18 And make two cherubim(A) out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20 The cherubim(B) are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing(C) the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21 Place the cover on top of the ark(D) and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law(E) that I will give you. 22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim(F) that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet(G) with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.(H)

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So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim.(A) And Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

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He and all his men went to Baalah[a](A) in Judah to bring up from there the ark(B) of God, which is called by the Name,[b](C) the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned(D) between the cherubim(E) on the ark.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 6:2 That is, Kiriath Jearim (see 1 Chron. 13:6)
  2. 2 Samuel 6:2 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate do not have the Name.

11 He mounted the cherubim(A) and flew;
    he soared[a] on the wings of the wind.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 22:11 Many Hebrew manuscripts (see also Psalm 18:10); most Hebrew manuscripts appeared

27 He placed the cherubim(A) inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room.

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The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant(A) to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place,(B) and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.(C)

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15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim,(A) you alone(B) are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

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The cherubim(A) spread their wings over the place of the ark and covered the ark and its carrying poles.

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10 He mounted the cherubim(A) and flew;
    he soared(B) on the wings of the wind.(C)

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Psalm 80[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Lilies of the Covenant.” Of Asaph. A psalm.

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.(A)
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,(B)
    shine forth

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 80:1 In Hebrew texts 80:1-19 is numbered 80:2-20.

Psalm 99

The Lord reigns,(A)
    let the nations tremble;(B)
he sits enthroned(C) between the cherubim,(D)
    let the earth shake.

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16 Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned(A) between the cherubim,(B) you alone are God(C) over all the kingdoms(D) of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.(E)

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God’s Glory Departs From the Temple

10 I looked, and I saw the likeness of a throne(A) of lapis lazuli(B) above the vault(C) that was over the heads of the cherubim.(D)

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16 Through your widespread trade
    you were filled with violence,(A)
    and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
    and I expelled you, guardian cherub,(B)
    from among the fiery stones.

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