Ezekiel 42

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1 Then he brought me forth into the outer court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was over against the building toward the north.
2 Before the length of a hundred cubits was the north door, and the breadth was fifty cubits.

1-14. See Chapter XL., 17-31-44, et seq. R. 487.
See Chapter XL., 17-31-44 et seq. E. 630.
1-20. See Chapter XL., 17, 31, 34. A. 9741.
See Chapter XL., 3, 5, 6, 8, II, 13, 17. E. 627·
All things of worship of that external church in respect to good and truth. P. P.
1, 4, 10, 11, 17-20. See Chapter XL., 2, 6, 19, 20-46. A. 3708.

3 Over against the twenty cubits which belonged to the inner court, and over against the pavement which belonged to the outer court, was gallery against gallery in the third story.

3 The external of each heaven or kingdom is called the outmost or first, which was represented by the court. It was for this reason that the court around the temple was twofold, outer and inner. The outer court stood for those who are in the externals of the spiritual kingdom, and the inner court for those in the externals of the celestial kingdom. A. 9741.

4 And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits’ breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors were toward the north.

4 See Chapter XL., 7, 11, 48. A. 5391.

5 Now the upper chambers were shorter; for the galleries took away from these, more than from the lower and the middlemost, in the building.
6 For they were in three stories, and they had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the uppermost was straitened more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground.
7 And the wall that was without by the side of the chambers, toward the outer court before the chambers, the length thereof was fifty cubits.
8 For the length of the chambers that were in the outer court was fifty cubits: and, lo, before the temple were a hundred cubits.
9 And from under these chambers was the entry on the east side, as one goeth into them from the outer court.
10 In the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east, before the separate place, and before the building, there were chambers.
11 And the way before them was like the appearance of the way of the chambers which were toward the north; according to their length so was their breadth: and all their egresses were both according to their fashions, and according to their doors.
12 And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door at the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them.
13 Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they are the holy chambers, where the priests that are near unto Jehovah shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meal-offering, and the sin-offering, and the trespass-offering; for the place is holy.

5-15. See Chapter XL., 3, 5, 7, et seq. A. 648.

14 When the priests enter in, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the outer court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy: and they shall put on other garments, and shall approach to that which pertaineth to the people.

14 Putting off the garments, and being clothed with change of garments represented: purification from falsities. This is therefore said where the new temple is treated of in Ezekiel, by which in the internal sense is meant a new church. A. 4545.

15 Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about.

15-20. Five hundred is the whole in the complex, or everything holy from one end to the other, thus what is full, for it is said that the wall, which was of that length and breadth in a square, distinguished between what was holy and what was profane. A. 10253.

16 He measured on the east side with the measuring reed five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.
17 He measured on the north side five hundred reeds with the measuring reed round about.
18 He measured on the south side five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.
19 He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.

16-19. The measure of the house according to the four winds, that is, the four quarters is treated of. Quarter in the Hebrew tongue is there expressed by the same term as wind and spirit. E. 418.

20 He measured it on the four sides: it had a wall round about, the length five hundred, and the breadth five hundred, to make a separation between that which was holy and that which was common.

Whole Chapter. All who are principled in the goods and truths of the church dwell in the spiritual world according to their states. Quarters correspond to states of life. E. 422.

Author: Emanuel Swedenborg (Compiled by Robert S. Fischer 1925)