1 Kings 8:3
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New International Version
When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark,

New Living Translation
When all the elders of Israel arrived, the priests picked up the Ark.

English Standard Version
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

New American Standard Bible
Then all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

King James Bible
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the elders of Israel came, and the priests picked up the ark.

International Standard Version
All the Elders of Israel showed up, and the priests picked up the ark

NET Bible
When all Israel's elders had arrived, the priests lifted the ark.

New Heart English Bible
All the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When all the leaders of Israel had arrived, the priests picked up the LORD's ark.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

New American Standard 1977
Then all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

King James 2000 Bible
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

American King James Version
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

American Standard Version
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all the ancients of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark,

Darby Bible Translation
And all the elders of Israel came; and the priests took up the ark.

English Revised Version
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

World English Bible
All the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

Young's Literal Translation
And all the elders of Israel come in, and the priests lift up the ark,
Study Bible
The Ark Enters the Temple
2All the men of Israel assembled themselves to King Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 3Then all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4They brought up the ark of the LORD and the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils, which were in the tent, and the priests and the Levites brought them up.…
Cross References
Numbers 7:9
But he did not give any to the sons of Kohath because theirs was the service of the holy objects, which they carried on the shoulder.

Deuteronomy 31:9
So Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.

Joshua 3:3
and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.

Joshua 3:6
And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people." So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people.

1 Kings 8:6
Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the most holy place, under the wings of the cherubim.
Treasury of Scripture

And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

the priests took up

Numbers 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, …

Deuteronomy 31:9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it to the priests the sons …

Joshua 3:6,14,15 And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, …

Joshua 4:9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of Jordan…

Joshua 6:6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said to them, Take …

1 Chronicles 15:2,11-15 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: …

2 Chronicles 5:5-8 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, …

(3) The priests took up the ark.--To bear the ark on its journeys was properly the duty of the Levites of the family of Kohath (Numbers 3:31; Numbers 4:5); but to bring it out of the Holy of Holies (or, as here, from whatever corresponded thereto in the tent erected for the ark on Mount Zion), and to replace it therein, was the work of the priests alone. Hence in this passage, with literal accuracy, it is said, first, that "the priests took up the ark;" then (1Kings 8:4) that the priests and Levites brought up the ark and the holy things; and, lastly (1Kings 8:6), that "the priests brought in the ark into the oracle." Josephus, indeed, declares that, as was natural on this occasion of special solemnity--just as at the passage of the Jordan, and the circuit round the walls of Jericho (Joshua 3:6-17; Joshua 6:6)--the priests themselves bore the ark, while the Levites bore only the vessels and furniture of the Tabernacle.

Verse 3. - And all the elders of Israel came [Not a mere repetition. The men who were summoned to Jerusalem (ver. 1) were all present, of their own accord, to witness the removal], and the priests took up the ark. tin the parallel account in 2 Chronicles 5:4, we read that "the Levites took up the ark." But there is no contradiction, as has been too readily supposed. For ver. 7 of the Chronicles," the priests brought in the ark," etc., confirms the statement of the text. And the explanation is suggested in ver. 5 of the same chapter, "These did the priests, the Levites (so the Heb.) bring up." Same expression in Joshua 3:3. All the priests were Levites - Keil translates, "the Levitical priests" - and this somewhat singular expression is no doubt used to remind us that such was the case. Nor need it cause us any surprise to find the priests employed in this service. It is true that the ark was given into the charge of the Kohathite Levites (Numbers 3:30, 31); and it was their duty to bear it (Numbers 4:15; Numbers 7:9; Numbers 10:21; cf. 1 Chronicles 15:2, 11, 12). But the real care and supervision of the ark always belonged to the sons of Aaron. It was their office, e.g., to put on or take off the covering of the ark and of the vessels, which the Levites were forbidden directly to touch (Numbers 4:5-15). It was quite in accordance with the spirit of these provisions that Solomon now entrusted the carriage of the ark to the superior order. But more than that, Solomon was not without precedent to justify his choice, indeed, we may see in his selection of the priests a minute mark of truth, amounting almost to an undo-signed coincidence. For we find that on occasions of extraordinary solemnity - at the crossing of the Jordan, e.g., (Joshua 3:6, 15, 17), and at the siege of Jericho (Joshua 6:6), the priests had borne the ark (cf. 1 Samuel 4:4; 1 Chronicles 15:11, 12). It was no doubt these familiar precedents guided Solomon, or the ecclesiastical authorities, in their selection of the priests on this occasion. A "settled place," a "house of cedars" (2 Samuel 7:7), "having now been found for the ark" to abide in, after it had "dwelt in curtains" for 500 years, it was taking its last journey, and in order to mark this journey as exceptional, in order to show both the ark and the house the greater reverence, it was determined that it should be borne for the last time by the priests. Keil suggests that the ark may have been uncovered, but this is very improbable. Why, we may ask, were coverings provided, and their use prescribed (Numbers 4:5-15), if they were to be arbitrarily dispensed with? He also adds that Levites were not allowed to enter the most holy place. But neither, it may be added, was this lawful for the priests. Levites and priests might enter that day, because the house was not then dedicated. The cloud (ver. 10) claimed it for God. 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. 8:1-11 The bringing in the ark, is the end which must crown the work: this was done with great solemnity. The ark was fixed in the place appointed for its rest in the inner part of the house, whence they expected God to speak to them, even in the most holy place. The staves of the ark were drawn out, so as to direct the high priest to the mercy-seat over the ark, when he went in, once a year, to sprinkle the blood there; so that they continued of use, though there was no longer occasion to carry it by them. The glory of God appearing in a cloud may signify, 1. The darkness of that dispensation, in comparison with the light of the gospel, by which, with open face, we behold, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord. 2. The darkness of our present state, in comparison with the sight of God, which will be the happiness of heaven, where the Divine glory is unveiled.
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