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12 “This is the law of the temple: The entire area on top of the mountain all around will be most holy. Indeed, this is the law of the temple.

The Altar

13 “And these are the measurements of the altar:[a] Its base[b] is 1¾ feet[c] high[d] and 1¾ feet[e] wide, and its border nine inches[f] on its edge. This is to be the height[g] of the altar. 14 From the base of the ground to the lower ledge is 3½ feet,[h] and the width 1¾ feet;[i] and from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, 7 feet,[j] and the width 1¾ feet;

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 43:13 tn Heb “the measurements of the altar by cubits, the cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth.” The measuring units here and in the remainder of this section are the Hebrew “long” cubit, consisting of a cubit (about 18 inches or 45 cm) and a handbreadth (about 3 inches or 7.5 cm), for a total of 21 inches (52.5 cm). Because modern readers are not familiar with the cubit as a unit of measurement, and due to the additional complication of the “long” cubit as opposed to the regular cubit, all measurements have been converted to American standard feet and inches, with the Hebrew measurements and the metric equivalents given in the notes. On the altar see Ezek 40:47.
  2. Ezekiel 43:13 tn The Hebrew term normally means “bosom.” Here it refers to a hollow in the ground.
  3. Ezekiel 43:13 tn Heb “one cubit” (i.e., 52.5 cm).
  4. Ezekiel 43:13 tn The word “high” is not in the Hebrew text but is supplied in the translation for clarity.
  5. Ezekiel 43:13 tn Heb “one cubit” (i.e., 52.5 cm).
  6. Ezekiel 43:13 tn Heb “one span.” A span was three handbreadths, or about nine inches (i.e., 22.5 cm).
  7. Ezekiel 43:13 tc Heb “bulge, protuberance, mound.” The translation follows the LXX.
  8. Ezekiel 43:14 tn Heb “2 cubits” (i.e., 1.05 meters).
  9. Ezekiel 43:14 tn Heb “one cubit” (i.e., 52.5 cm; the phrase occurs again later in this verse).
  10. Ezekiel 43:14 tn Heb “4 cubits” (i.e., 2.1 meters; the phrase also occurs in the next verse).

12 “This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area(A) on top of the mountain will be most holy.(B) Such is the law of the temple.

The Great Altar Restored

13 “These are the measurements of the altar(C) in long cubits,[a] that cubit being a cubit and a handbreadth: Its gutter is a cubit deep and a cubit wide, with a rim of one span[b] around the edge. And this is the height of the altar: 14 From the gutter on the ground up to the lower ledge that goes around the altar it is two cubits high, and the ledge is a cubit wide.[c] From this lower ledge to the upper ledge that goes around the altar it is four cubits high, and that ledge is also a cubit wide.[d]

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 43:13 That is, about 21 inches or about 53 centimeters; also in verses 14 and 17. The long cubit is the basic unit for linear measurement throughout Ezekiel 40–48.
  2. Ezekiel 43:13 That is, about 11 inches or about 27 centimeters
  3. Ezekiel 43:14 That is, about 3 1/2 feet high and 1 3/4 feet wide or about 105 centimeters high and 53 centimeters wide
  4. Ezekiel 43:14 That is, about 7 feet high and 1 3/4 feet wide or about 2.1 meters high and 53 centimeters wide

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