Exodus 25:16
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New International Version
Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.

New Living Translation
When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you.

English Standard Version
And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

King James Bible
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Put the tablets of the testimony that I will give you into the ark.

International Standard Version
You are to put the Testimony that I will give you into the ark.

NET Bible
You are to put into the ark the testimony that I will give to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then you will put into the ark the words of my promise which I will give you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

American King James Version
And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt put in the ark the testimony which I will give thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony that I shall give thee.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

World English Bible
You shall put the testimony which I shall give you into the ark.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast put unto the ark the testimony which I give unto thee.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

25:10-22 The ark was a chest, overlaid with gold, in which the two tables of the law were to be kept. These tables are called the testimony; God in them testified his will. This law was a testimony to the Israelites, to direct them in their duty, and would be a testimony against them, if they transgressed. This ark was placed in the holy of holies; the blood of the sacrifices was sprinkled, and the incense burned, before it, by the high priest; and above it appeared the visible glory, which was the symbol of the Divine presence. This was a type of Christ in his sinless nature, which saw no corruption, in personal union with his Divine nature, atoning for our sins against it, by his death. The cherubim of gold looked one towards another, and both looked downward toward the ark. It denotes the angels' attendance on the Redeemer, their readiness to do his will, their presence in the assemblies of saints, and their desire to look into the mysteries of the gospel. It was covered with a covering of gold, called the mercy-seat. God is said to dwell, or sit between the cherubim, on the mercy-seat. There he would give his law, and hear supplicants, as a prince on his throne.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - The testimony which I will give thee, is undoubtedly the Decalogue, or in other words, the two tables of stone, written with the finger of God, and forming his testimony against sin. (Compare Deuteronomy 31:26, 27.) The main intention of the ark was to be a repository in which the two tables should be laid up.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thou shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give thee. Which was the principal use of it: by the "testimony" is meant the law, written on two tables of stone; so called, because it was a testification of the mind and will of God, what he would have done or omitted; and as the Israelites had declared their approbation of it, and assent unto it, and had promised obedience to it, therefore, should they transgress it, it would be a testimony against them: now this was put into the ark, and preserved there, see Deuteronomy 10:1, which may signify that the law was in the heart of Christ, and which he undertook to fulfil, and with pleasure did it; that he is become the fulfilling end of the law for righteousness to them that believe in him; and that it remains with him as a rule of walk and conversation to his people, so far as it is of a moral, holy, and spiritual nature.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. the testimony—that is, the two tables of stone, containing the ten commandments, and called "the testimony," because by it God did testify His sovereign authority over Israel as His people, His selection of them as the guardians of His will and worship, and His displeasure in the event of their transgressing His laws; while on their part, by receiving and depositing this law in its appointed place, they testified their acknowledgment of God's right to rule over them, and their submission to the authority of His law. The superb and elaborate style of the ark that contained "the testimony" was emblematic of the great treasure it held; in other words, the incomparable value and excellence of the Word of God, while its being placed in this chest further showed the great care which God has ever taken for preserving it.

Exodus 25:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Ark of the Covenant
15"The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it. 16"You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.
Cross References
Hebrews 9:4
which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron's staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

Exodus 16:34
As the LORD commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.

Exodus 25:21
Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.

Exodus 26:33
Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.

Exodus 40:20
He took the tablets of the covenant law and placed them in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it.

Numbers 17:4
Place them in the tent of meeting in front of the ark of the covenant law, where I meet with you.

Deuteronomy 10:2
I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the ark."

Deuteronomy 31:26
"Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. There it will remain as a witness against you.

Joshua 4:16
"Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant law to come up out of the Jordan."

1 Kings 8:9
There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.

2 Kings 11:12
Jehoiada brought out the king's son and put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him, and the people clapped their hands and shouted, "Long live the king!"

2 Chronicles 23:11
Jehoiada and his sons brought out the king's son and put the crown on him; they presented him with a copy of the covenant and proclaimed him king. They anointed him and shouted, "Long live the king!"
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

Exodus 16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, …

Exodus 27:21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the veil, which is …

Exodus 30:6,36 And you shall put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, …

Exodus 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him …

Exodus 32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables …

Exodus 34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the …

Exodus 38:21 This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, …

Numbers 17:4 And you shall lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before …

Hebrews 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid …

Deuteronomy 10:2-5 And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables …

Deuteronomy 31:26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the …

1 Kings 8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which …

2 Kings 11:12 And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown on him, and …

2 Chronicles 34:14,15 And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house …

Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he …

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that to them were committed the oracles of God.

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