Ezekiel 40

Vision of the New Temple

1 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 there
2In 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 Court

5And 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 centimeters
in 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 deep
7And 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 around
15From 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 Court

17Then 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 outside
a 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 Gate

20As 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 Gate

24And 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 Court

28Then 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 others
and 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 jambs
faced 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 gates
bn  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 shelves
a handbreadth long, were fastened all around within. And on the tables the flesh of the offering was to be laid.

Chambers for the Priests

44On the outside of the inner gateway there were two bx  chambers
Septuagint; Hebrew  were chambers for singers
in the bz  inner court, one
Hebrew lacks  one
at the side of the north gate facing south, the other at the side of the south
Septuagint; Hebrew east
gate 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  alone
among 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 Temple

48Then 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 gate
were three cubits on either side.
49 cn  The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and the breadth twelve
Septuagint; Hebrew eleven
cubits, and people would go up to it by ten steps.
Septuagint; Hebrew  and by steps that would go up to it
And there were pillars beside the jambs, one on either side.

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