Ezekiel 40

Ezekiel 40

 
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25 It had windows along the walls as the others did, and there was a foyer where the gateway passage opened into the outer courtyard. And like the others, the gateway passage was 87 feet long and 43 feet wide between the back walls of facing guard alcoves.

26 This gateway also had a stairway of seven steps leading up to it, and there were palm tree decorations along the dividing walls.

27 And here again, directly opposite the outer gateway, was another gateway that led into the inner courtyard. The distance between the two gateways was 175 feet.

28 Then the man took me to the south gateway leading into the inner courtyard. He measured it and found that it had the same measurements as the other gateways.

29 Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and foyer were the same size as those in the others. It also had windows along its walls and in the foyer structure. And like the others, the gateway passage was 87 feet long and 43 feet wide.

30 (The foyers of the gateways leading into the inner courtyard were 8 feet deep and 43 feet wide.)

31 The foyer of the south gateway faced into the outer courtyard. It had palm tree decorations on its columns, and there were eight steps leading to its entrance.

32 Then he took me to the east gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it and found that it had the same measurements as the other gateways.

33 Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and foyer were the same size as those of the others, and there were windows along the walls and in the foyer structure. The gateway passage measured 87 feet long and 43 feet wide.

34 Its foyer faced into the outer courtyard. It had palm tree decorations on its columns, and there were eight steps leading to its entrance.

35 Then he took me around to the north gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it and found that it had the same measurements as the other gateways.

36 The guard alcoves, dividing walls, and foyer of this gateway had the same measurements as in the others and the same window arrangements. The gateway passage measured 87 feet long and 43 feet wide.

37 Its foyer faced into the outer courtyard, and it had palm tree decorations on the columns. There were eight steps leading to its entrance.

38 A door led from the foyer of the inner gateway on the north side into a side room where the meat for sacrifices was washed before being taken to the altar.

39 On each side of this foyer were two tables, where the sacrificial animals were slaughtered for the burnt offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.

40 Outside the foyer, on each side of the stairs going up to the north entrance, there were two more tables.

41 So there were eight tables in all, four inside and four outside, where the sacrifices were cut up and prepared.

42 There were also four tables of hewn stone for preparation of the burnt offerings, each 31 inches square and 21 inches high. On these tables were placed the butchering knives and other implements and the sacrificial animals.

43 There were hooks, each three inches* long, fastened to the foyer walls and set on the tables where the sacrificial meat was to be laid.1

44 Inside the inner courtyard there were two one-room buildings for the singers, one beside the north gateway, facing south, and the other beside the south* gateway, facing north.2

45 And the man said to me, "The building beside the north inner gate is for the priests who supervise the Temple maintenance.

46 The building beside the south inner gate is for the priests in charge of the altar--the descendants of Zadok--for they alone of all the Levites may approach the LORD to minister to him."

47 Then the man measured the inner courtyard and found it to be 175 feet square. The altar stood there in the courtyard in front of the Temple.

48 Then he brought me to the foyer of the Temple. He measured its supporting columns and found them to be 8 feet square. The entrance was 24 feet wide with walls 5 feet thick.

49 The depth of the foyer was 35 feet and the width was 19 feet. There were ten steps leading up to it, with a column on each side.


Notes:

1: Hebrew a handbreadth [8 centimeters].

2: As in Greek version; Hebrew reads east.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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