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Ezekiel 40:17-41:4 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

The outer court

17 Then he brought me into the outer court. There I saw some rooms and a pavement that had been constructed all round the court; there were thirty rooms along the pavement. 18 It abutted the sides of the gateways and was as wide as they were long; this was the lower pavement. 19 Then he measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the inner court; it was a hundred cubits[a] on the east side as well as on the north.

The north gate

20 Then he measured the length and width of the north gate, leading into the outer court. 21 Its alcoves – three on each side – its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as those of the first gateway. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 22 Its openings, its portico and its palm tree decorations had the same measurements as those of the gate facing east. Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them. 23 There was a gate to the inner court facing the north gate, just as there was on the east. He measured from one gate to the opposite one; it was a hundred cubits.

The south gate

24 Then he led me to the south side and I saw the south gate. He measured its jambs and its portico, and they had the same measurements as the others. 25 The gateway and its portico had narrow openings all round, like the openings of the others. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 26 Seven steps led up to it, with its portico opposite them; it had palm tree decorations on the faces of the projecting walls on each side. 27 The inner court also had a gate facing south, and he measured from this gate to the outer gate on the south side; it was a hundred cubits.

The gates to the inner court

28 Then he brought me into the inner court through the south gate, and he measured the south gate; it had the same measurements as the others. 29 Its alcoves, its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as the others. The gateway and its portico had openings all round. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 30 (The porticoes of the gateways around the inner court were twenty-five cubits wide and five cubits deep.) 31 Its portico faced the outer court; palm trees decorated its jambs, and eight steps led up to it.

32 Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side, and he measured the gateway; it had the same measurements as the others. 33 Its alcoves, its projecting walls and its portico had the same measurements as the others. The gateway and its portico had openings all round. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 34 Its portico faced the outer court; palm trees decorated the jambs on either side, and eight steps led up to it.

35 Then he brought me to the north gate and measured it. It had the same measurements as the others, 36 as did its alcoves, its projecting walls and its portico, and it had openings all round. It was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide. 37 Its portico[b] faced the outer court; palm trees decorated the jambs on either side, and eight steps led up to it.

The rooms for preparing sacrifices

38 A room with a doorway was by the portico in each of the inner gateways, where the burnt offerings were washed. 39 In the portico of the gateway were two tables on each side, on which the burnt offerings, sin offerings[c] and guilt offerings were slaughtered. 40 By the outside wall of the portico of the gateway, near the steps at the entrance of the north gateway were two tables, and on the other side of the steps were two tables. 41 So there were four tables on one side of the gateway and four on the other – eight tables in all – on which the sacrifices were slaughtered. 42 There were also four tables of dressed stone for the burnt offerings, each a cubit and a half long, a cubit and a half wide and a cubit high.[d] On them were placed the utensils for slaughtering the burnt offerings and the other sacrifices. 43 And double-pronged hooks, each a handbreadth[e] long, were attached to the wall all round. The tables were for the flesh of the offerings.

The rooms for the priests

44 Outside the inner gate, within the inner court, were two rooms, one[f] at the side of the north gate and facing south, and another at the side of the south[g] gate and facing north. 45 He said to me, ‘The room facing south is for the priests who guard the temple, 46 and the room facing north is for the priests who guard the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, who are the only Levites who may draw near to the Lord to minister before him.’

47 Then he measured the court: it was square – a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits wide. And the altar was in front of the temple.

The new temple

48 He brought me to the portico of the temple and measured the jambs of the portico; they were five cubits wide on either side. The width of the entrance was fourteen cubits[h] and its projecting walls were[i] three cubits[j] wide on either side. 49 The portico was twenty cubits[k] wide, and twelve[l] cubits[m] from front to back. It was reached by a flight of stairs,[n] and there were pillars on each side of the jambs.

41 Then the man brought me to the main hall and measured the jambs; the width of the jambs was six cubits[o] on each side.[p] The entrance was ten cubits[q] wide, and the projecting walls on each side of it were five cubits[r] wide. He also measured the main hall; it was forty cubits long and twenty cubits wide.[s]

Then he went into the inner sanctuary and measured the jambs of the entrance; each was two cubits[t] wide. The entrance was six cubits wide, and the projecting walls on each side of it were seven cubits[u] wide. And he measured the length of the inner sanctuary; it was twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits across the end of the main hall. He said to me, ‘This is the Most Holy Place.’

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 40:19 That is, about 53 metres; also in verses 23, 27 and 47
  2. Ezekiel 40:37 Septuagint (see also verses 31 and 34); Hebrew jambs
  3. Ezekiel 40:39 Or purification offerings
  4. Ezekiel 40:42 That is, about 80 centimetres long and wide and 53 centimetres high
  5. Ezekiel 40:43 That is, about 9 centimetres
  6. Ezekiel 40:44 Septuagint; Hebrew were rooms for singers, which were
  7. Ezekiel 40:44 Septuagint; Hebrew east
  8. Ezekiel 40:48 That is, about 7.4 metres
  9. Ezekiel 40:48 Septuagint; Hebrew entrance was
  10. Ezekiel 40:48 That is, about 1.6 metres
  11. Ezekiel 40:49 That is, about 11 metres
  12. Ezekiel 40:49 Septuagint; Hebrew eleven
  13. Ezekiel 40:49 That is, about 6.4 metres
  14. Ezekiel 40:49 Hebrew; Septuagint Ten steps led up to it
  15. Ezekiel 41:1 That is, about 3.2 metres; also in verses 3, 5 and 8
  16. Ezekiel 41:1 One Hebrew manuscript and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts side, the width of the tent
  17. Ezekiel 41:2 That is, about 5.3 metres
  18. Ezekiel 41:2 That is, about 2.7 metres; also in verses 9, 11 and 12
  19. Ezekiel 41:2 That is, about 21 metres long and 11 metres wide
  20. Ezekiel 41:3 That is, about 1.1 metres; also in verse 22
  21. Ezekiel 41:3 That is, about 3.7 metres
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