411Next, the man took me into the central room, the Holy Place. He measured the passage leading into it: it was three metres deep41.1 Hebrew has two additional words, the meaning of which is unclear. 2and five metres wide, with walls 2.5 metres thick on either side. He measured the room itself: it was twenty metres long, and ten metres wide.
3Then he went to the innermost room. He measured the passage leading into it: it was one metre deep and three metres wide, with walls on either side 3.5 metres thick.41.3 One ancient translation with walls on either side 3.5 metres thick; Hebrew and 3.5 metres thick. 4He measured the room itself, and it was ten metres square. This room was beyond the central room. Then he said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place.”
5The man measured the thickness of the inner wall of the temple building, and it was three metres. Against this wall, all round the Temple, was a series of small rooms two metres wide. 6These rooms were in three storeys, with thirty rooms on each floor. The Temple's outer wall on each floor was thinner than on the floor below, so that the rooms could rest on the wall without being anchored into it. 7And so the temple walls, when seen from the outside, seemed to have the same thickness all the way to the top. Against the Temple's outer wall, on the outside of the rooms, two wide stairways were built, so that it was possible to go from the lower storey to the middle and the upper storeys.41.7 Verse 7 in Hebrew is unclear. 8-11The outside wall of these rooms was 2.5 metres thick; there was one door into the rooms on the north side of the Temple, and one into those on the south side. I saw that there was a terrace 2.5 metres wide all round the Temple; it was three metres above the ground and it was level with the foundation of the rooms by the temple walls. Between the terrace and the buildings used by the priests there was an open space ten metres across, along the sides of the Temple.
12At the far end of the open space on the west side of the Temple there was a building 45 metres long and 35 metres wide; its walls were 2.5 metres thick all round.
13The man measured the outside of the Temple, and it was fifty metres long. And from the back of the Temple, across the open space to the far side of the building to the west, the distance was also fifty metres. 14The distance across the front of the Temple, including the open space on either side, was also fifty metres. 15He measured the length of the building to the west, including its corridors on both sides, and it was also fifty metres.
The entrance room of the Temple, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place 16were all panelled with wood from the floor to the windows. These windows could be covered.41.16 Verse 16 in Hebrew is unclear. 17The inside walls of the Temple, up as high as above the doors, were completely covered with carvings41.17 Verse 17 in Hebrew is unclear. 18of palm trees and winged creatures. Palm trees alternated with creatures, one following the other, all the way round the room. Each creature had two faces: 19a human face that was turned towards the palm tree on one side, and a lion's face that was turned towards the tree on the other side. It was like this all round the wall, 20from the floor to above the doors. 21The doorposts of the Holy Place were square.
In front of the entrance of the Most Holy Place there was something that looked like 22a wooden altar. It was 1.5 metres high and one metre wide. Its cornerposts, its base,41.22 Some ancient translations base; Hebrew length. and its sides were all made of wood. The man said to me, “This is the table which stands in the presence of the LORD.”
23There was a door at the end of the passage leading to the Holy Place and one also at the end of the passage leading to the Most Holy Place. 24They were double doors that swung open in the middle. 25There were palm trees and winged creatures carved on the doors of the Holy Place, just as there were on the walls. And there was a wooden covering over the outside of the doorway of the entrance room. 26At the sides of this room there were windows, and the walls were decorated with palm trees.41.26 Hebrew has three additional words, the meaning of which is unclear.
421Then the man took me into the outer courtyard and led me to a building on the north side of the Temple, not far from the building at the west end of the Temple. 2This building was fifty metres long and 25 metres wide. 3On one side it faced the space ten metres wide which was alongside the Temple, and on the other side it faced the pavement of the outer court. It was built on three levels, each one set further back than the one below it. 4Along the north side of this building was a passage five metres wide and fifty metres long,42.4 Some ancient translations fifty metres long; Hebrew a way of fifty centimetres. with entrances on that side. 5The rooms at the upper level of the building were narrower than those at the middle and lower levels because they were set further back. 6The rooms at all three levels were on terraces and were not supported by columns like the other buildings in the courtyard. 7-8At the lower level the outer wall of the building was solid for 25 metres, half its length; and there were rooms in the remaining 25 metres. At the top level there were rooms in the entire length of the building. 9-10Below these two rooms at the east end of the building, where the wall of the courtyard began,42.9–10 One ancient translation where… began; Hebrew in the breadth of the wall of the courtyard. there was an entrance into the outer courtyard.
At the south42.9–10 One ancient translation south; Hebrew east. side of the Temple there was an identical building not far from the building at the west end of the Temple. 11In front of the rooms there was a passage just like the one on the north side. It had the same measurements, the same design, and the same kind of entrances. 12There was a door under the rooms on the south side of the building, at the east end where the wall began.
