The Priests’ Rooms 42 1Then the man led me north out into the outer courtyard and to the rooms across from the private area and the building. 2These rooms on the north side were one hundred seventy-five feet long and eighty-seven and one-half feet wide. 3There was thirty-five feet of the inner courtyard between them and the Temple. On the other side, they faced the stone pavement of the outer courtyard. The rooms were built in three stories like steps and had balconies. 4There was a path on the north side of the rooms, which was seventeen and one-half feet wide and one hundred seventy-five feet long. Doors led into the rooms from this path. 5The top rooms were narrower, because the balconies took more space from them. The rooms on the first and second stories of the building were wider. 6The rooms were on three stories. They did not have pillars like the pillars of the courtyards. So the top rooms were farther back than those on the first and second stories. 7There was a wall outside parallel to the rooms and to the outer courtyard. It ran in front of the rooms for eighty-seven and one-half feet. 8The row of rooms along the outer courtyard was eighty-seven and one-half feet long, and the rooms that faced the Temple were about one hundred seventy-five feet long. 9The lower rooms had an entrance on the east side so a person could enter them from the outer courtyard, 10at the start of the wall beside the courtyard. There were rooms on the south side, which were across from the private area and the building. 11These rooms had a path in front of them. They were like the rooms on the north with the same length and width and the same doors. 12The doors of the south rooms were like the doors of the north rooms. There was an entrance at the open end of a path beside the wall, so a person could enter at the east end. 13The man said to me, “The north and south rooms across from the private area are holy rooms. There the priests who go near the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will put the most holy offerings: the grain offerings, sin offerings, and the penalty offerings, because the place is holy. 14The priests who enter the Holy Place must leave their serving clothes there before they go into the outer courtyard, because these clothes are holy. After they put on other clothes, they may go to the part of the Temple area which is for the people.”   Outside the Temple Area   15When the man finished measuring inside the Temple area, he brought me out through the east gateway. He measured the area all around. 16The man measured the east side with the measuring stick; it was eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 17He measured the north side; it was eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 18He measured the south side; it was eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 19He went around to the west side; it measured eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 20So he measured the Temple area on all four sides. The Temple area had a wall all around it that was eight hundred seventy-five feet long and eight hundred seventy-five feet wide. It separated what was holy from that which was not holy.
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