I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered, and you shall put them in the ark.’
You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.
Then he took the testimony and put it into the ark, and attached the poles to the ark, and put the mercy seat on top of the ark.
So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, as the Lord commanded me.”
There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant;