Exodus 40:20
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
He took the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant and placed them inside the Ark. Then he attached the carrying poles to the Ark, and he set the Ark's cover--the place of atonement--on top of it.

English Standard Version
He took the testimony and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark and set the mercy seat above on the ark.

Berean Study Bible
Moses took the Testimony and placed it in the ark, attaching the poles to the ark; and he set the mercy seat atop the ark.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark:

Christian Standard Bible
Moses took the testimony and placed it in the ark, and attached the poles to the ark. He set the mercy seat on top of the ark.

Contemporary English Version
The stones with the Ten Commandments written on them were stored in the sacred chest, the place of mercy was put on top of it, and the carrying poles were attached.

Good News Translation
Then he took the two stone tablets and put them in the Covenant Box. He put the poles in the rings of the Box and put the lid on it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moses took the testimony and placed it in the ark, and attached the poles to the ark. He set the mercy seat on top of the ark.

International Standard Version
Then he took the Testimony, put it into the ark, and placed the poles on the ark. He then put the Mercy Seat on top of the ark.

NET Bible
He took the testimony and put it in the ark, attached the poles to the ark, and then put the atonement lid on the ark.

New Heart English Bible
He took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the poles on the ark, and put the mercy seat above on the ark.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He took the words of God's promise and put them in the ark. He put the poles on the ark and placed the throne of mercy on top of the ark.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the ark-cover above upon the ark.

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he took and put the testimony into the ark and set the staves on the ark and put the seat of reconciliation upon the ark above,

King James 2000 Bible
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the poles on the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark:

American King James Version
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above on the ark:

American Standard Version
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy-seat above upon the ark:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he took the testimonies, and put them into the ark; and he put the staves by the sides of the ark.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he put the testimony in the ark, thrusting bars underneath, and the oracle above.

Darby Bible Translation
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and put the staves in the ark, and put the mercy-seat above on the ark.

English Revised Version
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy-seat above upon the ark:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staffs on the ark, and put the mercy-seat above upon the ark:

World English Bible
He took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the poles on the ark, and put the mercy seat above on the ark.

Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh and putteth the testimony unto the ark, and setteth the staves on the ark, and putteth the mercy-seat on the ark above;
Study Bible
Setting Up the Tabernacle
19Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, just as the LORD had commanded him. 20Moses took the Testimony and placed it in the ark, attaching the poles to the ark; and he set the mercy seat atop the ark. 21Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle, put up the veil for the screen, and shielded off the Ark of the Testimony, just as the LORD had commanded him.…
Cross References
Hebrews 9:4
containing the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. Inside the ark were the gold jar of manna, Aaron's staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

Exodus 16:34
So Aaron placed it before the Testimony to be preserved, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Exodus 25:16
And put into the ark the Testimony, which I will give you.

Exodus 25:21
Set the mercy seat atop the ark, and put the Testimony that I will give you into the ark.

Exodus 26:34
Put the mercy seat on the Ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy Place.

Exodus 40:19
Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, just as the LORD had commanded him.

Deuteronomy 10:5
and I went back down the mountain and placed the tablets in the ark I had made, as the LORD had commanded me, and there they have remained.

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 had made a covenant with the Israelites after they had come out of the land of Egypt.

1 Chronicles 15:3
And David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to the place he had prepared for it.

2 Chronicles 5:10
There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the LORD had made a covenant with the Israelites after they had come out of Egypt.

Treasury of Scripture

And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above on the ark:

the testimony

Exodus 16:34
As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

Exodus 25:16-21
And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee…

Exodus 31:18
And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

mercy

Exodus 40:3
And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the vail.

Exodus 37:6-9
And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof…

Romans 3:25
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;







Lexicon
Moses took
וַיִּקַּ֞ח (way·yiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

the Testimony
הָעֵדֻת֙ (hā·‘ê·ḏuṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5715: Testimony

and placed
וַיִּתֵּ֤ן (way·yit·tên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

it in
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the ark,
הָ֣אָרֹ֔ן (hā·’ā·rōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 727: A chest, ark

attaching
וַיָּ֥שֶׂם (way·yā·śem)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

the poles
הַבַּדִּ֖ים (hab·bad·dîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 905: Separation, a part of the body, branch of a, tree, bar for, carrying, chief of

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the ark;
הָאָרֹ֑ן (hā·’ā·rōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 727: A chest, ark

and he set
וַיִּתֵּ֧ן (way·yit·tên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

the mercy seat
הַכַּפֹּ֛רֶת (hak·kap·pō·reṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3727: Propitiatory

atop
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the ark.
הָאָרֹ֖ן (hā·’ā·rōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 727: A chest, ark
(20) He took and put the testimony into the ark.--By "the testimony" we must understand the two tables of stone, written with the finger of God, which Moses had brought down with him from the top of Sinai on his last visit (Exodus 34:29). On the use of the word "testimony" in this sense, see Note to Exodus 25:16. It is not proved by this passage that the Ark held nothing but "the testimony."

Set the staves on the ark--i.e., placed them in the rings, ready for use. (See Exodus 25:14.)

Verse 20. - The testimony - i.e., the two tables of stone containing the Ten Commandments (Exodus 25:16; Exodus 31:18). Set the staves on the ark. "Put the staves," that is, "into the rings, and left them there" (Exodus 25:14). Put the mercy seat above upon the ark. See Exodus 25:21. 40:16-33 When the tabernacle and the furniture of it were prepared, they did not put off rearing it till they came to Canaan; but, in obedience to the will of God, they set it up in the midst of their camp. Those who are unsettled in the world, must not think that this will excuse want of religion; as if it were enough to begin to serve God when they begin to be settled in the world. No; a tabernacle for God is very needful, even in a wilderness, especially as we may be in another world before we come to fix in this. And we may justly fear lest we should deceive ourselves with a form of godliness. The thought that so few entered Canaan, should warn young persons especially, not to put off the care of their souls.
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