10 “Have the people make an Ark of acacia wood—a sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.[a]11 Overlay it inside and outside with pure gold, and run a molding of gold all around it.12 Cast four gold rings and attach them to its four feet, two rings on each side.13 Make poles from acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.14 Insert the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.15 These carrying poles must stay inside the rings; never remove them.16 When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,[b] which I will give to you.
17 “Then make the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—from pure gold. It must be 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.[c]18 Then make two cherubim from hammered gold, and place them on the two ends of the atonement cover.19 Mold the cherubim on each end of the atonement cover, making it all of one piece of gold.20 The cherubim will face each other and look down on the atonement cover. With their wings spread above it, they will protect it.21 Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you. Then put the atonement cover on top of the Ark.22 I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant.[d] From there I will give you my commands for the people of Israel.
25:16Hebrew Place inside the Ark the Testimony; similarly in 25:21. The Hebrew word for “testimony” refers to the terms of the Lord’s covenant with Israel as written on stone tablets, and also to the covenant itself.
25:17Hebrew 2.5 cubits [115 centimeters] long and 1.5 cubits [69 centimeters] wide.
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