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Ezekiel 42Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Holy Chambers and the Outer Wall

42 Then he led me out into the inner[a] court, toward the north, and he brought me to the chambers which were opposite the temple yard and opposite the building on the north. The length of the building which was on the north side[b] was[c] a hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty cubits. Adjoining the twenty cubits which belonged to the inner court, and facing the pavement which belonged to the outer court, was gallery[d] against gallery[e] in three stories. And before the chambers was a passage inward, ten cubits wide and a hundred cubits long,[f] and their doors were on the north. Now the upper chambers were narrower, for the galleries[g] took more away from them than from the lower and middle chambers in the building. For they were in three stories, and they had no pillars like the pillars of the outer[h] court; hence the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and the middle ones. And there was a wall outside parallel to the chambers, toward the outer court, opposite the chambers, fifty cubits long. For the chambers on the outer court were fifty cubits long, while those opposite the temple were a hundred cubits long. Below these chambers was an entrance on the east side, as one enters them from the outer court, 10 where the outside wall begins.[i]

On the south[j] also, opposite the yard and opposite the building, there were chambers 11 with 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[k] and arrangements and doors. 12 And below the south chambers was an entrance on the east side, where one enters the passage, and opposite them was a dividing wall.[l]

13 Then he said to me, “The north chambers and the south chambers opposite the yard are the holy chambers, where the priests who approach the Lord shall eat the most holy offerings; there they shall put the most holy offerings—the cereal offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, for the place is holy. 14 When the priests enter the holy place, they shall not go out of it into the outer court without laying there the garments in which they minister, for these are holy; they shall put on other garments before they go near to that which is for the people.”

15 Now when he had finished measuring the interior of the temple area, he led me out by the gate which faced east, and measured the temple area round about. 16 He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 17 Then he turned and measured[m] the north side, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 18 Then he turned and measured[n] the south side, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 19 Then he turned to the west side and measured, five hundred cubits by the measuring reed. 20 He measured it on the four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits broad, to make a separation between the holy and the common.


  1. Ezekiel 42:1 Gk: Heb outer
  2. Ezekiel 42:2 Gk: Heb door
  3. Ezekiel 42:2 Gk: Heb before the length
  4. Ezekiel 42:3 The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown
  5. Ezekiel 42:3 The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown
  6. Ezekiel 42:4 Gk Syr: Heb a way of one cubit
  7. Ezekiel 42:5 The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown
  8. Ezekiel 42:6 Gk: Heb lacks outer
  9. Ezekiel 42:10 Cn Compare Gk: Heb in the breadth of the wall of the court
  10. Ezekiel 42:10 Gk: Heb east
  11. Ezekiel 42:11 Heb and all their exits
  12. Ezekiel 42:12 Cn: Heb And according to the entrances of the chambers that were toward the south was an entrance at the head of the way, the way before the dividing wall toward the east as one enters them
  13. Ezekiel 42:17 Gk: Heb measuring reed round about. He measured
  14. Ezekiel 42:18 Gk: Heb measuring reed round about. He measured
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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