5:2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the a city of David, which [is] Zion.
(a) Read ( 2 Samuel 6:12 ). 5:3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the b feast which [was] in the seventh c month.
(b) When the things were dedicated and brought into the temple. 5:10 [There was] nothing in the ark save d the two tables which Moses put [therein] at Horeb, when the LORD made [a covenant] with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
(c) Called in Hebrew Ethanim, containing part of September and part of October, ( 1 Kings 8:2 ), which moves the Jews called the first month, because they say that the world was created in that month, and after they came from Egypt, they began at March: but because this opinion is uncertain, we always make March the first as the best writers do.
(d) For Aarons rod and manna were taken from there before it was brought to this place. 5:11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy [place]: (for all the priests [that were] present were e sanctified, [and] did not [then] wait by course:
(e) Were prepared to serve the Lord. 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers [were] f as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up [their] voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, [saying], g For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: that [then] the house was filled with a cloud, [even] the house of the LORD;
(f) They all played the same tune.
(g) This was the effect of their songs, ( Psalms 118:1 Psalms 136:1 ).