I want to bring clarity to some verses I’ve recently read today, so I’ll be sharing my notes on these.

There was nothing in the ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.

1 Kings 8:9 (NIV)

My first thought when I read this verse was, What happened to the manna and Aaron’s staff that were there?

So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.”

Exodus 16:33 (NIV)

And the Lord said to Moses: “Place Aaron’s staff permanently before the Ark of the Covenant to serve as a warning to rebels. This should put an end to their complaints against me and prevent any further deaths.”

Numbers 17:10 (NLT)

Neither of these two verses says to put the manna or the staff into the Ark. They seem to indicate that these two things were with the Ark but not in it. However, Hebrews tells us, “Inside the ark were the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant” (Hebrews 9:4 NIV). Therefore, we know that these items were eventually put into the Ark but weren’t there when it was put into Solomon’s temple. While we aren’t told what happened to these things, we can surmise that they might have been removed by the Philistines when they captured the Ark in 1 Samuel 4-7.

King Solomon gave twenty towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar and juniper and gold he wanted. 12 But when Hiram went from Tyre to see the towns that Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them.

1 Kings 9:11-12 (NIV)

I’ve often wondered why Hiram didn’t like the twenty towns Solomon gave him. We have an answer of sorts from 2 Chronicles.

Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hiram had given him, and settled Israelites in them.

2 Chronicles 8:2 (NIV)

Although this verse says that Hiram gave cities to Solomon, in the NIV. We get a slightly different take on it from the Kings James Bible.

That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there.

2 Chronicles 8:2 (KJV)

The term “restored” here indicates that Hiram returned these cities to Solomon. In this case, we can presume that Hiram didn’t like the cities because they were run down and needed to be rebuilt. 

This is all I have for today. I pray this day finds you well. Thanks for stopping by!