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So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

5:14 glory of the LORD. With the coming of the shekinah glory, God thus showed His acceptance of the temple as His symbolic dwelling place, just as He had the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 40:34). As the glory once departed when the ark was taken from the tabernacle by the Philistines (I Samuel 4:22), so it later also departed when Solomon’s temple was plundered and the people taken away to Babylon (II Chronicles 36:17-20; Ezekiel 10:18; 11:23). The glory returned for a time when “the Word was made flesh, and [tabernacled] among us, (and we beheld His glory,...),” at least in a spiritual sense (John 1:14). It will be present forever in the heavenly temple, the new Jerusalem, when it comes to earth, “having the glory of God” (Revelation 21:11).

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