First Kings 8: 1-7, 9-13
The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes, the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel came to King Solomon in
to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant
from the City of
David, which is Zion.
All the people of Israel assembled before King
during the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh
When all the elders of Israel had arrived,
the priests took up the
they carried the ark of the LORD
and the meeting tent with all the
that were in the tent.
(The priests and Levites carried
King Solomon and the entire community of Israel
present for the
sacrificed before the ark sheep and oxen
too many to number or
The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD
place beneath the wings of the cherubim in the sanctuary,
the holy of holies
of the temple.
The cherubim had their wings spread out over the place of the
sheltering the ark and its poles from above.
There was nothing in the
ark but the two stone tablets
which Moses had put there at Horeb,
LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel
at their departure from the
land of Egypt.
When the priests left the holy place,
the cloud filled
the temple of the LORD
so that the priests could no longer minister because
of the cloud,
since the LORD’s glory had filled the temple of the
Then Solomon said, “The LORD intends to dwell in the dark cloud;
have truly built you a princely house,
a dwelling where you may abide
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