13The man said to me, “Both these buildings are holy. In them the priests who enter the LORD's presence eat the holiest offerings. Because the rooms are holy, the priests will place the holiest offerings there: the grain offerings and the sacrifices offered for sin or as repayment offerings. 14When priests have been in the Temple and want to go to the outer courtyard, they must leave in these rooms the holy clothing they wore while serving the LORD. They must put on other clothes before going out to the area where the people gather.”
15When the man had finished measuring inside the temple area, he took me out through the east gate and then measured the outside of the area. 16He took the measuring rod and measured the east side, and it was 250 metres. 17-19Then he measured the north side, the south side, and the west side; each side had the same length, 250 metres,42.17–19 Verses 16–19 in Hebrew are unclear. 20so that the wall enclosed a square 250 metres on each side. The wall served to separate what was holy from what was not.
431The man took me to the gate that faces east, 2
and there I saw coming from the east the dazzling light of the presence of the God of Israel. God's voice sounded like the roar of the sea, and the earth shone with the dazzling light. 3This vision was like the one I had seen when God came to destroy Jerusalem, and the one I saw by the River Chebar. Then I threw myself face downwards on the ground. 4The dazzling light passed through the east gate and went into the Temple.
5The LORD's spirit lifted me up and took me into the inner courtyard, where I saw that the Temple was filled with the glory of the LORD. 6The man stood beside me there, and I heard the LORD speak to me out of the Temple: 7“Mortal man, here is my throne. I will live here among the people of Israel and rule over them for ever. Neither the people of Israel nor their kings will ever again disgrace my holy name by worshipping other gods or by burying the corpses of43.7 by burying the corpses of; or by putting up monuments to. their kings in this place. 8The kings built the thresholds and doorposts of their palace right against the thresholds and doorposts of my Temple, so that there was only a wall between us. They disgraced my holy name by all the disgusting things they did, and so in my anger I destroyed them. 9Now they must stop worshipping other gods and remove the corpses of43.9 remove the corpses of; or remove the monuments to. their kings. If they do, I will live among them for ever.”
10And the LORD continued, “Mortal man, tell the people of Israel about the Temple, and let them study its plan. Make them ashamed of their sinful actions. 11Then if they are ashamed of what they have done, explain the plan of the Temple to them: its design, its entrances and exits, its shape, the arrangement of everything, and all its rules and regulations. Write all this down for them so that they can see how everything is arranged and can carry out all the rules. 12This is the law of the Temple: all the area surrounding it on the top of the mountain is sacred and holy.”
These are the measurements of the altar, using the same unit of measurement as in measuring the Temple. All round the base of the altar there was a gutter fifty centimetres deep and fifty centimetres wide, with a rim at the outside edge 25 centimetres high. 14The lowest section of the altar, from the top of the base, was one metre high. The next section was set back from the edge fifty centimetres all round, and was two metres high. The section after that was also set back from the edge fifty centimetres all round. 15This top section, on which the sacrifices were burnt, was also two metres high. The projections on the four corners were higher than the rest of the top. 16The top of the altar was a square, six metres on each side. 17The middle section was also a square, seven metres on each side, with a rim at the outside edge 25 centimetres high. (The gutter was fifty centimetres wide.) The steps going up the altar were on the east side.
18The Sovereign LORD said to me, “Mortal man, listen to what I tell you. When the altar is built, you are to dedicate it by burning sacrifices on it and by sprinkling on it the blood of the animals that were sacrificed. 19Those priests belonging to the tribe of Levi who are descended from Zadok are the only ones who are to come into my presence to serve me. I, the Sovereign LORD, command this. You will give them a young bull to offer as a sacrifice for sin. 20You are to take some of its blood and put it on the projections on the top corners of the altar, and on the corners of the middle section of the altar, and all round its edges. In this way you will purify the altar and consecrate it. 21You are to take the bull that is offered as a sacrifice for sin and burn it at the specified place outside the temple area. 22The next day you are to take a male goat without any defects and offer it as a sacrifice for sin. Purify the altar with its blood in the same way as you did with the bull. 23When you have finished doing that, take a young bull and a young ram, both of them without any defects, 24and bring them to me. The priests will sprinkle salt on them and burn them as an offering to me. 25Each day for seven days you are to offer a goat, a bull, and a ram as sacrifices for sin. All of them must be without any defects. 26For seven days the priests are to consecrate the altar and make it ready for use. 27
When the week is over, the priests are to begin offering on the altar the burnt offerings and the fellowship offerings of the people. Then I will be pleased with all of you. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken.”