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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 5

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Dedication of the Temple. 1 h 1–14: 1 Kgs 7, 51–8, 13 . When all the work undertaken by Solomon for the temple of the LORD had been completed, he brought in the dedicated offerings of his father David, putting the silver, the gold and all the other articles in the treasuries of the house of God. 2At Solomon's order the elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes, the princes of the Israelite ancestral houses, came to Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant from the City of David (which is Zion). 3All the men of Israel assembled before the king during the festival of the seventh month. 4 i 4f: 2 Chr 35, 3 . When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites* took up the ark, 5and they carried the ark and the meeting tent with all the sacred vessels that were in the tent; it was the levitical priests who carried them.

6King Solomon and the entire community of Israel gathered about him before the ark were sacrificing sheep and oxen so numerous that they could not be counted or numbered. 7The priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place beneath the wings of the cherubim in the sanctuary, the holy of holies of the temple. 8The cherubim had their wings spread out over the place of the ark, sheltering the ark and its poles from above. 9The poles were long enough so that their ends could be seen from that part of the holy place nearest the sanctuary; however, they could not be seen beyond. The ark has remained there to this day.* 10There was nothing in it but the two tablets which Moses put there on Horeb, the tablets of the covenant which the LORD made with the Israelites at their departure from Egypt.

11When the priests came out of the holy place (all the priests who were present had purified themselves without reference to the rotation of their various classes), 12the Levites who were singers, all who belonged to Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and brothers, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, stood east of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets.

13When the trumpeters and singers were heard as a single voice praising and giving thanks to the LORD, and when they raised the sound of the trumpets, cymbals and other musical instruments to “give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever,” the building of the LORD’s temple was filled with a cloud. 14The priests could not continue to minister because of the cloud, since the LORD’s glory filled the house of God. j 2 Chr 7, 2; 1 Kgs 8, 10f .

Notes:

h: 1–14: 1 Kgs 7, 51–8, 13 .

i: 4f: 2 Chr 35, 3 .

j: 2 Chr 7, 2; 1 Kgs 8, 10f .

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