The outspread wings of the cherubim stretched over the Chest and its poles.
The poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the entrance to the Inner Sanctuary, but were not noticeable farther out. They're still there today.
There was nothing in the Chest but the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb where God made a covenant with Israel after bringing them up from Egypt. The Temple Finished, Dedicated, Filled
When the priests left the Holy Place, a cloud filled The Temple of God.
The priests couldn't carry out their priestly duties because of the cloud - the glory of God filled The Temple of God!
Then Solomon spoke: God has told us that he lives in the dark where no one can see him;
I've built this splendid Temple, O God, to mark your invisible presence forever.
The king then turned to face the congregation and blessed them:
"Blessed be God, the God of Israel, who spoke personally to my father David. Now he has kept the promise he made when he said,
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)