Ezekiel 40:3
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New International Version
He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand.

New Living Translation
As he brought me nearer, I saw a man whose face shone like bronze standing beside a gateway entrance. He was holding in his hand a linen measuring cord and a measuring rod.

English Standard Version
When he brought me there, behold, there was a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand. And he was standing in the gateway.

New American Standard Bible
So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway.

King James Bible
And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He brought me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand. He was standing by the gate.

International Standard Version
That's where he took me. All of a sudden, there was a man whose appearance resembled glowing bronze! He had a measuring reed and line in his hand as he stood in the city gate.

NET Bible
When he brought me there, I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring stick in his hand. He was standing in the gateway.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He brought me closer. I saw a man who looked like he was covered with bronze. The man was holding a linen tape measure and a measuring stick, and he stood in a gateway.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

New American Standard 1977
So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he brought me there, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

King James 2000 Bible
And he brought me there, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring rod; and he stood in the gate.

American King James Version
And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

American Standard Version
And he brought me thither; and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he brought me in thither, and behold a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed in his hand, and he stood in the gate.

Darby Bible Translation
And he brought me thither, and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a flax-cord in his hand, and a measuring-reed; and he stood in the gate.

English Revised Version
And he brought me thither, and behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he brought me thither, and behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

World English Bible
He brought me there; and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Young's Literal Translation
And He bringeth me in thither, and lo, a man, his appearance as the appearance of brass, and a thread of flax in his hand, and a measuring-reed, and he is standing at the gate,
Study Bible
The Man with a Measuring Rod
2In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there was a structure like a city. 3So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. 4The man said to me, "Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been brought here in order to show it to you. Declare to the house of Israel all that you see."…
Word Study

And he brought
bow'  (bo)
to go or come (in a wide variety of applications)

me thither and behold there was a man
'iysh  (eesh)
a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation)

whose appearance
mar'eh  (mar-eh')
a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision

was like the appearance
mar'eh  (mar-eh')
a view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (especially if handsome, comeliness; often plural the looks), or (mental) a vision

of brass
nchosheth  (nekh-o'-sheth)
copper, hence, something made of that metal, i.e. coin, a fetter; figuratively, base (as compared with gold or silver)

with a line
pathiyl  (paw-theel')
twine -- bound, bracelet, lace, line, ribband, thread, wire.

of flax
pishteh  (pish-teh')
linen (i.e. the thread, as carded) -- flax, linen.

in his hand
yad  (yawd)
a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.),

and a measuring
middah  (mid-daw')
extension, i.e. height or breadth; also a measure (including its standard); hence a portion (as measured) or a vestment; specifically, tribute (as measured)

reed
qaneh  (kaw-neh')
a reed (as erect); by resemblance a rod (especially for measuring), shaft, tube, stem, the radius (of the arm), beam (of a steelyard)

and he stood
`amad  (aw-mad')
to stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive)

in the gate
sha`ar  (shah'-ar)
an opening, i.e. door or gate -- city, door, gate, port (-er).

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
40:1-49 The Vision of the Temple. - Here is a vision, beginning at ch. 40, and continued to the end of the book, ch. 48, which is justly looked upon to be one of the most difficult portions in all the book of God. When we despair to be satisfied as to any difficulty we meet with, let us bless God that our salvation does not depend upon it, but that things necessary are plain enough; and let us wait till God shall reveal even this unto us. This chapter describes two outward courts of the temple. Whether the personage here mentioned was the Son of God, or a created angel, is not clear. But Christ is both our Altar and our Sacrifice, to whom we must look with faith in all approaches to God; and he is Salvation in the midst of the earth, Ps 74:12, to be looked unto from all quarters.
Cross References
Revelation 1:15
His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters.

Revelation 11:1
Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers there.

Revelation 21:15
The angel who spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city and its gates and its walls.

Ezekiel 1:7
Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf's hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze.

Ezekiel 41:1
Then he brought me to the nave and measured the side pillars; six cubits wide on each side was the width of the side pillar.

Ezekiel 42:16
He measured on the east side with the measuring reed five hundred reeds by the measuring reed.

Ezekiel 43:6
Then I heard one speaking to me from the house, while a man was standing beside me.

Ezekiel 47:3
When the man went out toward the east with a line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water reaching the ankles.

Daniel 10:6
His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.

Zechariah 2:1
Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
Treasury of Scripture

And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

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Ezekiel 1:7,27 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was …

Daniel 10:5,6 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed …

Revelation 1:15 And his feet like to fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; …

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Ezekiel 47:3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, …

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Isaiah 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: …

Zechariah 2:1,2 I lifted up my eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring …

Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like to a rod: and the angel stood, …

Revelation 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, …

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