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And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

37:6 made the mercy seat. Exodus 37:1-5 shows that the divine instructions for building the Ark of the Covenant, as given in Exodus 25:10-14, were being carefully followed by Bezaleel. Similarly the instructions for the mercy seat and the cherubim, given in Exodus 25:17-20 are being carried out in Exodus 37:6-9. However, Bezaleel could not place the “testimony”–that is the two stone tablets of the law–into the ark, as God had instructed Moses in Exodus 25:15-16,21-22. Moses must do that himself (Exodus 40:20).

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