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1 Kings 8:3-11

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8:3 When all Israel’s elders had arrived, the priests lifted the ark. 8:4 The priests and Levites carried the ark of the Lord, the tent of meeting, 1  and all the holy items in the tent. 2  8:5 Now King Solomon and all the Israelites who had assembled with him went on ahead of the ark and sacrificed more sheep and cattle than could be counted or numbered. 3 

8:6 The priests brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its assigned 4  place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, in the most holy place, under the wings of the cherubs. 8:7 The cherubs’ wings extended over the place where the ark sat; the cherubs overshadowed the ark and its poles. 5  8:8 The poles were so long their ends were visible from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from beyond that point. 6  They have remained there to this very day. 8:9 There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets Moses had placed there in Horeb. 7  It was there that 8  the Lord made an agreement with the Israelites after he brought them out of the land of Egypt. 8:10 Once the priests left the holy place, a cloud filled the Lord’s temple. 8:11 The priests could not carry out their duties 9  because of the cloud; the Lord’s glory filled his temple. 10 

1 tn Heb “the tent of assembly.”

sn The tent of meeting. See Exod 33:7-11.

2 tn Heb “and they carried the ark of the Lord…. The priests and the Levites carried them.”

3 tn Heb “And King Solomon and all the assembly of Israel, those who had been gathered to him, [were] before the ark, sacrificing sheep and cattle which could not be counted or numbered because of the abundance.”

4 tn The word “assigned” is supplied in the translation for clarification.

5 sn And its poles. These poles were used to carry the ark. See Exod 25:13-15.

6 tn Heb “they could not be seen outside.”

7 sn Horeb is another name for Mount Sinai.

8 tn Heb “in Horeb where.”

9 tn Heb “were not able to stand to serve.”

10 tn Heb “the house of the Lord.”



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