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

New Living Translation
Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you. Then put the atonement cover on top of the Ark.

English Standard Version
And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you.

King James Bible
And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Set the mercy seat on top of the ark and put the testimony that I will give you into the ark.

International Standard Version
You are to put the Mercy Seat on top of the ark, and put the Testimony that I'll give you into the ark.

NET Bible
You are to put the atonement lid on top of the ark, and in the ark you are to put the testimony I am giving you.

New Heart English Bible
You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I will give you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After you put into the ark the words of my promise which I will give you, place the throne of mercy on top.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt put the ark-cover above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

New American Standard 1977
“And you shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I shall give to you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt put the seat of reconciliation above upon the ark, and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.

American King James Version
And you shall put the mercy seat above on the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt put the mercy-seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In which thou shalt put the testimony that I will give thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt put the mercy-seat above on the ark, and shalt put in the ark the testimony that I shall give thee.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt put the mercy-seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt put the mercy-seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

World English Bible
You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I will give you.

Young's Literal Translation
'And thou hast put the mercy-seat on the ark above, and unto the ark thou dost put the testimony which I give unto thee;
Study Bible
The Mercy Seat
20"The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat. 21"You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. 22"There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.…
Cross References
Exodus 16:34
As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the Testimony, to be kept.

Exodus 25:16
"You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

Exodus 26:34
"You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the holy of holies.

Exodus 30:6
"You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you.

Exodus 40:20
Then he took the testimony and put it into the ark, and attached the poles to the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark.

Leviticus 16:2
The LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat.

Leviticus 16:13
"He shall put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the ark of the testimony, otherwise he will die.

Numbers 7:89
Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to him.

Numbers 17:4
"You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you.

1 Kings 8:9
There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall put the mercy seat above on the ark; and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.

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Exodus 25:17 And you shall make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half …

Exodus 26:34 And you shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the …

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

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Exodus 25:16 And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

Verse 21. - Thou shalt put the mercy seat above the ark. Rather, "upon the ark" - "thou shalt cover the ark with it." This had not been expressed previously, though the dimensions (ver. 17), compared with those of the ark (ver. 10), would naturally have suggested the idea. In the ark thou shalt put the testimony. This is a mere repetition of verse 16, marking the special importance which attached to the provision. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark,.... Over it, as a covering for it: this situation of the mercy seat above the ark, where the law was, signifies, that there is no mercy but in a way of righteousness, or of satisfaction to the law of God, and in a consistence with the honour of it; and the cherubim over the mercy seat making a throne for the majesty of God, in which he sat, and the ark below a kind of footstool for him, shows that Christ, the mercy seat and propitiatory, stands between God and his law, and is the mediator between God, and men the transgressors of that law, and by fulfilling it has covered the sins of his people, which are violations of it; and being above it, and having magnified and made it honourable, is able to suppress its charges and accusations, and secure from its curse and condemnation:

and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee; or "after thou shalt put in the ark", &c. (r), as the particle "vau" is sometimes used; the sense is, that then the mercy seat should be put above, and upon the ark, as the covering of it, after the law, or the two tables of testimony, were put into it; for then it was covered, and not to be opened any more; see Exodus 40:20.

(r) "postquam in area", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius. Vid. Nold. Concord Ebr. part. p. 290. 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.
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