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Exodus 37:1-9

The Making of the Ark

37:1 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; its length was three feet nine inches, its width two feet three inches, and its height two feet three inches. 37:2 He overlaid it with pure gold, inside and out, and he made a surrounding border 1  of gold for it. 37:3 He cast four gold rings for it that he put 2  on its four feet, with 3  two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. 37:4 He made poles of acacia wood, overlaid them with gold, 37:5 and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark in order to carry the ark.

37:6 He made 4  an atonement lid of pure gold; its length was three feet nine inches, and its width was two feet three inches. 37:7 He made two cherubim of gold; he made them of hammered metal on the two ends of the atonement lid, 37:8 one cherub on one end 5  and one cherub on the other end. 6  He made the cherubim from the atonement lid on its two ends. 37:9 The cherubim were spreading their wings 7  upward, overshadowing the atonement lid with their wings. The cherubim 8  faced each other, 9  looking toward the atonement lid. 10 

1 tn Or “molding.”

2 tn “that he put” has been supplied.

3 tn This is taken as a circumstantial clause; the clause begins with the conjunction vav.

4 tn Heb “and he made.”

5 tn Heb “from/at [the] end, from this.”

6 tn The repetition of the expression indicates it has the distributive sense.

7 tn The construction is a participle in construct followed by the genitive “wings” – “spreaders of wings.”

8 tn “The cherubim” has been placed here instead of in the second clause to produce a smoother translation.

9 tn Heb “and their faces a man to his brother.”

10 tn Heb “to the atonement lid were the faces of the cherubim.”

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