When all the elders of Israel arrived, the priests picked up the Ark.
The priests and Levites brought up the Ark of the along with the special tent and all the sacred items that had been in it.
References for 1 Kings 8:4
There, before the Ark, King Solomon and the entire community of Israel sacrificed so many sheep, goats, and cattle that no one could keep count!
Then the priests carried the Ark of the ’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim.
The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles.
These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Holy Place, which is in front of the Most Holy Place, but not from the outside. They are still there to this day.
Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai, where the made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left the land of Egypt.
References for 1 Kings 8:9
When the priests came out of the Holy Place, a thick cloud filled the Temple of the .
The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the filled the Temple of the .
Then Solomon prayed, “O , you have said that you would live in a thick cloud of darkness.
Now I have built a glorious Temple for you, a place where you can live forever! ”
References for 1 Kings 8:13