Ezekiel 40:38
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New International Version
A room with a doorway was by the portico in each of the inner gateways, where the burnt offerings were washed.

New Living Translation
A door led from the entry room of one of the inner gateways into a side room, where the meat for sacrifices was washed.

English Standard Version
There was a chamber with its door in the vestibule of the gate, where the burnt offering was to be washed.

Berean Study Bible
There was a chamber with a doorway by the portico in each of the inner gateways. There the burnt offering was to be washed.

New American Standard Bible
A chamber with its doorway was by the side pillars at the gates; there they rinse the burnt offering.

King James Bible
And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering.

Christian Standard Bible
There was a chamber whose door opened into the gate's portico. The burnt offering was to be washed there.

Good News Translation
In the outer courtyard there was an annex attached to the inner gateway on the north side. It opened into the entrance room that faced the courtyard, and there they washed the carcasses of the animals to be burned whole as sacrifices.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There was a chamber whose door opened into the portico of the gate. The burnt offering was to be washed there.

International Standard Version
There was a chamber with a doorway by the side pillars next to the gate where they prepare the burnt offerings.

NET Bible
There was a chamber with its door by the porch of the gate; there they washed the burnt offering.

New Heart English Bible
A room with its door was by the posts at the gates; there they washed the burnt offering.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There was a room with a door that opened toward the entrance hall of the gateway. This is the room where the priests washed the animals for the burnt offerings.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And a chamber with the entry thereof was by the posts at the gates; there was the burnt-offering to be washed.

New American Standard 1977
And a chamber with its doorway was by the side pillars at the gates; there they rinse the burnt offering.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there was a chamber and its gate with posts of portals, there they shall wash the burnt offering.

King James 2000 Bible
And the chambers and its entrance were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering.

American King James Version
And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering.

American Standard Version
And a chamber with the door thereof was by the posts at the gates; there they washed the burnt-offering.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And at every chamber was a door in the forefronts of the gates: there they washed the holocaust.

Darby Bible Translation
And there was a cell and its entry by the posts of the gates; there they rinsed the burnt-offering.

English Revised Version
And a chamber with the door thereof was by the posts at the gates; there they washed the burnt offering.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the chambers and its entries were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt-offering.

World English Bible
A room with its door was by the posts at the gates; there they washed the burnt offering.

Young's Literal Translation
And the chamber and its opening is by the posts of the gates, there they purge the burnt-offering.
Study Bible
Eight Tables for Sacrifices
38There was a chamber with a doorway by the portico in each of the inner gateways. There the burnt offering was to be washed. 39Inside the portico of the gateway were two tables on each side, on which the burnt offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings were to be slaughtered.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 28:12
The plans contained everything he had in mind for the courts of the house of the LORD, for all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the house of God and of the dedicated things,

2 Chronicles 4:6
He also made ten basins for washing and placed five on the south side and five on the north. The parts of the burnt offering were rinsed in them, but the priests used the Sea for washing.

Nehemiah 13:5
and had prepared for Tobiah a large room where they had previously stored the grain offerings, the incense, the temple articles, and the tithes of grain, new wine, and oil prescribed for the Levites, singers, and gatekeepers, along with the contributions for the priests.

Nehemiah 13:9
Then I ordered that the rooms be purified, and I had the articles of the house of God restored to them, along with the grain offerings and incense.

Jeremiah 35:4
and I brought them into the temple of the LORD, to a chamber occupied by the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah, a man of God. This room was near the chamber of the officials, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper.

Jeremiah 36:10
From the chamber of Gemariah son of Shaphan the scribe, which was in the upper courtyard at the opening of the New Gate of the house of the LORD, Baruch read from the scroll the words of Jeremiah in the hearing of all the people.

Ezekiel 40:17
Then he brought me into the outer court, and there were chambers and a pavement laid out all around the court. Thirty chambers faced the pavement,

Ezekiel 40:44
Outside the inner gate, within the inner court, were two chambers, one beside the north gate and facing south, and another beside the south gate and facing north.

Ezekiel 40:45
Then the man said to me: "The chamber that faces south is for the priests who have charge of the temple,

Ezekiel 40:46
and the chamber that faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar. These are the sons of Zadok, the only Levites who may approach the LORD to minister before Him."

Ezekiel 41:10
and the outer chambers was twenty cubits wide all around the temple.

Ezekiel 42:13
Then the man said to me, "The north and south chambers facing the temple courtyard are the holy chambers where the priests who approach the LORD will eat the most holy offerings. There they will place the most holy offerings--the grain offerings, the sin offerings, and the guilt offerings--for the place is holy.

