Their outstretched wings covered the box and the poles it was carried by.
The ends of the poles could be seen by anyone standing directly in front of the Most Holy Place, but from nowhere else. (The poles are still there today.)
There was nothing inside the Covenant Box except the two stone tablets which Moses had placed there at Mount Sinai, when the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel as they were coming from Egypt. 1
References for 1 Kings 8:9
As the priests were leaving the Temple, it was suddenly filled with a cloud 2
References for 1 Kings 8:10
8.10, 11 Ex 40.34, 35.
shining with the dazzling light of the Lord's presence, and they could not go back in to perform their duties.
Then Solomon prayed: 3 "You, Lord, have placed the sun in the sky, yet you have chosen to live in clouds and darkness.
References for 1 Kings 8:12
8.12 Ps 18.11; 97.2.
Now I have built a majestic temple for you, a place for you to live in forever."
As the people stood there, King Solomon turned to face them, and he asked God's blessing on them.
He said, "Praise the Lord God of Israel! He has kept the promise he made to my father David, when he told him,