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The dimensions of the house and various parts of it, ver. 1 - 13.
An account of another building, ver. 14, 15.
The manner of the building of the house, ver. 16, 17.
The ornaments of the house, ver. 18 - 20.
The altar of incense and the table, ver. 21, 22.
The doors between the temple and the oracle, ver. 23 - 26.
1: The breadth - These walls in their thickness took up as much space
as the whole breadth of Moses's tabernacle, (Ex 26:16,22).
3: Went he - From the porch thro' the body of the temple, to the
partition between the body of the temple and the holy of holies.
Measured - Either the thickness of that partition wall, or of the
pilasters, which stood one on the one side, and the other on the other
side of the door. Of the door - Or entrance out of the temple into the
oracle. And the door - This door was six cubits broad, and an upright
bar or post on which the leaves met, and which was of one cubit's
breadth, make out seven cubits.
4: Thereof - Of the holy of holies, which was an exact square.
Before - Parallel with the breadth of the temple.
5: After - Having left the holy of holies, now he is come to take the
measures of the outer wall. The house - The temple. Six cubits - Three
yards thick was this wall from the ground to the first story of the
side - chambers. Side - chamber - Of the lowest floor; for there were three
stories of these, and they differed in their breadth, as the wall of the
temple, on which they rested, abated of its thickness; for the middle
chambers were broader than the lowest by a cubit, and the highest as
much broader than the middle. Round about - On the north, south, and
west parts, on each side of every one of these three gates.
6: They might - That the beams of the chambers might have good and
firm resting - hold. Had not hold - The ends of the beams were not thrust
into the main body of the wall of the temple.
7: An enlarging - Of the side chambers, so much of breadth added to
the chamber, as was taken from the thickness of the wall; that is, two
cubits in the uppermost, and one cubit in the middle - most, more than in
the lowest chambers. A winding about - Winding stairs, which enlarged as
the rooms did, and these run up between each two chambers from the bottom
to the top; so there were two doors at the head of each pair of stairs,
one door opening into one chamber, and the other into the opposite chamber.
For the winding about - These stairs, as they rose in height, enlarged
themselves too. Round about - On all sides of the house where these
chambers were. The breadth - Of each chamber. Increased - Grew broader
by one cubit in every upper chamber. From five in the lowest to six
in the middle, and to seven in the highest chamber.
8: The foundations - The lowest chamber had properly a foundation
laid on the earth, but the floor of the middle, and highest story must
be accounted here a foundation; so from the ground to the ceiling of
the first room, was six great cubits; from the first to the second, six
great cubits; and from the third floor to the roof of the chamber, a
like number; to which add we one cubit for thickness of each of the
three floors, you have twenty - one cubits for height, ten yards and a
9: The place - The walk and wall.
11: The doors - The doors of the lowest row opened into this void
12: The building - This is a new building not yet mentioned, but now
measured by itself.
13: The house - The whole temple, oracle, sanctuary and porch, with
the walls. The building - On both the north and south - side of the temple.
14: The breadth - The whole front of the house eastward.
18: Cherubim - Generally taken for the portrait of angels, or young
men with wings: yet is the description of them very different in different
places; in Ezekiel's vision, (Eze 1:5-14,10:14),
Isaiah's vision, (Isa 6:2),
John's vision, (Re 4:6-8),
and in Solomon's temple, (1Ki 6:23-26).
19: Through all the house - And thus it was through the whole house
21: The face - The door or gate of the temple was square, not arched.
As the appearance - As was the form of the gate of the temple in its
larger, so was the form of the gate of the oracle in its lesser dimensions.
22: The altar - Of incense. The corners - The horns framed out of
the four posts at each angle on the top of the altar. The walls - The
sides. Before the Lord - In the temple, not in the holy of holies.
23: Two doors - Each had one.
25: Them - The doors of both temple and oracle.
The temple - Including the holy of holies also.