Ezekiel 42:1-20. Chambers of the priests: Measurements of the Temple.
Before the length of an hundred cubits — that is, before “the separate place,” which was that length (Ezekiel 41:13). He had before spoken of chambers for the officiating priests on the north and south gates of the inner court (Ezekiel 40:44-46). He now returns to take a more exact view of them.
shorter — that is, the building became narrower as it rose in height. The chambers were many: so “in My Father‘s house are many mansions” (John 14:2); and besides these there was much “room” still left (compare Luke 14:22). The chambers, though private, were near the temple. Prayer in our chambers is to prepare us for public devotions, and to help us in improving them.
five hundred reeds — the Septuagint substitutes “cubits” for “reeds,” to escape the immense compass assigned to the whole, namely, a square of five hundred rods or three thousand cubits (two feet each; Ezekiel 40:5), in all a square of one and one-seventh miles, that is, more than all ancient Jerusalem; also, there is much space thus left unappropriated. Fairbairn rightly supports English Version, which agrees with the Hebrew. The vast extent is another feature marking the ideal character of the temple. It symbolizes the great enlargement of the kingdom of God, when Jehovah-Messiah shall reign at Jerusalem, and from thence to the ends of the earth (Isaiah 2:2-4; Jeremiah 3:17; Romans 11:12, Romans 11:15).
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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Ezekiel 42". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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