Ezekiel 43:17
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New International Version
The upper ledge also is square, fourteen cubits long and fourteen cubits wide. All around the altar is a gutter of one cubit with a rim of half a cubit. The steps of the altar face east."

King James Bible
And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.

Darby Bible Translation
And the settle was fourteen [cubits] long by fourteen broad in the four sides thereof; and the border about it, half a cubit; and the bottom thereof a cubit round about: and its steps looked toward the east.

World English Bible
The ledge shall be fourteen [cubits] long by fourteen broad in the four sides of it; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and its bottom shall be a cubit around; and its steps shall look toward the east.

Young's Literal Translation
And the border is fourteen long by fourteen broad, at its four squares, and the border round about it is half a cubit, and the centre to it is a cubit round about, and its steps are looking eastward.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And the settle - The ledge on which the priests walked round the altar, see Ezekiel 43:14. By these settles or ledges the altar was narrowed towards the top. "The ascent shall look toward the east;" this ascent was an inclined plane. But these settles, or more properly ledges, as Bp. Newcome translates, may be thus computed. The altar itself was ten feet high and twenty broad; the same as that of Solomon, 2 Chronicles 4:1.

Height Cubits For the base, Ezekiel 43:13, is in height 1 From the surface of the base to the first ledge, Ezekiel 43:14 1 From the lower ledge to the upper, Ezekiel 43:14 4 From the upper ledge to the ariel or hearth, Ezekiel 43:15 4 In all 10 Breadth Cubits And as to the breadth, the upper ledge, Ezekiel 43:17, was 14 Add a cubit on each side for the higher ledge, Ezekiel 43:14, latter part 2 Add a cubit on each side for the lower ledge, Ezekiel 43:14, former part 2 Add a cubit on each side for the base, Ezekiel 43:13 2 In all 20

The altar of burnt-offerings, described Exodus 27:1; Exodus 38:1, was smaller than this, because it was to be removed from place to place with the tabernacle. This was designed for a permanent temple. See Bp. Newcome on this chapter.

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and the border

Exodus 25:25 And you shall make to it a border of an hand breadth round about, and you shall make a golden crown to the border thereof round about.

Exodus 30:3 And you shall overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof...

1 Kings 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar...

his stairs. Rather, `its ascents.' [], probably an inclined plane; for the law ordained that the priest should not ascend by stairs.

Exodus 20:26 Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness be not discovered thereon.

look toward

Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD...

Ezekiel 40:6 Then came he to the gate which looks toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate...

1 Kings 6:8 The door for the middle chamber was in the right side of the house: and they went up with winding stairs into the middle chamber...

Nehemiah 9:4 Then stood up on the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni...

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Cross References
Exodus 20:26
And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.'

Ezekiel 40:6
Then he went to the east gate. He climbed its steps and measured the threshold of the gate; it was one rod deep.

Ezekiel 43:14
From the gutter on the ground up to the lower ledge that goes around the altar it is two cubits high, and the ledge is a cubit wide. From this lower ledge to the upper ledge that goes around the altar it is four cubits high, and that ledge is also a cubit wide.

Ezekiel 43:20
You are to take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar and on the four corners of the upper ledge and all around the rim, and so purify the altar and make atonement for it.

Ezekiel 45:19
The priest is to take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the upper ledge of the altar and on the gateposts of the inner court.

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