1 Kings 8:3-13 (The Message)

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3 With all Israel's leaders present, the priests took up the Chest of God 4 and carried up the Chest and the Tent of Meeting and all the holy vessels that went with the Tent. 5 King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel were there at the Chest worshiping and sacrificing huge numbers of sheep and cattle - so many that no one could keep track. 6 Then the priests brought the Chest of the Covenant of God to its place in the Inner Sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, under the wings of the cherubim. 7 The outspread wings of the cherubim stretched over the Chest and its poles. 8 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. 9 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 10 When the priests left the Holy Place, a cloud filled The Temple of God. 11 The priests couldn't carry out their priestly duties because of the cloud - the glory of God filled The Temple of God! 12 Then Solomon spoke: God has told us that he lives in the dark where no one can see him; 13 I've built this splendid Temple, O God, to mark your invisible presence forever.
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