Ezekiel 42:5
New International Version
Now the upper rooms were narrower, for the galleries took more space from them than from the rooms on the lower and middle floors of the building.

New Living Translation
Each of the two upper levels of rooms was narrower than the one beneath it because the upper levels had to allow space for walkways in front of them.

English Standard Version
Now the upper chambers were narrower, for the galleries took more away from them than from the lower and middle chambers of the building.

Berean Study Bible
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space from the chambers on the lower and middle floors of the building.

King James Bible
Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries were higher than these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building.

New King James Version
Now the upper chambers were shorter, because the galleries took away space from them more than from the lower and middle stories of the building.

New American Standard Bible
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building.

NASB 1995
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building.

NASB 1977
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space away from them than from the lower and middle ones in the building.

Amplified Bible
Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took away more space from them than from the chambers on the lower and middle stories of the building;

Christian Standard Bible
The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building.

American Standard Version
Now the upper chambers were shorter; for the galleries took away from these, more than from the lower and the middlemost, in the building.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the chambers above were small, because the stairs were entering into them

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the upper walks were in like manner: for the peristyle projected from it, even from the range of columns below, and there was a space between; so were there a peristyle and a space between, and so were there two porticos.

Contemporary English Version
The rooms on the top level were narrower than those on the middle level, and the rooms on the middle level were narrower than those on the bottom level.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where were the store chambers lower above: because they bore up the galleries, which appeared above out of them from the lower parts, and from the midst of the building.

English Revised Version
Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries took away from these, more than from the lower and the middlemost, in the building.

Good News Translation
The rooms at the upper level of the building were narrower than those at the middle and lower levels because they were set further back.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The side rooms on the third story were narrower than those on the first or second stories of the building because the corridors took space away from them.

International Standard Version
The upper chambers were narrower, since the galleries required more space than did the lower and middle portions of the building.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the upper chambers were shorter; for the galleries took away from these, more than from the lower and the middlemost, in the building.

Literal Standard Version
And the upper chambers [are] short, for the galleries contain more than these, than the lower, and than the middle one, of the building;

NET Bible
Now the upper chambers were narrower, because the galleries took more space from them than from the lower and middle chambers of the building.

New Heart English Bible
Now the upper rooms were shorter; for the galleries took away from these, more than from the lower and the middle, in the building.

World English Bible
Now the upper rooms were shorter; for the galleries took away from these, more than from the lower and the middle, in the building.

Young's Literal Translation
And the upper chambers are short, for the galleries contain more than these, than the lower, and than the middle one, of the building;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Chambers for the Priests
4In front of the chambers was an inner walkway ten cubits wide and a hundred cubits long. Their doors were on the north. 5Now the upper chambers were smaller because the galleries took more space from the chambers on the lower and middle floors of the building. 6For they were arranged in three stories, and unlike the courts, they had no pillars. So the upper chambers were set back further than the lower and middle floors.…

Cross References
Ezekiel 41:15
Next he measured the length of the building facing the temple courtyard at the rear of the temple, including its galleries on each side; it was a hundred cubits. The outer sanctuary, the inner sanctuary, and the porticoes facing the court,

Ezekiel 42:3
Gallery faced gallery in three levels opposite the twenty cubits that belonged to the inner court and opposite the pavement that belonged to the outer court.

Ezekiel 42:6
For they were arranged in three stories, and unlike the courts, they had no pillars. So the upper chambers were set back further than the lower and middle floors.


Treasury of Scripture

Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries were higher than these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building.

were higher than these.









(5) For the galleries were higher than these.--Translate this verse, And the upper chambers were shortened, because the galleries took off from them (literally, eat of them) in comparison with the lower and the middle [chambers] of the building. The building was in three storeys (Ezekiel 42:6), like the chambers round the Temple, but the gallery is mentioned only in connection with the third (Ezekiel 42:3). As it must have been taken out of the width of the chambers, it made those of the third storey narrower.

Verse 5. - The rendering of the Revised Version sufficiently explains this otherwise obscure verse, "Now the upper chambers were shorter," or narrower, "for the galleries took away from these;" literally, did eat of them, "more than from the lower and the middlemest in the building." In other words, the chambers rose in terrace form, each of the upper stories receding from that below it, as was customary in Babylonian architecture.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now the upper
הָעֶלְיוֹנֹ֖ת (hā·‘el·yō·w·nōṯ)
Article | Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's 5945: An elevation, lofty, as title, the Supreme

chambers
וְהַלְּשָׁכ֥וֹת (wə·hal·lə·šā·ḵō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 3957: Room, chamber, hall, cell

[were] smaller
קְצֻר֑וֹת (qə·ṣu·rō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 7114: To dock off, curtail, to harvest

because
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the galleries
אַתִּיקִ֜ים (’at·tî·qîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 862: A ledge, offset in a, building

took more space
יוֹכְל֨וּ (yō·wḵ·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3201: To be able, have power

from the chambers
מֵהֵ֗נָה (mê·hê·nāh)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - third person feminine plural
Strong's 2007: Themselves

on the lower
מֵֽהַתַּחְתֹּנ֛וֹת (mê·hat·taḥ·tō·nō·wṯ)
Preposition-m, Article | Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's 8481: Lower, lowest

and middle floors
וּמֵהַתִּֽכֹנ֖וֹת (ū·mê·hat·ti·ḵō·nō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m, Article | Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's 8484: Central

of the building.
בִּנְיָֽן׃ (bin·yān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1146: A structure


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