Exodus 40:20
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English Standard Version
He took the testimony and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark and set the mercy seat above on the ark.

King James Bible
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark:

American Standard Version
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy-seat above upon the ark:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he put the testimony in the ark, thrusting bars underneath, and the oracle above.

English Revised Version
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy-seat above upon the ark:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staffs on the ark, and put the mercy-seat above upon the ark:

Exodus 40:20 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After the completion of all the works, the command was given by God to Moses to set up the dwelling of the tabernacle on the first day of the first month (see at Exodus 19:1), sc., in the second year of the Exodus (see Exodus 40:17), and to put all the vessels, both of the dwelling and court, in the places appointed by God; also to furnish the table of shew-bread with its fitting out (ערכּו equals לחם ערך Exodus 40:23), i.e., to arrange the bread upon it in the manner prescribed (Exodus 40:4 cf. Leviticus 24:6-7), and to put water in the laver of the court (Exodus 40:7). After that he was to anoint the dwelling and everything in it, also the altar of burnt-offering and laver, with the anointing oil, and to sanctify them (Exodus 40:9-11); and to consecrate Aaron and his sons before the door of the tabernacle, and clothe them, anoint them, and sanctify them as priests (Exodus 40:12-15). When we read here, however, that the dwelling and the vessels therein would be rendered "holy" through the anointing, but the altar of burnt-offering "most holy," we are not to understand this as attributing a higher degree of holiness to the altar of burnt-offering than to the dwelling and its furniture; but the former is called "most holy" merely in the sense ascribed to it in Exodus 30:10 namely, that every one who touched it was to become holy; in other words, the distinction has reference to the fact, that, standing as it did in the court, it was more exposed to contact from the people than the vessels in the dwelling, which no layman was allowed to enter. In this relative sense we find the same statement in Exodus 30:29, with reference to the tabernacle and all the vessels therein, the dwelling as well as the court, that they would become most holy in consequence of the anointing (see the remarks on Exodus 30:10). It is stated provisionally, in Exodus 40:16, that this command was fulfilled by Moses. But from the further history we find that the consecration of the priests did not take place contemporaneously with the erection of the tabernacle, but somewhat later, or not till after the promulgation of the laws of sacrifice (cf. Leviticus 8 and Leviticus 1:1.).

Exodus 40:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the testimony

Exodus 16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

Exodus 25:16-21 And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you...

Exodus 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him on mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone...

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

mercy

Exodus 40:3 And you shall put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil.

Exodus 37:6-9 And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof...

Romans 3:25 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood...

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:19-21 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus...

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Cross References
Hebrews 9:4
having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.

Exodus 16:34
As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the testimony to be kept.

Exodus 25:16
And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.

Exodus 25:21
And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.

Exodus 26:34
You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place.

Exodus 40:19
And he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent over it, as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Deuteronomy 10:5
Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark that I had made. And there they are, as the LORD commanded me."

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