2 Chronicles 5)
1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lord was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; (= holy things. See Ex. 3:5) and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he in the treasuries of the house of God.
J P 5:2-13-. The feast. Q h 5:-13. The cloud. i 5:14. Inability to minister. R 6:1-11. Solomon's blessing. S 6:12,13. His station. R 6:14-42. Solomon's prayer. Q h 7:1. The fire. i 7:2,3. Inability to minister. P 7:4-10. The feast.
P j 2-5. The Ark brought up. k 6. Sacrifice. j 7-10. The Ark brought in. k 11-13-. Worship.
2 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, (cp. 1 Kings 8:1-11) and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the sons of Israel, to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark (see Ex. 25:22) of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.
3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. (i.e. the Feast of the Tabernacles [Lev. 23:33, &c.)
4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark. (These were the bearers, but the priests [being Levites also] brought it into the house [as stated in v.7 and 1 Kings 8:3]. Hence, in v.5 they are called "the priests and the Levites". See Deut. 17:9)
5 And they brought up the ark, and the tent of the congregation, and all the sanctuary vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
6 Also king Solomon, and all the convocation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
7 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord to his place, to the oracle (see 2 Sam. 16:23) of the house, into the Holy of Holies, even under the wings of the cherubims:
8 For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
9 And they drew out (cp. 1 Kings 8:8) the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without. And there it is to this day. (See Rev. 11:19)
10 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, (see 1 Kings 8:9) when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
11 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: (On this occasion all served; not "by course")
12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, (see 1 Chron. 16:41) with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, (i.e. facing west) and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)
13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, "For He is good; for His loving-kindness endures for ever:" (cp. Ezra 3:11)
that then the house was filled with a cloud of the glory of, even the house of the Lord; 14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.