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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 42

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Other Structures. 1Then he led me north to the outer court, bringing me to some chambers on the north that lay across the free area and which were also across from the building. 2Their length was a hundred cubits on the north side, and they were fifty cubits wide. 3Across the twenty cubits of the inner court and the pavement of the outer court, there were three parallel rows of them on different levels. 4In front of the chambers, to the inside, was a walk ten cubits broad and a wall of one cubit; but the entrances of the chambers were on the north. 5The outermost chambers were the lowest, for the system of levels set them at a level lower than the closest chambers and those in between;* 6for they were in three rows and had no foundations to conform with the foundations of the courts, therefore they were on a lower terrace of the ground than the closest and the middle chambers. 7On the far side there was a wall running parallel to the chambers along the outer court; its length before these chambers was fifty cubits, 8for the length of the chambers belonging to the outer court was fifty cubits, but along its entire length the wall measured one hundred cubits. 9Below these chambers there was the way in from the east, so that one could enter from the outer court 10where the wall of the court began.

To the south along the side of the free area and the building there were also chambers, 11before which was a passage. These looked like the chambers to the north, just as long and just as wide, with the same exits and plan and entrances. 12Below the chambers to the south there was an entrance at the beginning of the way which led to the back wall, by which one could enter from the east. 13He said to me, “The north and south chambers which border on the free area are the sanctuary chambers; here the‐priests who draw near to the LORD shall eat the most sacred meals, and here they shall keep the most sacred offerings: cereal offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings; for it is a holy place.* 14When the priests have once entered, they shall not leave the holy place for the outer court until they have left here the clothing in which they ministered, for it is holy. They shall put on other garments, and then approach the place destined for the people.”

Measuring the Outer Court. 15When he had finished measuring the inner temple area, he brought me out by way of the gate which faces east and measured all the limits of the court. 16He measured the east side: five hundred cubits by his measuring rod. Then he turned 17and measured the north side: five hundred cubits by the measuring rod. He turned 18to the south and measured five hundred cubits by the measuring rod. 19Then he turned to the west and measured five hundred cubits by the measuring rod. 20Thus he measured it in the four directions, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide. It was surrounded by a wall, to separate the sacred from the profane.

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