Vision of the New Temple1 a In the twenty-fifth year b of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month c in the fourteenth year after the city was struck down, on that very day d the hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me to the city. ▼
▼Hebrew brought me there2In f visions of God he brought me to the land of Israel, and set me down on g a very high mountain, on which was a structure like a city to the south. 3When he brought me there, behold, there was h a man whose appearance was i like bronze, with j a linen cord and k a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway. 4And the man said to me, l “Son of man, m look with your eyes, and n hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you, for you were brought here in order that I might show it to you. o Declare all that you see to the house of Israel.”
The East Gate to the Outer Court5And behold, there was p a wall all around the outside of the temple area, and the length of the measuring reed in the man’s hand was six long cubits, q each being a cubit and a handbreadth ▼
▼A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters; a handbreadth was about 3 inches or 7.5 centimetersin length. So he measured the thickness of the wall, one reed; and the height, one reed. 6Then he went into s the gateway facing east, t going up its steps, and measured the threshold of the gate, one reed deep. ▼
▼Hebrew deep, and one threshold, one reed deep7And v the side rooms, one reed long and one reed broad; and the space between the side rooms, five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the vestibule of the gate at the inner end, one reed. 8Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, on the inside, one reed. 9Then he measured the vestibule of the gateway, eight cubits; w and its jambs, two cubits; and the vestibule of the gate was at the inner end. 10And there were three side rooms on either side of the east gate. x The three were of the same size, and the jambs on either side were of the same size. 11Then he measured the width of the opening of the gateway, ten cubits; and the length of the gateway, thirteen cubits. 12There was a barrier before the side rooms, one cubit on either side. And the side rooms were six cubits on either side. 13Then he measured the gate from the ceiling of the one side room to the ceiling of the other, a breadth of twenty-five cubits; the openings faced each other. 14He measured also y the vestibule, twenty cubits. And around the vestibule of the gateway was the court. ▼
▼Text uncertain; Hebrew And he made the jambs sixty cubits, and to the jamb of the court was the gateway all around15From the front of the gate at the entrance to the front of the inner vestibule of the gate was fifty cubits. 16And the gateway had aa windows all around, narrowing inwards toward the side rooms and toward their ab jambs, and likewise the vestibule had windows all around inside, and on the jambs were ac palm trees.
The Outer Court17Then he brought me into ad the outer court. And behold, there were ae chambers and a af pavement, all around the court. ag Thirty chambers faced the pavement. 18And the pavement ran along the side of the gates, corresponding to the length of the gates. This was the lower pavement. 19Then he measured the distance from the inner front of the lower gate to the outer front of the inner court, ▼
▼Hebrew distance from before the low gate before the inner court to the outsidea hundred cubits on the east side and on the north side. ▼
▼Or cubits. So far the eastern gate; now to the northern gate.
The North Gate20As for aj the gate that faced toward the north, belonging to ak the outer court, he measured its length and its breadth. 21Its al side rooms, three on either side, and its jambs and its vestibule were of the same size as those of am the first gate. Its length was an fifty cubits, and its breadth ao twenty-five cubits. 22And ap its windows, its vestibule, and aq its palm trees were of the same size as those of the gate that faced toward the east. And by seven steps ar people would go up to it, and find its vestibule before them. 23And opposite the gate on the north, as on the east, was a gate to as the inner court. And at he measured from gate to gate, a hundred cubits.
The South Gate24And he led me toward the south, and behold, there was a gate on the south. And au he measured its jambs and its vestibule; they had the same size as the others. 25Both it and its vestibule av had windows all around, like the windows of the others. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 26And there were seven steps leading up to it, and its vestibule was before them, and it had aw palm trees on its jambs, one on either side. 27And there was a gate on the south of ax the inner court. And he measured from gate to gate toward the south, a hundred cubits.
