* side. Heb. wind. the measuring reed.
Estimating the reed at 10芟feet, 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 than 4律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.
40:3 Zec 2:1 Re 11:1,2