Ezekiel Chapter 41 |
1He then led me into the great hall. He measured the jambs, 6 cubits on either side; such was the depth of each jamb. 2The entrance was 10 cubits wide, and the flanking walls of the entrance were each 5 cubits wide. Next he measured the depth [of the hall], 40 cubits, and the width, 20 cubits. 3And then he entered the inner room. He measured each jamb of the entrance, 2 cubits [deep]; the entrance itself, 6 cubits across; and the width of [the flanking wall on either side of] the entrance, 7 cubits. 4Then he measured the depth, 20 cubits; and the width at the inner end of the great hall was also 20 cubits. And he said to me, “This is the Holy of Holies.”
5Then he measured the wall of the Temple. [It was] 6 cubits [thick] on every side of the Temple, and the side-chamber measured 4 cubits [across]. 6The side chambers were arranged one above the other, in 33 sections. All around, there were projections in the Temple wall to serve the side chambers as supports, so that [their] supports should not be the Temple wall itself. 7The winding passage of the side chambers widened from story to story; and since the structure was furnished all over with winding passages from story to story, the structure itself became wider from story to story. It was by this means that one ascended from the bottom story to the top one by way of the middle one.
8I observed that the Temple was surrounded by a raised pavement—the foundations of the side chambers; its elevation was a rod’s length, or 6 cubits. 9The outer wall of the side chamber was 5 cubits thick, and that which served as a walk between the Temple’s side chambers 10and the chamber complexes was 20 cubits wide all around the Temple. 11Of entrances to the side chambers giving on the walk, there was one entrance on the north side and one entrance on the south side; and the space of the walk was 5 cubits thick all around. 12And the structure that fronted on the vacant space at the [Temple’s] western end was 70 cubits deep; the walls of the structure were 5 cubits thick on every side; and it was 90 cubits wide.
13He measured the [total] depth of the Temple, 100 cubits; and the depth of the vacant space and of the structure, with its walls, also came to 100 cubits.
14The front side of the Temple, like the vacant space on the east, was 100 cubits wide.
15He also measured the width of the structure facing the vacant space in the rear, inclusive of its ledges, 100 cubits.
Both the great hall inside and the portico next to the court 16—the thresholds—and the windows with frames and the ledges at the threshold, all over the three parts of each, were completely overlaid with wood. There was wainscoting from the floor to the windows, including the window [frame]s 17and extending above the openings, both in the inner Temple and outside. And all over the wall, both in the inner one and in the outer, ran a pattern. 18It consisted of cherubs and palm trees, with a palm tree between every two cherubs. Each cherub had two faces: 19a human face turned toward the palm tree on one side and a lion’s face turned toward the palm tree on the other side. This was repeated all over the Temple; 20the cherubs and the palm trees were carved on the wall from the floor to above the openings.
As regards the great hall, 21the great hall had four doorposts; and before the Shrine was something resembling 22a wooden altar 3 cubits high and 2 cubits long and having inner corners; and its length and its walls were of wood. And he said to me, “This is the table that stands before the Lord.” 23The great hall had a double door, and the Shrine likewise had 24a double door, and each door had two swinging leaves: two for the one door and two such leaves for the other. 25Cherubs and palm trees were carved on these—on the doors of the hall—just as they were carved on the walls; and there was a lattice of wood outside in front of the portico. 26And there were windows with frames and palm trees on the flanking walls of the portico on either side [of the entrance] and [on] the Temple’s side chambers and [on] the lattices.