1 Kings 8:3

3 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark,

1 Kings 8:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
ESV
3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
NLT
3 When all the elders of Israel arrived, the priests picked up the Ark.
MSG
3 With all Israel's leaders present, the priests took up the Chest of God
CSB
3 All the elders of Israel came, and the priests picked up the ark.

1 Kings 8:3 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 8:3

And all the elders of Israel came
To Zion, the city of David:

and the priests took up the ark;
from thence; in ( 2 Chronicles 5:4 ) it is said the Levites did it, whose business it was, ( Deuteronomy 31:25 ) , and so the priests might be called; for every priest was a Levite, though every Levite was not a priest, and the priests did at all times bear the ark; see ( Joshua 3:15 ) ( 6:4 ) ( 2 Samuel 15:29 ) .

1 Kings 8:3 In-Context

1 Then King Solomon summoned into his presence at Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Zion, the City of David.
2 All the Israelites came together to King Solomon at the time of the festival in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month.
3 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark,
4 and they brought up the ark of the LORD and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The priests and Levites carried them up,
5 and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Numbers 7:9; S Joshua 3:3