New American Standard Bible
Then he took the testimony and put it into the ark, and attached the poles to the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of 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:
Darby Bible Translation
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and put the staves in the ark, and put the mercy-seat above on the ark.
World English Bible
He took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the poles on the ark, and put the mercy seat above on the ark.
Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh and putteth the testimony unto the ark, and setteth the staves on the ark, and putteth the mercy-seat on the ark above;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The testimony - i. e. the tables of stone with the Ten Commandments engraved on them Exodus 25:16; Exodus 31:18. Nothing else is said to have been put into the ark. These were found there by themselves in the time of Solomon 1 Kings 8:9; 2 Chronicles 5:10. The pot of manna was "laid up before the testimony" Exodus 16:34; Aaron's rod was also placed "before the testimony" Numbers 17:10; and the book of the law was put at "the side of the ark" Deuteronomy 31:26. The expression "before the testimony" appears to mean the space immediately in front of the ark. Most interpreters hold that the pot of manna and Aaron's rod were at first placed between the ark and the veil, and afterward within the ark Hebrews 9:4. It is very probable that the pot and the rod had been put into the ark before it was taken by the Philistines, but that they were not sent back with the ark and the tables. 1 Samuel 4:11; 1 Samuel 6:11.
LibraryAppendix viii. Rabbinic Traditions About Elijah, the Forerunner of the Messiah
To complete the evidence, presented in the text, as to the essential difference between the teaching of the ancient Synagogue about the Forerunner of the Messiah' and the history and mission of John the Baptist, as described in the New Testaments, we subjoin a full, though condensed, account of the earlier Rabbinic traditions about Elijah. Opinions differ as to the descent and birthplace of Elijah. According to some, he was from the land of Gilead (Bemid. R. 14), and of the tribe of Gad (Tanch. on …
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant;
As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the Testimony, to be kept.
"You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.
"You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you.
"You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the holy of holies.
He spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering of the tent on top of it, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
"Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, as the LORD commanded me."
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