and Yahweh said to Moses, “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time he pleases into the Holy of Holies inside the curtain before the mercy seat that is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. Bible see other translations

“Holy Place.” This holy place behind the inner veil of the Temple is often called “the Holy of Holies,” (cp. Exod. 26:33).

“appear in the cloud.” The bright glory that surrounds God was often described as a cloud. See commentary on Ezekiel 1:28.

[Leviticus 16 is about the Day of Atonement. For more information and a more complete list of the feasts and sabbaths in Israel, see commentary on Leviticus 23:2.]

Commentary for: Leviticus 16:2