Exodus 40:20
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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.

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:

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.

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;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And put the testimony into the ark - That is, the two tables on which the ten commandments had been written. See Exodus 25:16. The ark, the golden table with the shew-bread, the golden candlestick, and the golden altar of incense, were all in the tabernacle, within the veil or curtains, which served as a door, Exodus 40:22, Exodus 40:24, Exodus 40:26. And the altar of burnt-offering was by the door, Exodus 40:29. And the brazen laver, between the tent of the congregation and the brazen altar, Exodus 40:30; still farther outward, that it might be the first thing the priests met with when entering into the court to minister, as their hands and feet must be washed before they could perform any part of the holy service, Exodus 40:31, Exodus 40:32. When all these things were thus placed, then the court that surrounded the tabernacle, which consisted of posts and hangings, was set up, Exodus 40:33.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Exodus 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him on mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone...

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Matthew 3:15 And Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

mercy

Exodus 40:3 And you shall put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil.

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 has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood...

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

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:19-21 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus...

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Library
July 7. "And the Glory of the Lord Filled the Tabernacle" (Ex. Xl. 35).
"And the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle" (Ex. xl. 35). In the last chapter of Exodus we read all the Lord commanded Moses to do, and that as he fulfilled these commands the glory of the Lord descended and filled the tabernacle till there was no room for Moses, and from that time the pillar of cloud overshadowed them, their guide, their protection. And so we have been building as the Lord Himself commanded, and now the temple is to be handed over to Him to be possessed and filled. He will
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Exodus
The book of Exodus--so named in the Greek version from the march of Israel out of Egypt--opens upon a scene of oppression very different from the prosperity and triumph in which Genesis had closed. Israel is being cruelly crushed by the new dynasty which has arisen in Egypt (i.) and the story of the book is the story of her redemption. Ultimately it is Israel's God that is her redeemer, but He operates largely by human means; and the first step is the preparation of a deliverer, Moses, whose parentage,
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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

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 26:34
Put the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Place.

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

Deuteronomy 10:5
Then I came back down the mountain and put the tablets in the ark I had made, as the LORD commanded me, and they are there now.

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