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And it came to pass, from the day that the ark stayed in Kiriath-jearim, that a long time passed, for it was twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after Yahweh. Bible

“Kiriath-jearim.” It is interesting that the ark stayed in Kiriath-jearim for so long since that city was one of the Gibeonite cities (Josh. 9:17).

“that a long time passed.” The Hebrew is literally, “the days multiplied.”

“For it was 20 years.” The ark was in Kireath-jearim more than 20 years, but 20 years for Israel to lament and repent until Samuel spoke, then it stayed there longer until the time of David.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 7:2