1 Kings 8:8
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English Standard Version
And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day.

King James Bible
And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.

American Standard Version
And the staves were so long that the ends of the staves were seen from the holy place before the oracle; but they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whereas the staves stood out, the ends of them were seen without in the sanctuary before the oracle, but were not seen farther out, and there they have been unto this day.

English Revised Version
And the staves were so long that the ends of the staves were seen from the holy place before the oracle; but they were not seen without: and there they are, unto this day.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they drew out the staffs, that the ends of the staffs were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are to this day.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Accordingly "all the men of Israel (i.e., the heads of the tribes and families mentioned in 1 Kings 8:1) assembled together to the king in the month Ethanim, i.e., the seventh month, at the feast." Gesenius explains the name האתנים (in 55 codd. האיתנים) as meaning "month of the flowing brooks," after איתן in Proverbs 13:15; Bttcher, on the other hand, supposes it to denote the equinox. But apart from other grounds, the plural by no means favours this. Nor does the seventh month answer to the period between the middle of our September and the middle of October, as is supposed by Thenius, who founds upon this supposition the explanation already rejected by Bttcher, viz., "month of gifts;" but it corresponds to the period between the new moon of October and the new moon of November, during which the rainy season commences in Palestine (Rob. Pal. ii. p. 96ff.), so that this month may very well have received its name from the constant flowing of the brooks. The explanation, "that is the seventh month," is added, however (here as in 1 Kings 6:1, 1 Kings 6:38), not because the arrangement of the months was a different one before the captivity (Thenius), but because different names came into use for the months during the captivity. בּחג is construed with the article: "because the feast intended was one that was well known, and had already been kept for a long time (viz., the feast of tabernacles)." The article overthrows the explanation given by Thenius, who supposes that the reference is to the festivities connected with the dedication of the temple itself.

1 Kings 8:8 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

drew out the staves

Exodus 25:14,15 And you shall put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them...

Exodus 37:4,5 And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold...

Exodus 40:20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above on the ark:

ends [heb] heads
holy place. or, ark, as

2 Chronicles 5:9 And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle...

unto this day

Joshua 4:9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of Jordan...

Matthew 28:15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Cross References
Exodus 25:13
You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.

Exodus 25:15
The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it.

Exodus 37:4
And he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold

Exodus 37:5
and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark.

1 Kings 8:7
For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles.

2 Chronicles 5:9
And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary, but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day.

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