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The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and overshadowed the ark and its carrying poles.
References for 1 Kings 8:7
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.
References for 1 Kings 8:8
There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.
References for 1 Kings 8:9
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