“will be for common use for the city.” Here in Ezekiel 48, “the city” is Jerusalem. We know that because Jerusalem is the subject of much of the restoration of Israel and it is also the only city referred to as the “holy city” in the Bible, and the city in Ezekiel 48 is the only city in the 25,000 cubit square special gift area that Ezekiel is describing. “The city” can be no other besides Jerusalem.
“5,000 cubits in breadth and 25,000 in length.” The land area for the Millennial city of Jerusalem will be south of the area for the priests. It will be 25,000 royal cubits from east to west (just over 8 miles; 8.12 miles; 13.06 km), and 5,000 royal cubits from north to south (about 1.62 miles or 2.6 km) (Ezek. 48:14). The city of Jerusalem itself will be smaller, only 4,500 royal cubits on a side and 1,800 cubits in circumference (Ezek. 48:30-35). [For more on the measurements, see commentary on Ezekiel 48:8].