5 1Finally all the work Solomon did for the Temple of the Lord was finished. He brought in everything his father David had set apart for the Temple— all the silver and gold and other articles. And he put everything in the treasuries of God’s Temple. The Ark Is Brought into the Temple 2Solomon called for the older leaders of Israel, the heads of the tribes, and the leaders of the families to come to him in Jerusalem. He wanted them to bring the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord from the older part of the city. 3So all the Israelites came together with the king during the festival in the seventh month. 4When all the older leaders of Israel arrived, the Levites lifted up the Ark. 5They carried the Ark of the Agreement, the Meeting Tent, and the holy utensils in it; the priests and the Levites brought them up. 6King Solomon and all the Israelites gathered before the Ark of the Agreement and sacrificed so many sheep and bulls no one could count them. 7Then the priests put the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord in its place inside the Most Holy Place in the Temple, under the wings of the golden creatures. 8The wings of these creatures were spread out over the place for the Ark, covering it and its carrying poles. 9The carrying poles were so long that anyone standing in the Holy Place in front of the Most Holy Place could see the ends of the poles. But no one could see them from outside the Holy Place. The poles are still there today. 10The only things inside the Ark were two stone tablets[B] that Moses had put in the Ark at Mount Sinai. That was where the Lord made his agreement with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt. 11Then all the priests left the Holy Place. (All the priests from each group had made themselves ready to serve the Lord.) 12All the Levite musicians— Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and relatives— stood on the east side of the altar. They were dressed in white linen and played cymbals, harps, and lyres. With them were one hundred twenty priests who blew trumpets. 13Those who blew the trumpets and those who sang together sounded like one person as they praised and thanked the Lord. They sang as others played their trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments. They praised the Lord with this song: “He is good; his love continues forever.” Then the Temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud. 14The priests could not continue their work because of the cloud, because the Lord’s glory filled the Temple of God.
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