Exodus 40:3

3 Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain.

Exodus 40:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the vail.
ESV
3 And you shall put in it the ark of the testimony, and you shall screen the ark with the veil.
NLT
3 Place the Ark of the Covenant inside, and install the inner curtain to enclose the Ark within the Most Holy Place.
MSG
3 Place the Chest of The Testimony in it and screen the Chest with the curtain.
CSB
3 Put the ark of the testimony there, and screen off the ark with the veil.

Exodus 40:3 Meaning and Commentary

Exodus 40:3

And thou shall put therein the ark of the testimony
The ark or chest where the law was, a testimony of the divine will, and which was to be put into the most holy place of the tabernacle:

and cover the ark with the vail;
not with the propitiatory or mercy seat, as the Targum of Jonathan; for though that was a covering or lid to the ark, yet not a vail; this was the vail that divided between the holy place and the most holy, and so covered or hid the ark from the sight even of the priests that went into the holy place.

Exodus 40:3 In-Context

1 Then the LORD said to Moses:
2 “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month.
3 Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain.
4 Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps.
5 Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 21; Numbers 4:5; S Exodus 26:33