The chambers for the priests.
Ezekiel 42:1 And he brought me forth into the outer court, the way toward the north; and he brought me to the cells that were over against the separate place and which were over against the building, toward the north, Ezekiel 42:2 before the length of the hundred cubits: the entry was on the north, and the breadth was fifty cubits, Ezekiel 42:3 over against the twenty [cubits] that pertained to the inner court, and over against the pavement that pertained to the outer court; there was gallery against gallery in the third [story]; Ezekiel 42:4 and before the cells was a walk of ten cubits in breadth, [and] a way of a hundred cubits inward; and their entries were toward the north. Ezekiel 42:5 And the upper cells, because the galleries encroached on them, were shorter than the lower, and than the middle-most of the building. Ezekiel 42:6 For they were in three [stories], but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts; therefore [the third story] was straitened more than the lowest and the middle-most from the ground. Ezekiel 42:7 And the wall that was without, answering to the cells, toward the outer court in the front of the cells, its length was fifty cubits: Ezekiel 42:8 for the length of the cells that were against the outer court was fifty cubits; but behold, before the temple it was a hundred cubits. Ezekiel 42:9 And under these cells was the entry from the east, as one goeth into them from the outer court. Ezekiel 42:10 In the breadth of the wall of the court toward the south, before the separate place, and before the building, were cells; Ezekiel 42:11 and a passage before them, like the appearance of the cells that were toward the north, according to their length, according to their breadth and all their goings out, and according to their fashions, and according to their doors. Ezekiel 42:12 And according to the doors of the cells that were toward the south there was a door at the head of the way, the way directly before the corresponding wall toward the east as one entereth into them.
The use thereof.
Ezekiel 42:13 And he said unto me, The north cells [and] the south cells, which are before the separate place, they are holy cells, where the priests that come near unto Jehovah shall eat the most holy things; there shall they lay the most holy things, both the oblation and the sin-offering and the trespass-offering: for the place is holy. Ezekiel 42:14 When the priests enter in, they shall not go forth from the sanctuary into the outer court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister, for they are holy; and they shall put on other garments, and shall approach to that which is for the people. Ezekiel 42:15 And when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose front was toward the east, and measured [the enclosure] round about. Ezekiel 42:16 He measured the east side with the measuring-reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring-reed round about. Ezekiel 42:17 He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring-reed round about. Ezekiel 42:18 He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring-reed.
The measures of the outward court.
Ezekiel 42:19 He turned about to the west side, [and] measured five hundred reeds with the measuring-reed. Ezekiel 42:20 He measured it on the four sides; it had a wall round about, five hundred long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between that which was holy and that which was common.