Measurement of the temple parts, ornaments, and chambers
¶ Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six
cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which
was the breadth of the tabernacle.
2 And the breadth of the door was ten cubits; and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits.
3 Then went he inward, and measured the post of the door, two cubits; and the door, six cubits; and the breadth of the door, seven cubits.
4 So he measured the length thereof, twenty cubits; and the breadth, twenty cubits, before the temple: and he said unto me, This is the most holy place.
| 1 -
temple Or the holy place of the temple. See 1ki0617,
1 - Posts Or "jambs." Six cubits in diameter, the thickness of the walls v5. Six cubits is about 12 ft. or 3.7 m.)
4 - Most holy place 20 cubits square as in the temple built under the direction of Solomon 1ki0619. The wilderness tabernacle was smaller.
After he measured the wall of the house, six cubits; and the breadth of
every side chamber, four cubits, round about the house on every side.
6 And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.
7 And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward, and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst.
|7 - Breadth ... increased Perhaps as in the temple of Solomon 1ki0605.|
| 8 I saw also the height of
the house round about: the foundations of the side chambers were a full
reed of six great cubits.
9 The thickness of the wall, which was for the side chamber without, was five cubits: and that which was left was the place of the side chambers that were within.
10 And between the chambers was the wideness of twenty cubits round about the house on every side.
11 And the doors of the side chambers were toward the place that was left, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south: and the breadth of the place that was left was five cubits round about.
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of the house That is, the height of the foundation it was to
rest on. It was apparently 5 cubits wider than the "house" permitting a
8 - Great cubits From assilah which means "joint." We do not have enough information to know what these were. See on ez4201.
9 - Wall ... that which was left "There was an unoccupied place within chambers that belonged to the house. The buildings in this unoccupied place, west of the temple, and so much resembling it in size, imply that no place was to be left which was to be held, as of old, not sacred. Manasseh (2Ki 23:11) had abused these "suburbs of the temple" to keeping horses sacred to the sun. All excuse for such abominations was henceforth to be taken away, the Lord claiming every space, and filling up this also with sacred erections ." (JFB commentary).
10 - Between the chambers Those described beginning at ez4201. An open space beyond the platform v8. 20 cubits here would be about 40 ft. (12 m.)
¶ Now the building that was before the separate place at the end toward
the west was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building was five
cubits thick round about, and the length thereof ninety cubits.
.13 So he measured the house, an hundred cubits long; and the separate place, and the building, with the walls thereof, an hundred cubits long;
14 Also the breadth of the face of the house, and of the separate place toward the east, an hundred cubits.
- Building We are not told what building. It may have been
like the Parbar of the earlier temple. 1ch2618.
13 - Measured the house The outside of it.
| 15 And he measured the length
of the building over against the separate place which was behind it, and
the galleries thereof on the one side and on the other side, an hundred
cubits, with the inner temple, and the porches of the court;
16 The door posts, and the narrow windows, and the galleries round about on their three stories, over against the door, cieled with wood round about, and from the ground up to the windows, and the windows were covered;
.17 To that above the door, even unto the inner house, and without, and by all the wall round about within and without, by measure.
|15 - Galleries "Gallery, an architectural term describing the porticos or verandas which are not uncommon in eastern houses. It is doubtful, however, whether the Hebrew words so translated have any reference to such an object. (According to the latest researches, the colonnade or else wainscoting is meant.)" Also so0117. (Smith's Bible Dictionary which is quite old.)|
| 18 And it was made with cherubims
and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub;
and every cherub had two faces;
19 So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.
20 From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.
21 The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other.
| 22 The altar of wood was three
cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof,
and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said
unto me, This is the table that is before the LORD.
23 And the temple and the sanctuary had two doors.
24 And the doors had two leaves apiece, two turning leaves; two leaves for the one door, and two leaves for the other door.
25 And there were made on them, on the doors of the temple, cherubims and palm trees, like as were made upon the walls; and there were thick planks upon the face of the porch without.
26 And there were narrow windows and palm trees on the one side and on the other side, on the sides of the porch, and upon the side chambers of the house, and thick planks.
- Doors ... leaves Compare 1ki0631.
26 - Narrow windows See on 1ki0604.