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Exodus 40:20

    Exodus 40:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

    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:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he took the law and put it inside the ark, and put the rods at its side and the cover over it;

    Webster's Revision

    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:

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    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:

    Definitions for Exodus 40:20

    Ark - Box; chest.
    Staves - Rods; clubs.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 40:20

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 40:20

    The testimony - i. e. the tables of stone with the Ten Commandments engraved on them Exodus 25:16; Exodus 31:18. Nothing else is said to have been put into the ark. These were found there by themselves in the time of Solomon 1 Kings 8:9; 2 Chronicles 5:10. The pot of manna was "laid up before the testimony" Exodus 16:34; Aaron's rod was also placed "before the testimony" Numbers 17:10; and the book of the law was put at "the side of the ark" Deuteronomy 31:26. The expression "before the testimony" appears to mean the space immediately in front of the ark. Most interpreters hold that the pot of manna and Aaron's rod were at first placed between the ark and the veil, and afterward within the ark Hebrews 9:4. It is very probable that the pot and the rod had been put into the ark before it was taken by the Philistines, but that they were not sent back with the ark and the tables. 1 Samuel 4:11; 1 Samuel 6:11.