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On top of the chest were the glorious creatures with wings[a] opened out above the place of mercy.[b]

Now isn’t the time to go into detail about these things. But this is how everything was when the priests went each day into the first part of the tent to do their duties. However, only the high priest could go into the second part of the tent, and he went in only once a year. Each time he carried blood to offer for his sins and for any sins that the people had committed without meaning to.

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Footnotes

  1. 9.5 glorious creatures with wings: Two of these creatures (called “cherubim” in Hebrew and Greek) with outspread wings were on top of the sacred chest and were symbols of God’s throne.
  2. 9.5 place of mercy: The lid of the sacred chest, which was thought to be God’s throne on earth.

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