At that time Solomon assembled at Jerusalem the elders of Israel-- all the tribal heads, the ancestral chiefs of the Israelites-- in order to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD up from the city of David, that is, Zion.
So all the men of Israel were assembled in the king's presence at the festival; this was in the seventh month.
All the elders of Israel came, and the Levites picked up the ark.
They brought up the ark, the tent of meeting, and the holy utensils that were in the tent. The priests and the Levites brought them up.
King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel who had gathered around him were in front of the ark sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered because there were so many.
The priests brought the ark of the LORD's covenant to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the temple, to the most holy place, beneath the wings of the cherubim.
And the cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark so that the cherubim formed a cover above the ark and its poles.
The poles were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary, but they were not seen from outside; they are there to this very day.
Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had put [in it] at Horeb,where the LORD had made a covenant with the Israelites when they came out of Egypt.