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Ezekiel 42Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Priests’ Chambers

42 Then the man led me out by way of the north gate into the outer court. He brought me to the group of chambers opposite the temple yard and opposite the building to the north. Along the length of the chambers, which was 175 feet,[a] there was an entrance on the north; the width was 87½ feet.[b] Opposite the 35 foot space[c] belonging to the inner court and opposite the paved surface belonging to the outer court, the structure rose gallery by gallery in three tiers. In front of the chambers was a walkway toward the inside, 17½ feet[d] wide and 175 feet[e] long,[f] and their entrances were on the north. The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building. For they were arranged in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts; therefore the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and middle stories. A wall on the outside ran in front of the chambers, parallel to them, toward the outer court; it was 87½ feet[g] long. For the chambers on the outer court were 87½ feet long, while those facing the great hall were 175 feet[h] long. At the base of these chambers there was an entryway on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.

10 In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the south,[i] there were chambers facing the temple yard and the western building, 11 with a passageway in front of them, just like the chambers that faced north. Their length and width, as well as all their exits, measurements, and entrances, were identical. 12 The entrance at the beginning of the passageway, the way in front of the corresponding[j] wall as one enters on the east side, was similar to the entrances of the chambers that were on the south side.

13 Then the man said to me, “The northern and southern chambers that face the temple yard are the holy chambers where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will deposit the most holy offerings—the grain offerings, sin offerings, and restitution offerings—for the place is holy. 14 Once the priests have entered, they must not go out from the holy area to the outer court until they have removed the clothes they minister in, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they approach the public area.”

Outside Dimensions of the Temple Complex

15 When he finished measuring inside the temple complex, he led me out by way of the gate that faced east and measured all around the complex.

16 He measured the east side with a measuring rod;
it was 875 feet[k] by the measuring rod.[l]
17 He[m] measured the north side;
it was 875 feet[n] by the measuring rod.[o]
18 He[p] measured the south side;
it was 875 feet[q] by the measuring rod.[r]
19 Then he turned to the west side
and measured 875 feet[s] by the measuring rod.[t]

20 He measured the temple complex on all four sides. It had a wall all around it, 875 feet long and 875 feet wide, to separate the holy from the common.


  1. Ezekiel 42:2 Lit 100 cubits
  2. Ezekiel 42:2 Lit 50 cubits
  3. Ezekiel 42:3 Lit 20 [cubits]
  4. Ezekiel 42:4 Lit 10 cubits
  5. Ezekiel 42:4 Lit 100 cubits
  6. Ezekiel 42:4 LXX, Syr; MT reads wide, a way of one cubit
  7. Ezekiel 42:7 Lit 50 cubits
  8. Ezekiel 42:8 Lit 100 cubits
  9. Ezekiel 42:10 LXX; MT reads east
  10. Ezekiel 42:12 Or protective; Hb obscure
  11. Ezekiel 42:16 Lit 500 in rods
  12. Ezekiel 42:16 Lit rod all around
  13. Ezekiel 42:17 LXX reads Then he turned to the north and
  14. Ezekiel 42:17 Lit 500 in rods
  15. Ezekiel 42:17 Lit rod all around
  16. Ezekiel 42:18 LXX reads Then he turned to the south and
  17. Ezekiel 42:18 Lit 500 in rods
  18. Ezekiel 42:18 Lit rod all around
  19. Ezekiel 42:19 Lit 500 in rods
  20. Ezekiel 42:19 Lit rod all around

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