Treasury of Scripture

And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering.

the chambers

Ezekiel 40:12 The space also before the little chambers was one cubit on this side, …

Ezekiel 41:10,11 And between the chambers was the wideness of twenty cubits round …

1 Kings 6:8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: …

where This place, where the legs and entrails of the sacrifices, especially of the burnt offerings, were washed, was just within the portico of the north entrance to the inner court, or court of the priests. An allusion to this is most probably made by the inspired apostle when writing his Epistle to the Hebrews, at the







(38) And the chambers and the entries thereof.--These words in the original are in the singular, and have no article. The word for chamber is an entirely different one from that used in the former part of the chapter (Ezekiel 40:10; Ezekiel 40:12-13). The verse should be translated, "And a cell with its door by the posts of the gates; there they washed the burnt offering." All the arrangements for sacrificing are here described in connection with the north gate, although in Ezekiel 46:2 it is said that at certain festivals the prince shall enter by the east gate, and there worship while the priests prepare his offerings. In the law it was required (Leviticus 1:11; Leviticus 6:25; Leviticus 7:2) that all sacrifices should be slain in the court at the north side of the altar. Here the slaying is done at the north gate, but within the outer court. The reason appears to be that in the law each offerer was to slay his own victim, but here (Ezekiel 44:11) the sacrifice is to be slain by the Levites, and it was therefore desirable that it should be done in the presence of the offerer and the people, i.e., in the outer court. There was also a further reason in the convenience of disposing of the flesh of the victims. Only the whole burnt offerings and the fat and the kidneys of the others required to be taken to the altar in the inner court; while all the flesh of the sin offerings and the priests' portion of the peace offerings was to be carried to the priests' cooking place (F, Plan II.) to which a walk led from this point. The rest of the flesh of the peace offerings was taken to the people's cooking places (E) in the corners of the outer court.

Verses 38-43. - The arrangements for sacrifice. Three things demand attention - the cells for washing, the tables for slaughtering, and the hooks. Verse 38. - The chambers. As the verse explains, these were different from the guard-rooms in the gates (vers. 7, 21) and the chambers on the pavement (ver. 17), although the same Hebrew word is employed to designate the latter. The cells under consideration were expressly designed for washing "the inwards and the legs" of the victims brought for sacrifice (Leviticus 1:9). Whether such a cell stood at each of the three gates, as the plural seems to indicate, although described only in connection with the north (Keil, Kliefoth, Plumptre), or merely at one gate, and that the north - because, according to the Law (Leviticus 1:11; Leviticus 6:18; Leviticus 7:2), on the north side of the altar burnt, sin, and trespass offerings were to be killed (Havernick, Hengstenberg) - or the east, which is alluded to in vet, s. 39, 40 (Hitzig, Ewald, Smend), is controverted, though the former view seems the preferable, seeing that, according to Ezekiel 46:1, 2, the priests were to prepare burnt offerings and peace offerings for the prince at the posts of the east gate. The situation of the cells is stated to have been by (or, beside) the posts of (i.e. at) the gates (see on ver. 14), but on which side of the gates, whether near the right or left pillar, no information is furnished. Keil and Kliefoth place those at the south and north gates on the west side; that at the east gate Keil locates on its north side, Kliefoth placing one in the side wall at each side of the gate. And the chambers, and the entries thereof, were by the posts of the gates,.... Of the north gate; the plural for the singular; for not at the other gates, only at the north gate, were the sacrifices slain and washed; as under the law, only on the north side of the altar, Leviticus 1:11, now, by the posts of this gate, or at the entrance of it on one side,

stood a cell or chamber, and a door into it (o), as the words may be rendered; for they are singular in the text:

where they washed the burnt offering; its legs and inwards, Leviticus 1:9, according to the law, there were lavers in Solomon's temple, to wash the sacrifices in, 2 Chronicles 4:6, but there was no such cell or chamber there for such a purpose as here: and as this refers to Gospel times, and to the church in the latter day, no legal sacrifice can be intended here, which are all abolished; but this must be mystically and spiritually understood, and designs no other than the sacrifice of Christ, a sweet smelling savour to God: that this kind of offering was typical of the sacrifice of Christ is clear from Hebrews 13:11, which whether of the herd, a bullock, represented Christ in his strength and laboriousness; or of the flock, and was either a sheep, an emblem of the innocence and patience of Christ; or a goat, which pointed him out as in the likeness of sinful flesh, traduced as a sinner, and made so by imputation; or of fowls, turtle doves, denoting his meekness and modesty; and all without spot or blemish signified the purity of his, nature and life; and these being burnt with fire were expressive of the pain and shame he endured when he bore our sins, and the wrath of God was poured on him as fire; the washing of the burnt offering denotes the purity of Christ's sacrifice, being offered up without spot. Some, as Polanus, have thought the ordinance of baptism is here designed, as the Lord's supper is by the tables next mentioned; and it is a note of Starchius upon the passage, that,

"he who is washed in the divine laver may be regaled with the heavenly feast.''

(o) "et cubiculum, et ostium ejus", Pagninus, Montanus; "caeterum fuit cella, et ostium ejus", Tigurine version. 38. chambers … entries—literally, "a chamber and its door."

by the posts—that is, at or close by the posts or columns.

where they washed the burnt offering—This does not apply to all the gates but only to the north gate. For Le 1:11 directs the sacrifices to be killed north of the altar; and Eze 8:5 calls the north gate, "the gate of the altar." And Eze 40:40 particularly mentions the north gate.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.
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