And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looks toward the east; and they went up to it by seven steps; and the arches thereof were before them.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Ezekiel 40:16.
By seven steps: it is not said what number of stairs they went up to the east gate, but by this if appears they were seven steps in number, and it is said by some the form was semi-circular.
The arches thereof, of this portico, the curious vaulted roof.
Before them; within, or more inward than the steps or gate. Ezekiel 40:14, signifying that the light of the churches, their privileges, and flourishing condition, will be alike everywhere, as in one part of the world, so in another; see Isaiah 52:8, And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looketh toward the east; and they went up unto it by seven steps; and the arches thereof were before them.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)22. The outer gate was elevated above the ground outside, and reached by a flight of seven steps.
arches thereof were before them] Probably: and the porch thereof was to the inside, i.e. at the inner end of the gate, looking toward the interior of the whole temple-buildings, cf. Ezekiel 40:31; Ezekiel 40:34; Ezekiel 40:37.
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