Through My Bible Yr 02 – June 30

Ezekiel 40:48 – 41:26

Through My Bible – June 30

Ezekiel 40:48 – 41:26 (EHV)

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Ezekiel 40

The Temple Building
The Vestibule

48 Next he brought me to the vestibule of the temple building. [1] He measured each doorpost of the vestibule: five cubits [2] on either side. The width of the gate was ⎣fourteen cubits. [3] The sides of the gate were⎦ three cubits [4] on either side. [5] 49 The length of the vestibule was twenty cubits, and its width was eleven cubits. [6] One entered it by ten [7] steps, and there were pillars by the doorposts, one on either side.

The Rooms of the Temple

Ezekiel 41

Then he brought me to the outer room of the sanctuary [8] and measured the doorposts, six cubits [9] wide on either side. This was the width of the Tent. [10] The width of the entrance was ten cubits, [11] and the side walls of the entrance were five cubits [12] on either side. Then he measured the outer room’s length, forty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits. [13]

Then he entered the inner room of the sanctuary [14] and measured the doorposts of its entrance, two cubits, and the width of the entrance was six cubits, and the side walls of the entrance were seven cubits on either side. [15] He measured its length, twenty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits, [16] the same as the width of the outer room. Then he said to me, “This is the Holy of Holies.”

Next he measured the wall of the temple building. It was six cubits thick, and the width of each side room was four cubits. The side rooms [17] ran all around the temple. The side rooms were stacked on top of one another, in three stories, with thirty rooms in each story. The floors of the side rooms rested on ledges attached to the wall of the temple all the way around, so that the supports for the rooms would not cut into the temple wall itself. The side rooms all around the temple became wider as one went up from story to story, because their supporting ledges in the wall of the temple ascended like steps. Therefore, the width of the interior of the attached structure increased as one went up from the lowest story to the highest by way of the middle story. [18]

The Platform and Courtyard

I saw a raised platform all around the temple that served as a foundation for the side rooms. The terrace built on this foundation, measured by a full rod, was six long cubits tall. [19] The thickness of the outer wall of the side rooms was five cubits. The open area [20] between the side rooms attached to the temple 10 and the other rooms on the other side of the inner courtyard was twenty cubits wide [21] all around the temple. 11 There were entrances into the side rooms from the open area, one entrance on the north side, one on the south. The width of the terrace [22] bordering the open area was five cubits all around. [23]

12 The building [24] on the far side of the restricted area [25] on the western side of the temple was seventy cubits wide. [26] The wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length was ninety cubits. [27]

13 Then he measured the temple building. Its length was one hundred cubits. [28] The restricted area and the building with its walls also had a length of one hundred cubits. 14 The width of the area in front of the temple, including the restricted areas east of the temple, was one hundred cubits as well. 15 He also measured the length of the building facing the restricted area at the rear of the temple, along with its balconies on either side. It was one hundred cubits.

The Interior Decoration

The outer and inner rooms of the sanctuary, [29] the vestibules of the courtyard, 16 the thresholds, and the windows with slanting frames, as well as the balconies around the three sides, opposite the threshold, were paneled with wood all the way around, from the floor to the upper windows, and the windows were covered with lattices. [30] 17 The paneling extended up to the space above the entrance, both in the inner and outer sanctuary. On all the walls all around, in both the inner and outer sanctuary, there were geometric patterns, [31] 18 carved cherubim, and decorations like palms. There was a palm decoration between each cherub and its neighbor. Each cherub had two faces: 19 the face of a man turned toward the palm on one side and the face of a lion turned toward the palm on the other side. They were carved all around the whole temple. 20 From the floor up to the space above the entrance, cherubim and palms were carved, even on the walls of the outer room of the sanctuary. [32] 21 As for the outer room of the sanctuary, its doorposts were square, and the front of the Holy of Holies had the same design.

The Altar in the Temple

22 The altar was made of wood, three cubits high. Its length was two cubits, and its width was two cubits. [33] Its corners, its base, [34] and its sides were also of wood. He said to me, “This is the table that is before the Lord.”

23 Both the outer room of the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies had double doors. 24 The doors had two leaves apiece, two folding leaves—two for one door and two leaves for the other door. 25 Carved on the doors of the outer room there were cherubim and palm decorations, like those carved on the walls. Outside there was a wooden canopy in front of the vestibule. 26 There were also windows narrowing toward the inside and palm decorations on both side walls of the vestibule. The side rooms of the temple also had canopies.


  1. Ezekiel 40:48 Feature K on the diagram. The Hebrew text consistently calls the temple ha-bayit, the House. To avoid confusion, in this account the EHV regularly translates this term temple, rather than house, and it distinguishes the temple building from the temple complex or temple compound when necessary.
  2. Ezekiel 40:48 About 9 feet
  3. Ezekiel 40:48 About 25 feet
  4. Ezekiel 40:48 About 5 feet
  5. Ezekiel 40:48 The words in half-brackets are present in the Greek text but not in the Hebrew text. An omission from the Hebrew text may have occurred as the Hebrew scribe’s eye skipped from one occurrence of gate to another.
  6. Ezekiel 40:49 About 35 feet by 20 feet
  7. Ezekiel 40:49 The number ten is present in the Greek text. The Hebrew text has no number.
  8. Ezekiel 41:1 Feature L on the diagram. The Hebrew term is hekal. This room is also called the Holy Place.
  9. Ezekiel 41:1 About 10 feet. It is difficult to fit this number into the description in verse 2.
  10. Ezekiel 41:1 It is unclear whether this statement should be connected with verse 1 or verse 2. The standard Hebrew text reads the width of the tent, and there is support for this reading in the ancient versions. Many English translations omit the statement on the basis of limited manuscript evidence. The statement seems to be a comparison to the tent shrine built by Moses.
  11. Ezekiel 41:2 About 18 feet
  12. Ezekiel 41:2 About 9 feet
  13. Ezekiel 41:2 About 70 feet by 35 feet
  14. Ezekiel 41:3 Feature M on the diagram
  15. Ezekiel 41:3 About 3½ feet, 10½ feet, and 12¼ feet, respectively
  16. Ezekiel 41:4 About 35 feet by 35 feet
  17. Ezekiel 41:5 Inside the wall next to feature O on the diagram
  18. Ezekiel 41:7 The verse is very difficult, and the translation, especially in the middle of the verse, is uncertain. Compare it with the parallel section in 1 Kings 6.
  19. Ezekiel 41:8 The Hebrew of this verse is difficult.
  20. Ezekiel 41:9 Feature N on the diagram
  21. Ezekiel 41:10 About 35 feet
  22. Ezekiel 41:11 Or paved area. Literally the place.
  23. Ezekiel 41:11 Feature O on the diagram
  24. Ezekiel 41:12 This building is feature P on the diagram.
  25. Ezekiel 41:12 The meaning of this term is uncertain.
  26. Ezekiel 41:12 About 122 feet
  27. Ezekiel 41:12 About 188 feet
  28. Ezekiel 41:13 The temple building was about 175 feet by 90 feet.
  29. Ezekiel 41:15 Or the inside of the outer room of the sanctuary. The meaning of the expression is uncertain. See verse 17.
  30. Ezekiel 41:16 The division into sentences and verses and the translation throughout this section are uncertain.
  31. Ezekiel 41:17 The meaning of this term is uncertain. It may refer to a measured pattern.
  32. Ezekiel 41:20 Some manuscripts omit of the outer room of the sanctuary.
  33. Ezekiel 41:22 The altar was about 5 feet high and 3½ feet square.
  34. Ezekiel 41:22 Base is the reading of the Greek text. The Hebrew reads its length.

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