Chambers for the Priests1 Then the man led me out northward into the outer court, and he brought me to the group of chambers opposite the temple courtyard and the [outer wall] on the north side. 2 The building with the door facing north [was] a hundred cubits long [and] fifty cubits wide. ▼
▼Measured in long cubits, that is about 175 feet long and 87.5 feet wide (53 meters long and 26.5 meters wide)3 Gallery faced gallery in three levels, opposite the twenty [cubits] ▼
▼Measured in long cubits, that is about 35 feet or 10.6 metersthat belonged to the inner court and opposite the pavement that belonged to the outer court. 4 In front of the chambers [was] an inner walkway ten cubits wide and a [hundred] cubits long. ▼
▼LXX, Measured in long cubits, that is about 17.5 feet wide and 175 feet long (5.3 meters wide and 53 meters long); Hebrew ten cubits wide and a cubit longTheir doors were on the north. 5 Now the upper chambers [were] smaller because the galleries took more space from the chambers on the lower and middle floors of the building. 6 For they were arranged in three stories and had no pillars like those of the courts; so the upper chambers were set back further than the lower and middle floors. 7 A wall on the outside ran in front of the chambers, parallel to them, toward the outer court, for fifty cubits. 8 For the chambers on the outer court [were] fifty cubits long, while those facing the temple [were] a hundred cubits [long] . 9 And below these chambers [was] the entrance on the east side as one enters them from the outer court. 10 On the south side ▼
▼LXX; Hebrew east sidealong the length of the wall of the outer court [were] chambers, adjoining the courtyard and opposite the building, 11 with a passageway in front of them, just like the chambers that were on the north. They had the same length and width, as well as all their exits, measurements, and entrances. 12 And corresponding to the doors of the chambers that [were] facing south, [there] [was] a door in front of the walkway that was parallel to the wall extending eastward. 13 Then the man said to me, “The north [and] south chambers facing the temple courtyard are the holy chambers where the priests who approach the LORD will eat the most holy offerings. There they will place the most holy offerings— the grain offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings— for the place is holy. 14 Once the priests have entered the holy area, they must not go out into the outer court until they have left behind the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they approach the places that are for the people.”
Outer Measurements15 Now when [the man] had finished measuring the interior of the temple area, he led me out by the gate that faced east, and he measured [the area] all around: 16 With a measuring rod he measured the east side [to be] five hundred cubits ▼
▼Measured in long cubits, that is about 875 feet or 265 meters; also in verses 17, 18, and 19. Hebrew 500 rods, also in verses 17, 18, and 19. LXX cubits from verse 17 and implied in verses 16, 18, and 19. The length of the rod was one cubit.[long] . 17 He measured the north side [to be] five hundred cubits [long] . 18 He measured the south side [to be] five hundred cubits [long] . 19 And he came around and measured the west side [to be] five hundred cubits [long] . 20 So he measured the area on all four sides. It had a wall all around, five hundred [cubits] long and five hundred [cubits] wide, to separate the holy from the common.
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