New International Version
He measured the east side with the measuring rod; it was five hundred cubits.
King James Bible
He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.
Darby Bible Translation
He measured the east side with the measuring-reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring-reed round about.
World English Bible
He measured on the east side with the measuring reed five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed all around.
Young's Literal Translation
He hath measured the east side with the measuring-reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring-reed round about.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He measured the east - north - south - west side - Each of which was five hundred reeds: and, as the building was square, the area must have been nearly thirteen thousand paces. No wonder this was called a city. See Ezekiel 40:2.
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side [heb] wind
500 reeds will be nearly equal to a mile; so that from this statement we find the temple with its outbuildings, was built on a square, nearly an English mile on each side, and four miles in circumference, This not only far exceeds the size of Solomon's temple, or that after the captivity, which was only
500 cubits, or a furlong, on each side, and exactly half a mile in circuit; but is nearly equal to the whole extent of Jerusalem itself, which, when greatest, was but
33 furlongs in circumference, somewhat less that
4:25 miles. This seems clearly to intimate, that the vision cannot be explained of any temple that has hitherto been built, or indeed of any literal temple, but figuratively and mystically of the spiritual temple, the church under the gospel, and its spiritual glory.
"Wherefore is it called mount Moriah? R. Levi Bar Chama and R. Chaninah differ about this matter. One saith, Because thence instruction should go forth to Israel. The other saith, Because thence should go forth fear to the nations of the world." "It is a tradition received by all, that the place, where David built an altar in the threshing-floor of Araunah, was the place where Abraham built his, upon which he bound Isaac; where Noah built his, when he went out of the ark: that in the same place was …
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica
He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand.
He measured the north side; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod.
"'When you allot the land as an inheritance, you are to present to the LORD a portion of the land as a sacred district, 25,000 cubits long and 20,000 cubits wide; the entire area will be holy.
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