40On April 28, during the twenty-fifth year of our captivity—fourteen years after the fall of Jerusalem—the Lord took hold of me.H2568H6242H8141H1546H7218H8141H6218H2320H702H6240H8141H310H5892H5221H6106H3117H3027H3068H935 2In a vision from God he took me to the land of Israel and set me down on a very high mountain. From there I could see toward the south what appeared to be a city.H4759H430H935H776H3478H5117H3966H1364H2022H4011H5892H5045 3As he brought me nearer, I saw a man whose face shone like bronze standing beside a gateway entrance. He was holding in his hand a linen measuring cord and a measuring rod.H935H376H4758H4758H5178H6616H6593H3027H4060H7070H5975H8179 4He said to me, “Son of man, watch and listen. Pay close attention to everything I show you. You have been brought here so I can show you many things. Then you will return to the people of Israel and tell them everything you have seen.”H376H1696H1121H120H7200H5869H8085H241H7760H3820H7200H4616H7200H935H5046H7200H1004H3478 5I could see a wall completely surrounding the Temple area. The man took a measuring rod that was 10 1/2 feet long and measured the wall, and the wall was 10 1/2 feet thick and 10 1/2 feet high.H2346H2351H1004H5439H376H3027H4060H7070H8337H520H520H2948H4058H7341H1146H259H7070H6967H259H7070 6Then he went over to the eastern gateway. He climbed the steps and measured the threshold of the gateway; it was 10 1/2 feet front to back.H935H8179H6440H1870H6921H5927H4609H4058H5592H8179H259H7070H7341H259H5592H259H7070H7341 7There were guard alcoves on each side built into the gateway passage. Each of these alcoves was 10 1/2 feet square, with a distance between them of 8 3/4 feet along the passage wall. The gateway’s inner threshold, which led to the entry room at the inner end of the gateway passage, was 10 1/2 feet front to back.H8372H259H7070H753H259H7070H7341H8372H2568H520H5592H8179H681H197H8179H1004H259H7070 8He also measured the entry room of the gateway.H4058H197H8179H1004H259H7070 9It was 14 feet across, with supporting columns 3 1/2 feet thick. This entry room was at the inner end of the gateway structure, facing toward the Temple.H4058H197H8179H8083H520H352H8147H520H197H8179H1004 10There were three guard alcoves on each side of the gateway passage. Each had the same measurements, and the dividing walls separating them were also identical.H8372H8179H1870H6921H7969H6311H7969H6311H7969H259H4060H352H259H4060 11The man measured the gateway entrance, which was 17 1/2 feet wide at the opening and 22 3/4 feet wide in the gateway passage.H4058H7341H6607H8179H6235H520H753H8179H7969H6240H520 12In front of each of the guard alcoves was a 21-inch curb. The alcoves themselves were 10 1/2 feet on each side.H1366H6440H8372H259H520H1366H520H8372H8337H520H8337H520 13Then he measured the entire width of the gateway, measuring the distance between the back walls of facing guard alcoves; this distance was 43 3/4 feet.H4058H8179H1406H8372H1406H7341H2568H6242H520H6607H6607 14He measured the dividing walls all along the inside of the gateway up to the entry room of the gateway; this distance was 105 feet.H6213H352H8346H520H352H2691H5439H8179 15The full length of the gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet from one end to the other.H6440H8179H2978H6440H197H6442H8179H2572H520 16There were recessed windows that narrowed inward through the walls of the guard alcoves and their dividing walls. There were also windows in the entry room. The surfaces of the dividing walls were decorated with carved palm trees.H331H2474H8372H352H6441H8179H5439H361H2474H5439H6441H352H8561 17Then the man brought me through the gateway into the outer courtyard of the Temple. A stone pavement ran along the walls of the courtyard, and thirty rooms were built against the walls, opening onto the pavement.H935H2435H2691H3957H7531H6213H2691H5439H7970H3957H7531 18This pavement flanked the gates and extended out from the walls into the courtyard the same distance as the gateway entrance. This was the lower pavement.H7531H3802H8179H5980H753H8179H8481H7531 19Then the man measured across the Temple’s outer courtyard between the outer and inner gateways; the distance was 175 feet.H4058H7341H6440H8481H8179H6440H6442H2691H2351H3967H520H6921H6828 20The man measured the gateway on the north just like the one on the east.H8179H2435H2691H6440H1870H6828H4058H753H7341 21Here, too, there were three guard alcoves on each side, with dividing walls and an entry room. All the measurements matched those of the east gateway. The gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide between the back walls of facing guard alcoves.H8372H7969H7969H352H361H4060H7223H8179H753H2572H520H7341H2568H6242H520 22The windows, the entry room, and the palm tree decorations were identical to those in the east gateway. There were seven steps leading up to the gateway entrance, and the entry room was at the inner end of the gateway passage.H2474H361H8561H4060H8179H6440H1870H6921H5927H7651H4609H361H6440 23Here on the north side, just as on the east, there was another gateway leading to the Temple’s inner courtyard directly opposite this outer gateway. The distance between the two gateways was 175 feet.H8179H6442H2691H8179H6828H6921H4058H8179H8179H3967H520 24Then the man took me around to the south gateway and measured its various parts, and they were exactly