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1 Kings 8:1-21 (New International Version)

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The Ark Brought to the Temple

8:1-21pp -- 2Ch 5:2-6:11

1 Then King Solomon summoned into his presence at Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs1 of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark2 of the LORD's covenant from Zion, the City of David.3 2 All the men of Israel came together to King Solomon at the time of the festival4 in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month.5 3 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests6 took up the ark, 4 and they brought up the ark of the LORD and the Tent of Meeting7 and all the sacred furnishings in it. The priests and Levites8 carried them up, 5 and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing9 so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted. 6 The priests then brought the ark of the LORD's covenant10 to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place,11 and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.12 7 The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and overshadowed13 the ark and its carrying poles. 8 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today.14 9 There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets15 that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt. 10 When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud16 filled the temple of the LORD. 11 And the priests could not perform their service17 because of the cloud, for the glory18 of the LORD filled his temple. 12 Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;19 13 I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell20 forever." 14 While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed21 them. 15 Then he said: "Praise be to the LORD,22 the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth to my father David. For he said, 16 'Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt,23 I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built for my Name24 to be there, but I have chosen25 David26 to rule my people Israel.' 17 "My father David had it in his heart27 to build a temple28 for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 18 But the LORD said to my father David, 'Because it was in your heart to build a temple for my Name, you did well to have this in your heart. 19 Nevertheless, you29 are not the one to build the temple, but your son, who is your own flesh and blood--he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.'30 20 "The LORD has kept the promise he made: I have succeeded31 David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built32 the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 21 I have provided a place there for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he made with our fathers when he brought them out of Egypt."
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