5:2 Then Solomon convened Israel’s elders – all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and families – in Jerusalem, 1 so they could witness the transferal of the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the City of David 2 (that is, Zion). 3 5:3 All the men of Israel assembled before the king during the festival 4 in the seventh month. 5 5:4 When all Israel’s elders had arrived, the Levites lifted the ark. 5:5 The priests and Levites carried the ark, the tent where God appeared to his people, 6 and all the holy items in the tent. 7 5:6 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. 8
5:7 The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its assigned 9 place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, in the most holy place under the wings of the cherubs. 5:8 The cherubs’ wings extended over the place where the ark sat; the cherubs overshadowed the ark and its poles. 10 5:9 The poles were so long their ends extending out from the ark were visible from in front of the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from beyond that point. 11 They have remained there to this very day. 5:10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets Moses had placed there in Horeb. 12 (It was there that 13 the Lord made an agreement with the Israelites after he brought them out of the land of Egypt.)
3 tn Heb “Then Solomon convened the elders of Israel, the heads of the tribes, the chiefs of the fathers belonging to the sons of Israel to Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the covenant of the
5 sn The seventh month would be September-October in modern reckoning.
6 tn Heb “the tent of assembly.”
sn See Exod 33:7-11.
7 tn Heb “and they carried the ark of the
8 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.”
9 tn The word “assigned” is supplied in the translation for clarification.
11 tn Heb “they could not be seen outside.”
13 tn Heb “in Horeb where.”