Deuteronomy 10:3

3 So I made an ark 1of acacia wood, and 2cut two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand.

Deuteronomy 10:3 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 10:3

And I made an ark of shittim wood
That is, ordered it to be made, and it was made by Bezaleel, and that of shittim wood: so the ark that was put into the holy of holies was made of this wood; see (See Gill on Exodus 25:10), (See Gill on Exodus 37:1),

and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first;
two marble ones, as the Targum of Jonathan; that is, he ordered them to be hewed, and took care that they should be exactly made as the former were, of which he had perfect knowledge, having received them of the Lord, and brought them with him down the mount:

and went up into the mount, having the two tables in my hand;
in order to have the words of the law, the ten commands, written on them, these being only hewn stones, without anything on them: they were very probably marble, of which great quantities were near at hand.

Deuteronomy 10:3 In-Context

1 "At that time the LORD said to me, 'Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and come up to me on the mountain and make an ark of wood.
2 And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets that you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.'
3 So I made an ark of acacia wood, and cut two tablets of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my hand.
4 And he wrote on the tablets, in the same writing as before, the Ten Commandmentsthat the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. And the LORD gave them to me.
5 Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark that I had made. And there they are, as the LORD commanded me."

Cross References 2

  • 1. Exodus 25:10; Exodus 37:1
  • 2. Exodus 34:4