Ezekiel 40

1In the twenty-fifth year after we were taken away into captivity, at the beginning of the year ˻(October)˼, on the tenth day of the month the Lord’s power came on me. This was fourteen years after the Babylonians took Jerusalem. On that day, the Lord took me there ˻in a vision˼. 2In a vision, God carried me to the land of Israel. He put me down near a very high mountain. On that mountain in front of me was a building that looked like a city. 3The Lord brought me there. There was a man there that looked ˻shiny˼ like ˻polished˼ bronze. That man had a cloth tape measure and a measuring rod in his hand. He was standing by the gate. 4The man said to me, “Son of man, use your eyes and ears. Look at these things and listen to me. Pay attention to everything that I show you. Why? Because you have been brought here so I can show you these things. You must tell the family of Israel all that you see.” 5I saw a wall that went all the way around the outside of the temple. In the man’s hand there was a ruler for measuring things. It was 6 cubits long using the long measurement. So the man measured the thickness of the wall. It was one ruler thick. The man measured the height of the wall. It was one ruler tall. 6Then the man went to the east gate. The man walked up its steps and measured the opening for the gate. It was one ruler wide. 7The rooms for the guards were one ruler long and one ruler wide. The walls between the rooms were 5 cubits thick. The opening by the porch at the end of the gateway that faced the temple was also one ruler wide. 8Then the man measured the porch. 9It was 8 cubits long. The man measured the walls on either side of the gate. Each side wall was 2 cubits wide. The porch was at the end of the gateway that faced the temple. 10There were three little rooms on each side of the gateway. All of these rooms measured the same. And all of their side walls measured the same. 11The man measured the entrance to the gateway. It was 10 cubits wide and 13 cubits long. 12There was a low wall in front of each room. That wall was 1 cubit tall and 1 cubit thick. The rooms were square. Each wall was 6 cubits long. 13The man measured the gateway from ˻outside edge of˼ the roof of one room to the ˻outside edge of˼ roof of the opposite room. It was 25 cubits. Each door was directly opposite the other door. 14The man measured the faces of all the side walls, including the side walls on either side of the porch at the courtyard. The total was 60 cubits. 15From the inside edge of the outer gate to the far end of the porch was 50 cubits. 16There were small windows above all the guardrooms, the side walls, and the porch. The wide part of the windows faced into the gateway. There were carvings of palm trees on the walls that were on either side of the gateway. 17Then the man led me into the outer courtyard. I saw thirty rooms and a pavement that went all the way around the courtyard. The rooms were along the wall and faced in toward the pavement. 18The pavement was as wide as the gates were long. The pavement reached to the inside end of the gateway. This was the lower pavement. 19The man measured the distance from the inside of the lower gateway to the outside of the ˻inner˼ courtyard. It was 100 cubits on the east side as well as on the north side. 20Then the man measured the length and width of the north gate that was in the wall surrounding the outer courtyard. 21This gateway, its three rooms on each side, and its porch all measured the same as the first gate. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide. 22Its windows, its porch, and its carvings of palm trees measured the same as the east gate. ˻On the outside,˼ there were seven steps leading up to the gate. And its porch was at the inside end of the gateway. 23Across ˻the courtyard˼ from the north gate, there was a gate to the inner courtyard. It was like the gate on the east. The man measured from the gate ˻on the inner wall˼ to the gate ˻on the outer wall˼. It was 100 cubits from gate to gate. 24Then the man led me to the south wall. I saw a gate in the south ˻wall˼. The man measured its side walls and its porch. They measured the same as the other gates. 25The gateway and its porch had windows all around like the other gates. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide. 26There were seven steps going up to this gate. And its porch was at the inside end of the gateway. It had carvings of palm trees on the walls that were on either side of the gateway. 27A gate was on the south side of the inner courtyard. The man measured from the gate ˻on the inner wall˼ to the gate ˻on the outer wall˼. It was 100 cubits from gate to gate. 28Then the man led me through the south gate into the inner courtyard. He measured this gate. This gateway measured the same as the other gates to the inner courtyard. 29Its rooms, side walls, and porch also measured the same as the other gates. There were windows all around gateway and its porch. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide. 30The porch was 25 cubits wide and 5 cubits long. 31And its porch was at the end of the gateway next to the outer courtyard. Carvings of palm trees were on the walls ˻on either side of the gateway˼. There were eight steps leading up to the gate. 32Then the man led me into the inner courtyard on the east side. He measured the gate. It measured the same as the other gates. 33Its rooms, side walls, and porch also measured the same as the other gates. There were windows all around the gateway and its porch. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide. 34And its porch was at the end of the gateway next to the outer courtyard. Carvings of palm trees were on the walls on either side of the gateway. There were eight steps leading up to the gate. 35Then the man led me to the north gate. He measured it. It measured the same as the other gates. 36Its rooms, side walls, and porch also measured the same as the other gates. There were windows all around gateway and its porch. The gateway was 50 cubits long and 25 cubits wide. 37And its porch was at the end of the gateway next to the outer courtyard. Carvings of palm trees were on the walls on either side of the gateway. There were eight steps leading up to the gate. 38There was a room with a door that opened onto the porch of this gate. This is where the priests wash the animals for the burnt offerings. 39There were two tables on each side ˻of the door˼ of this porch. The animals for the burnt offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings were killed on these tables. 40There were also two tables on each side of the door on the outside ˻wall˼ of this porch. 41So there were four tables on the inside ˻wall˼ and four tables on the outside ˻wall˼—eight tables that the priests used when they killed the animals for sacrifices. 42There were also four tables made from cut stone for the burnt offerings. These tables were 1,1/2 cubits long, 1,1/2 cubits wide, and 1 cubit high. On these tables, the priests put their tools that they used to kill the animals for the burnt offerings and other sacrifices. 43There were meat hooks three inches long on all the walls in this area. The meat of the offerings was put on the tables. 44There were two rooms in the inner courtyard. One was by the north gate facing south. The other room was by the south gate facing north. 45The man said to me, “The room that looks to the south is for the priests who are on duty and serving in the temple area. 46But the room that looks to the north is for the priests who are on duty and serving at the altar. The priests are from the family group of Levi. But this second group of priests are the descendants of Zadok. They are the only people who can carry the sacrifices to the altar to serve the Lord.” 47The man measured the ˻inner˼ courtyard. The courtyard was a perfect square. It was 100 cubits long and 100 cubits wide. The altar was in front of the temple. 48Then the man led me to the porch of the temple and measured the walls on either side of the porch. Each side wall was 5 cubits thick and 3 cubits wide. And the opening ˻between them˼ was 14 cubits. 49The porch was 20 cubits wide and 12 cubits long. Ten steps went up to the porch. There were two columns for the walls on either side of the porch—one at each wall.

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