The Inner Court28Then he brought me to ay the inner court through the south gate, and az he measured the south gate. It was of the same size as the others. 29Its ba side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others, and both it and its vestibule bb had windows all around. bc Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 30And there were vestibules all around, twenty-five cubits long and five cubits broad. 31Its vestibule faced the outer court, and bd palm trees were on its jambs, and be its stairway had eight steps. 32Then he brought me to the inner court on the east side, and bf he measured the gate. It was of the same size as the others. 33Its side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others, and both it and its vestibule had windows all around. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 34 bg Its vestibule faced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its jambs, on either side, and its stairway had eight steps. 35Then he brought me to bh the north gate, and bi he measured it. It had the same size as the others. 36Its side rooms, its jambs, and its vestibule were of the same size as the others, ▼
▼One manuscript (compare verses 29 and 33); most manuscripts lack were of the same size as the othersand it had windows all around. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 37Its vestibule ▼
▼Septuagint, Vulgate (compare verses 26, 31, 34); Hebrew jambsfaced the outer court, and it had palm trees on its jambs, on either side, and its stairway had eight steps. 38There was bl a chamber with its door in the vestibule of the gate, ▼
▼Hebrew at the jambs, the gatesbn where the burnt offering was to be washed. 39And in the vestibule of the gate were two bo tables on either side, on which the bp burnt offering and the bq sin offering and the br guilt offering were to be slaughtered. 40And off to the side, on the outside as one goes up to the entrance of the north gate, were two tables; and off to the other side of the vestibule of the gate were two tables. 41 bs Four tables were on either side of the gate, eight tables bt on which to slaughter. 42And there were four tables bu of hewn stone for the burnt offering, a cubit and a half long, and a cubit and a half broad, and one cubit high, on which the instruments were to be laid with which the bv burnt offerings and the sacrifices were slaughtered. 43And hooks, ▼
▼Or shelvesa handbreadth long, were fastened all around within. And on the tables the flesh of the offering was to be laid.
Chambers for the Priests44On the outside of the inner gateway there were two bx chambers ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew were chambers for singersin the bz inner court, one ▼
▼Hebrew lacks oneat the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the south ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew eastgate facing north. 45And he said to me, “This chamber that faces south is for the priests cc who have charge of the temple, 46and the chamber that faces north is for the priests cd who have charge of the altar. These are ce the sons of Zadok, who alone ▼
▼Hebrew lacks aloneamong the sons of Levi may come cg near to the Lord to minister to him.” 47And he measured the court, ch a hundred cubits long and ci a hundred cubits broad, a square. And cj the altar was in front of the temple.
The Vestibule of the Temple48Then he brought me to ck the vestibule of the temple and measured the cl jambs of the vestibule, five cubits on either side. And the breadth of the gate was fourteen cubits, and the sidewalls of the gate ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew lacks was fourteen cubits, and the sidewalls of the gatewere three cubits on either side. 49 cn The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the breadth twelve ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew elevencubits, and people would go up to it by ten steps. ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew and by steps that would go up to itAnd there were pillars beside the jambs, one on either side.
The Inner Temple1Then he brought me to cq the nave and measured the cr jambs. On each side six cubits ▼
▼A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeterswas the breadth of the jambs. ▼
▼Compare Septuagint; Hebrew tent2And the breadth of the entrance was ten cubits, and the sidewalls of the entrance were five cubits on either side. And he measured the length of the nave, ▼
▼Hebrew its lengthcv forty cubits, and its breadth, cw twenty cubits. 3Then he went cx into the inner room and measured the jambs of the entrance, two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits; and the sidewalls on either side ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew and the breadthof the entrance, seven cubits. 4And he measured cz the length of the room, twenty cubits, and its breadth, twenty cubits, across da the nave. And he said to me, “This is db the Most Holy Place.” 5Then he measured the wall of the temple, six cubits thick, and the breadth of dc the side chambers, four cubits, dd all around the temple. 6And the side chambers were in three stories, one over another, de thirty in each story. There were offsets ▼
