The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 5:2–10

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Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers' houses of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of YHWH out of the city of David, which is Zion.

After this, he gathered together those greater by birth of Israel, and all the leaders of the tribes, and the heads of the families, from the sons of Israel, to Jerusalem, so that they might bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the City of David, which is Zion.

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And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king at the feast, which was in the seventh month.

And so, all the men of Israel went to the king, on the solemn day of the seventh month.

Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon at Jerusalem in the feast of tabernacles, which is in the seventh month.

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And all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark.

And when all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites carried the ark,

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And they brought up the ark, and the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent; these did the priests and the Levites bring up.

and the tabernacle of witness, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle; and the priests and the Levites brought it up.

and they brought it in, along with all the equipment of the tabernacle. Then too, the priests with the Levites carried the vessels of the sanctuary, which were in the tabernacle.

And king Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be counted nor numbered for multitude.

And king Solomon, and all the elders of Israel, and the religious of them, and they of them that were gathered before the ark, were sacrificing calves and sheep, which could not be numbered or reckoned for multitude.

Now king Solomon, and the entire assembly of Israel, and all who had gathered together before the ark, were immolating rams and oxen without any number, for so great was the multitude of the victims.

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And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of YHWH unto its place, into the Sanctuary of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim.

Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and put it in its place, into the most holy place under the wings of the cherubim

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For the cherubim spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and the staves thereof above.

And the cherubs stretched out their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubs covered the ark, and its staves above.

so that the cherubim extended their wings over the place where the ark was positioned, and they covered the ark itself and its bars.

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And the staves were so long that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the Sanctuary; but they could not be seen without; and there they are unto this day.

But concerning the bars by which the ark was carried, because they were a little longer, the ends were able to be seen before the oracle. Yet truly, if anyone were a little ways toward the exterior, he would not be able to see them. And so the ark has been in that place, even to the present day.

And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from underneath the ark within the house, but they were not seen from the outside. And there they remain to this day.

10  There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put there at Horeb, when YHWH made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.

10  And there was nothing else in the ark, except the two tablets, which Moses had placed there at Horeb when the Lord gave the law to the sons of Israel, at the departure from Egypt.

10  There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets which Moses had put there, which he brought from mount Sinai. This is the same covenant which the LORD made with the children of Israel when they came out of the land of Egypt.