the same as in the others.H3212H1870H1864H8179H1870H1864H4058H352H361H4060 25It had windows along the walls as the others did, and there was an entry room where the gateway passage opened into the outer courtyard. And like the others, the gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide between the back walls of facing guard alcoves.H2474H361H5439H2474H753H2572H520H7341H2568H6242H520 26This gateway also had a stairway of seven steps leading up to it, and an entry room at the inner end, and palm tree decorations along the dividing walls.H7651H4609H5930H361H6440H8561H259H259H352 27And 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.H8179H6442H2691H1870H1864H4058H8179H8179H1870H1864H3967H520 28Then the man took me to the south gateway leading into the inner courtyard. He measured it, and it had the same measurements as the other gateways.H935H6442H2691H1864H8179H4058H1864H8179H4060 29Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and entry room were the same size as those in the others. It also had windows along its walls and in the entry room. And like the others, the gateway passage was 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide.H8372H352H361H4060H2474H361H5439H2572H520H753H2568H6242H520H7341 30(The entry rooms of the gateways leading into the inner courtyard were 14 feet across and 43 3/4 feet wide.)H361H5439H2568H6242H520H753H2568H520H7341 31The entry room to 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.H361H2435H2691H8561H352H4608H8083H4609 32Then he took me to the east gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it, and it had the same measurements as the other gateways.H935H6442H2691H1870H6921H4058H8179H4060 33Its guard alcoves, dividing walls, and entry room were the same size as those of the others, and there were windows along the walls and in the entry room. The gateway passage measured 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide.H8372H352H361H4060H2474H361H5439H2572H520H753H2568H6242H520H7341 34Its entry room faced into the outer courtyard. It had palm tree decorations on its columns, and there were eight steps leading to its entrance.H361H2435H2691H8561H352H4608H8083H4609 35Then he took me around to the north gateway leading to the inner courtyard. He measured it, and it had the same measurements as the other gateways.H935H6828H8179H4058H4060 36The guard alcoves, dividing walls, and entry room of this gateway had the same measurements as in the others and the same window arrangements. The gateway passage measured 87 1/2 feet long and 43 3/4 feet wide.H8372H352H361H2474H5439H753H2572H520H7341H2568H6242H520 37Its entry room faced into the outer courtyard, and it had palm tree decorations on the columns. There were eight steps leading to its entrance.H352H2435H2691H8561H352H4608H8083H4609 38A door led from the entry room of one of the inner gateways into a side room, where the meat for sacrifices was washed.H3957H6607H352H8179H1740H5930 39On each side of this entry room were two tables, where the sacrificial animals were slaughtered for the burnt offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.H197H8179H8147H7979H7979H7819H5930H2403H817 40Outside the entry room, on each side of the stairs going up to the north entrance, were two more tables.H3802H2351H5927H6607H6828H8179H8147H7979H312H3802H197H8179H8147H7979 41So there were eight tables in all—four inside and four outside—where the sacrifices were cut up and prepared.H702H7979H702H7979H3802H8179H8083H7979H7819 42There were also four tables of finished stone for preparation of the burnt offerings, each 31 1/2 inches square and 21 inches high. On these tables were placed the butchering knives and other implements for slaughtering the sacrificial animals.H702H7979H1496H68H5930H520H2677H753H520H2677H7341H259H520H1363H3240H3627H7819H5930H2077 43There were hooks, each 3 inches long, fastened to the foyer walls. The sacrificial meat was laid on the tables.H1004H8240H259H2948H3559H5439H7979H1320H7133 44Inside the inner courtyard were two rooms, one beside the north gateway, facing south, and the other beside the south gateway, facing north.H2351H6442H8179H3957H7891H6442H2691H3802H6828H8179H6440H1870H1864H259H3802H6921H8179H6440H1870H6828 45And the man said to me, “The room beside the north inner gate is for the priests who supervise the Temple maintenance.H1696H2090H3957H6440H1870H1864H3548H8104H4931H1004 46The room 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.”H3957H6440H1870H6828H3548H8104H4931H4196H1121H6659H1121H3878H7131H3068H8334 47Then the man measured the inner courtyard, and it was a square, 175 feet wide and 175 feet across. The altar stood in the courtyard in front of the Temple.H4058H2691H3967H520H753H3967H520H7341H7251H4196H6440H1004 48Then he brought me to the entry room of the Temple. He measured the walls on either side of the opening to the entry room, and they were 8 3/4 feet thick. The entrance itself was 24 1/2 feet wide, and the walls on each side of the entrance were an additional 5 1/4 feet long.H935H197H1004H4058H352H197H2568H520H2568H520H7341H8179H7969H520H7969H520 49The entry room was 35 feet wide and 21 feet deep. There were ten steps leading up to it, with a column on each side.H753H197H6242H520H7341H6249H6240H520H4609H5927H5982H352H259H259
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