▼Septuagint, compare 1 Kings 6:6; the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertainall around the wall of the temple to serve as supports for the side chambers, dg so that they should not be supported by the wall of the temple. 7And it became broader as it wound upward to the side chambers, because the temple was enclosed upward all around the temple. Thus the temple had a broad area upward, and dh so one went up from the lowest story to the top story through the middle story. 8I saw also that the temple had a raised platform all around; the foundations of the side chambers measured a full reed of di six long cubits. 9The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits. dj The free space between the side chambers of the temple and the 10 dk other chambers was a breadth of dl twenty cubits all around the temple on every side. 11And the doors of the dm side chambers opened on dn the free space, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south. And the breadth of the free space was five cubits all around. 12The building that was facing do the separate yard on the west side was seventy cubits broad, and the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length ninety cubits. 13Then he measured the temple, dp a hundred cubits long; and the yard and the building with its walls, a hundred cubits long; 14also the breadth of the east front of the temple and the yard, a hundred cubits. 15Then he measured the length of dq the building facing the yard that was at the back and dr its galleries ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew term is unknown; also verse 16on either side, a hundred cubits. The inside of the nave and the vestibules of the court, 16 dt the thresholds and du the narrow windows and the galleries all around the three of them, opposite the threshold, were paneled with wood all around, from the floor up to the windows (now the windows were covered), 17to the space above the door, even to the inner room, and on the outside. And on all the walls all around, inside and outside, was a measured pattern. ▼
▼Hebrew were measurements18It was carved of dw cherubim and dx palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Every cherub had two faces: 19 dy a human face toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved on the whole temple all around. 20From the floor to above the door, cherubim and palm trees were carved; similarly the wall of the nave. 21The doorposts of dz the nave were squared, and in front of ea the Holy Place was something resembling 22 eb an altar of wood, three cubits high, two cubits long, and two cubits broad. ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew lacks two cubits broadIts corners, its base ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew lengthand its walls were of wood. He said to me, “This is ee the table that is before the Lord.” 23The nave and the Holy Place had each ef a double door. 24The double doors had two leaves apiece, eg two swinging leaves for each door. 25And on the doors of the nave were carved cherubim and palm trees, eh such as were carved on the walls. And there was ei a canopy ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown; also verse 26of wood in front of ek the vestibule outside. 26And there were el narrow windows and palm trees on either side, on the sidewalls of the vestibule, em the side chambers of the temple, and the en canopies.
The Temple’s Chambers1Then he led me out into eo the outer court, ep toward the north, and he brought me to eq the chambers that were opposite er the separate yard and opposite es the building on the north. 2The length of the building whose door faced north was et a hundred cubits, ▼
▼A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimetersand ev the breadth fifty cubits. 3Facing ew the twenty cubits that belonged to the inner court, and facing ex the pavement that belonged to the outer court, was ey gallery ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown; also verse 5against gallery in three stories. 4And fa before the chambers was a passage inward, ten cubits wide and fb a hundred cubits long, ▼
▼Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew and a way of one cubitand fd their doors were on the north. 5Now the upper chambers were narrower, for the galleries took more away from them than from the lower and middle chambers of the building. 6For they were in three stories, and they had no pillars like the pillars of the courts. Thus the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and the middle ones. 7And fe there was a wall outside parallel to the chambers, toward the outer court, opposite the chambers, ff fifty cubits long. 8For the chambers on the outer court were fifty cubits long, while those opposite fg the nave ▼
▼Or templewere fi a hundred cubits long. 9Below these chambers was fj an entrance on the east side, as one enters them from the outer court. 10In the thickness of fk the wall of the court, on the south ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew eastalso, opposite fm the yard and opposite fn the building, there were fo chambers 11with fp a passage in front of them. They were similar to the chambers on the north, of the same length and breadth, with the same exits ▼
▼Hebrew and all their exitsand arrangements and fr doors, 12as were the entrances of the chambers on the south. There was an entrance at the beginning of the passage, the passage before fs the corresponding wall on the east as one enters them. ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain13Then he said to me, “The north chambers and the south chambers opposite fu the yard are the holy chambers, fv where the priests who approach the Lord fw shall eat the fx most holy offerings. There they shall put the most holy offerings— fy the grain offering, fz the sin offering, and ga the guilt offering—for the place is holy. 14When the priests enter the Holy Place, they shall not go out of it into the outer court gb without laying there the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. gc They shall put on other garments before they go near to that which is for the people.” 15Now when he had finished measuring the interior of the temple area, he led me out by gd the gate that faced east, and measured the temple area all around. 16He measured the east side with ge the measuring reed, 500 cubits by the measuring reed all around. 17He measured the north side, 500 cubits by the measuring reed all around. 18He measured the south side, 500 cubits by the measuring reed. 19Then he turned to the west side and measured, 500 cubits by the measuring reed. 20He measured it on the four sides. It had gf a wall around it, gg 500 cubits long and gh 500 cubits broad, gi to make a separation between the holy and the common.
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