E Z E K I E L.
An account was given of the porch of the house in
the close of the foregoing chapter; this brings us to the temple
itself, the description of which here given creates much difficulty
to the critical expositors and occasions differences among them.
Those must consult them who are nice in their enquiries into the
meaning of the particulars of this delineation; it shall suffice us
to observe, I. The dimensions of the house, the posts of it
(ver. 1), the door
(ver. 2), the wall and the
side-chambers (ver. 5,
6), the foundations and wall of the chambers, their
doors (ver. 8-11), and
the house itself, ver. 13.
II. The dimensions of the oracle, or most holy place, ver. 3, 4. III. An account of
another building over against the separate place, ver. 12-15. IV. The manner of the
building of the house, ver. 7,
16, 17. V. The ornaments of the house, ver. 18-20. VI. The altar of
incense and the table, ver.
22. VII. The doors between the temple and the oracle,
ver. 23-26. There is so
much difference both in the terms and in the rules of architecture
between one age and another, one place and another, that it ought
not to be any stumbling-block to us that there is so much in these
descriptions dark and hard to be understood, about the meaning of
which the learned are not agreed. To one not skilled in mathematics
the mathematical description of a modern structure would be
scarcely intelligible; and yet to a common carpenter or mason among
the Jews at that time we may suppose that all this, in the literal
sense of it, was easy enough.