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1 Kings 8:1-3 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Solomon Moves the Ark into the Temple

[a] Then Solomon convened in Jerusalem Israel’s elders, all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and families, so they could witness the transferal of the ark of the Lord’s covenant from the City of David (that is, Zion).[b] All the men of Israel assembled before King Solomon during the festival[c] in the month of Ethanim[d] (the seventh month). When all Israel’s elders had arrived, the priests lifted the ark.


  1. 1 Kings 8:1 tc The Old Greek translation includes the following words at the beginning of ch. 8: “It so happened that when Solomon finished building the Lord’s temple and his own house, after twenty years.”
  2. 1 Kings 8:1 tn Heb “Then Solomon convened the elders of Israel, the heads of the tribes, the chiefs of the fathers belonging to the sons of Israel to King Solomon [in] Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the City of David (it is Zion).”
  3. 1 Kings 8:2 sn The festival. This was the Feast of Tabernacles, see Lev 23:34.
  4. 1 Kings 8:2 sn The month Ethanim. This would be September-October in modern reckoning.
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