Ezekiel 42:4
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New International Version
In front of the rooms was an inner passageway ten cubits wide and a hundred cubits long. Their doors were on the north.

New Living Translation
Between the two blocks of rooms ran a walkway 17- 1/2 feet wide. It extended the entire 175 feet of the complex, and all the doors faced north.

English Standard Version
And before the chambers was a passage inward, ten cubits wide and a hundred cubits long, and their doors were on the north.

New American Standard Bible
Before the chambers was an inner walk ten cubits wide, a way of one hundred cubits; and their openings were on the north.

King James Bible
And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In front of the chambers was a walkway toward the inside, 17 1/2 feet wide and 175 feet long, and their entrances were on the north.

International Standard Version
In front of the chambers there was an inner walkway ten cubits wide and 100 cubits wide, the openings to which were on the north.

NET Bible
In front of the chambers was a walkway on the inner side, 17 1/2 feet wide at a distance of 1 3/4 feet, and their entrances were on the north.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In front of the side rooms was a walkway, 17 1/2 feet wide and 175 feet long. The doors of these side rooms faced north.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And in front of the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.

King James 2000 Bible
And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits width toward the inside, at a distance of one cubit; and their doors faced north.

American King James Version
And before the chambers was a walk to ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.

American Standard Version
And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors were toward the north.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And before the chambers was a walk ten cubits broad, looking to the inner parts of a way of one cubit. And their doors were toward the north.

Darby Bible Translation
and before the cells was a walk of ten cubits in breadth, [and] a way of a hundred cubits inward; and their entries were toward the north.

English Revised Version
And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors were toward the north.

Webster's Bible Translation
And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors towards the north.

World English Bible
Before the rooms was a walk of ten cubits' breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors were toward the north.

Young's Literal Translation
And at the front of the chambers is a walk of ten cubits in breadth unto the inner part, a way of one cubit, and their openings are at the north.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

42:1-20 In this chapter are described the priests' chambers, their use, and the dimensions of the holy mount on which the temple stood. These chambers were many. Jesus said, In my Father's house are many mansions: in his house on earth there are many; multitudes, by faith, are lodging in his sanctuary, and yet there is room. These chambers, though private, were near the temple. Our religious services in our chambers, must prepare for public devotions, and further us in improving them, as our opportunities are.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Before the chambers a walk. Whether this walk ran along the longer, i.e. northern, or in front of the eastern side of the chambers, and how it stood related to the way, which is likewise mentioned in connection with the chambers, are litigated questions. The LXX. identifies the two, and understands a way in front of the chambers of ten cubits broad and a hundred cubits long. Ewald and Keil so far agree with the LXX. as to change the one cubit way into a hundred-cubit way; but whereas Ewald thinks of a passage ten cubits broad and a hundred cubits long, running from west to east between two sets of chambers, Keil speaks of a walk of ten cubits broad and a hundred cubits long in front of the cells, extending into a way of equal breadth and length, leading westward into the inner court. Havernick's, Hengstenberg's, and Kliefoth's idea, favored by Schroder, and probably the best, is that of a walk of ten cubits in front of the cells, and a way of one cubit leading into them from the walk. Dr. Currey reverses this, and makes a walk of ten cubits leading inward, and a way, or kerb, of one cubit in front. Plumptre agrees that the passage leading into the chambers was ten cubits broad, but regards the one cubit as denoting the thickness of the wall separating the walk from the interior of the chambers.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits' breadth inward,.... That is, within side, or between the two rows of chambers, there was a walk of this breadth, for those that lodged in the chambers to walk in for their pleasure and profit, and to converse with one another. Such who by these "chambers" understand places of retirement for private devotion, or the duties of the closet, which fit and prepare for public worship, as these chambers were near and in sight of the temple, so by this walk then Christian conference and conversation is intended; and shows, that the whole of religious time is not to be spent between the church and the chamber; but some part of it should be allotted for spiritual discourse, about gracious experiences, the truths of the Gospel, and the duties of religion; but as chambers design churches, this walk denotes the outward walk and conversation of the saints; which should be according to the rule of God's word, as becomes the Gospel, and worthy of the calling wherewith they are called. Starckius applies this to the decalogue or ten commandments, which is a broad way, Psalm 119:32 and the moral law, as in the hands of Christ, is a rule of walk and conversation to believers under the Gospel: and besides, there "was a way of one cubit"; which led into the chambers, and out of them into the broad walk: this is a narrow way, as Christ is said to be, Matthew 7:14 and whoever profess faith in him, and in this way enter into a Gospel church state, and into the kingdom of heaven, must be attended with much affliction and persecution, and pass through many tribulations; and there being both a broad walk and a narrow way, and these lying near one another, and a passage from the one to the other, may denote that the churches and people of God are sometimes in prosperity, and sometimes in adversity; one while they walk at liberty, as in a large place; and at other times in great straits and difficulties:

and their doors toward the north; that is, the doors of that row of chambers nearest the temple; these opened to the north into the walk of ten cubits; though one would think that the row opposite to them, their doors must be to the south, into the broad walk between them; unless this is to be understood of the doors that opened into the way of one cubit, and were to the north in both rows; but then the way of one cubit could not in both lead into the broad walk.



Ezekiel 42:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Chambers for the Priests
3Opposite the twenty cubits which belonged to the inner court, and opposite the pavement which belonged to the outer court, was gallery corresponding to gallery in three stories. 4Before the chambers was an inner walk ten cubits wide, a way of one hundred cubits; and their openings were on the north. 5Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 42:1
Then the man led me northward into the outer court and brought me to the rooms opposite the temple courtyard and opposite the outer wall on the north side.

Ezekiel 42:11
with a passageway in front of them. These were like the rooms on the north; they had the same length and width, with similar exits and dimensions. Similar to the doorways on the north

Ezekiel 46:19
Then the man brought me through the entrance at the side of the gate to the sacred rooms facing north, which belonged to the priests, and showed me a place at the western end.
Treasury of Scripture

And before the chambers was a walk to ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.

before These seems to have been two rows of these chambers, and a walk between of ten cubits in width with an entrance into it from the chambers, of one cubit in width.

a walk

Ezekiel 42:11 And the way before them was like the appearance of the chambers which …

a way

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to …

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

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