1 Kings 8:5

5 King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel, who had gathered around him and were with him in front of the ark, were sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered, because there were so many.

1 Kings 8:5 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 8:5

And King Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were
assembled together
On this solemn occasion:

were with him before the ark;
while it was in the court of the priests, before it was carried into the most holy place:

sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for
multitude;
the phrase seems to be hyperbolical, and designed to denote a great number.

1 Kings 8:5 In-Context

3 All the elders of Israel came, and the priests picked up the ark.
4 The priests and the Levites brought the ark of the Lord, the tent of meeting, and the holy utensils that were in the tent.
5 King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel, who had gathered around him and were with him in front of the ark, were sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered, because there were so many.
6 The priests brought the ark of the Lord's covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place beneath the wings of the cherubim.
7 For the cherubim were spreading their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim covered the ark and its poles from above.