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And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the LORD, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the LORD your God, and his people Israel,

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

35:3 ark in the house. Amazingly enough, the ark of the covenant, in which the Mosaic writings and those of Joshua had been placed, had been taken out of the holy place probably in order for Manasseh to place a carved image there (II Chronicles 33:7). Apparently it had been kept hidden by faithful priests during the intervening years.

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