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  1. (Judaism) sacred chest where the ancient Hebrews kept the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the Flood Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A chest, or coffer. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The oblong chest of acacia wood, overlaid with gold, which supported the mercy seat with its golden cherubs, and occupied the most sacred place in the sanctuary. In it Moses placed the two tables of stone containing the ten commandments. Called also the Ark of the Covenant. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The large, chestlike vessel in which Noah and his family were preserved during the Deluge. Gen. vi. Hence: Any place of refuge. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A large flatboat used on Western American rivers to transport produce to market. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A chest; the oblong box containing the tables of the Law, in the Jewish Tabernacle and Temple.-Exod. xxv., 1 Kings viii; the ship in which Noah and his family remained during the Deluge.-Gen. vi; hence, a place of safety or refuge. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A chest or coffer: a large floating vessel: a large, flat boat used on some of the western rivers of the United States, to transport merchandise. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A large floating vessel; a chest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Script. (1) The ship of Noah. (2) The chest containing the tables of the law. (3) The papyrus cradle of Moses. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Any sacred repository. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A flat-bottomed freight-boat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A depository; the sacred repository of the tables of the law, &c., among the Jews; the vessel in which Noah and his family were preserved during the deluge; the vessel which concealed the infant Moses; a large boat, used on American rivers to transport produce to market. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Among the anc. Jews, an oblong chest or case in which were deposited the two tables of the law, and over which was the mercy-seat; a chest; a vessel; the large ship that was a place of safety to Noah and his family at the Flood; a shelter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Noah's ark, a building of gopher-wood, and covered with pitch, 300 cubits long, 50 cubits broad, and 30 cubits high ( Genesis 6:14-16 ); an oblong floating house of three stories, with a door in the side and a window in the roof. It was 100 years in building ( Genesis 5:32 ; 7:6 ). It was intended to preserve certain persons and animals from the deluge which God was about to bring over the earth. It contained eight persons ( Genesis 7:13 ; 2 Pet. 2:5 ), and of all "clean" animals seven pairs, and of "unclean" one pair, and of birds seven pairs of each sort ( Genesis 7:2 Genesis 7:3 ). It was in the form of an oblong square, with flat bottom and sloping roof. Traditions of the Deluge, by which the race of man was swept from the earth, and of the ark of Noah have been found existing among all nations. The ark of bulrushes in which the infant Moses was laid ( Exodus 2:3 ) is called in the Hebrew teebah , a word derived from the Egyptian teb , meaning "a chest." It was daubed with slime and with pitch. The bulrushes of which it was made were the papyrus reed. The sacred ark is designated by a different Hebrew word, 'aron' , which is the common name for a chest or coffer used for any purpose ( Genesis 50:26 ; 2 Kings Genesis 12:9 Genesis 12:10 ). It is distinguished from all others by such titles as the "ark of God" ( 1 Samuel 3:3 ), "ark of the covenant" ( Joshua 3:6 ; Hebrews 9:4 ), "ark of the testimony" ( Exodus 25:22 ). It was made of acacia or shittim wood, a cubit and a half broad and high and two cubits long, and covered all over with the purest gold. Its upper surface or lid, the mercy-seat, was surrounded with a rim of gold; and on each of the two sides were two gold rings, in which were placed two gold-covered poles by which the ark could be carried ( Numbers 7:9 ; 10:21 ; Numbers 4:5 Numbers 4:19 Numbers 4:20 ; 1 Kings 8:3 1 Kings 8:6 ). Over the ark, at the two extremities, were two cherubim, with their faces turned toward each other ( Leviticus 16:2 ; Numbers 7:89 ). Their outspread wings over the top of the ark formed the throne of God, while the ark itself was his footstool ( Exodus 25:10-22 ; 37:1-9 ). The ark was deposited in the "holy of holies," and was so placed that one end of the poles by which it was carried touched the veil which separated the two apartments of the tabernacle ( 1 Kings 8:8 ). The two tables of stone which constituted the "testimony" or evidence of God's covenant with the people ( Deuteronomy 31:26 ), the "pot of manna" ( Exodus 16:33 ), and "Aaron's rod that budded" ( Numbers 17:10 ), were laid up in the ark ( Hebrews 9:4 ). (See TABERNACLE) The ark and the sanctuary were "the beauty of Israel" ( Lamentations 2:1 ). During the journeys of the Israelites the ark was carried by the priests in advance of the host ( Numbers 4:5 Numbers 4:6 ; 10:33-36 ; Psalms 68:1 ; 132:8 ). It was borne by the priests into the bed of the Jordan, which separated, opening a pathway for the whole of the host to pass over ( Joshua 3:15 Joshua 3:16 ; Joshua 4:7 Joshua 4:10 Joshua 4:11 Joshua 4:17 Joshua 4:18 ). It was borne in the procession round Jericho ( Joshua 6:4 Joshua 6:6 Joshua 6:8 Joshua 6:11 Joshua 6:12 ). When carried it was always wrapped in the veil, the badgers' skins, and blue cloth, and carefully concealed even from the eyes of the Levites who carried it. After the settlement of Israel in Palestine the ark remained in the tabernacle at Gilgal for a season, and was then removed to Shiloh till the time of Eli, between 300 and 400 years ( Jeremiah 7:12 ), when it was carried into the field of battle so as to secure, as they supposed, victory to the Hebrews, and was taken by the Philistines ( 1 Samuel 4:3-11 ), who sent it back after retaining it seven months ( 1 Samuel 5:7 1 Samuel 5:8 ). It remained then at Kirjath-jearim ( 1 Samuel 7:1 1 Samuel 7:2 ) till the time of David (twenty years), who wished to remove it to Jerusalem; but the proper mode of removing it having been neglected, Uzzah was smitten with death for putting "forth his hand to the ark of God," and in consequence of this it was left in the house of Obed-edom in Gath-rimmon for three months ( 2 Samuel 6:1-11 ), at the end of which time David removed it in a grand procession to Jerusalem, where it was kept till a place was prepared for it (12-19). It was afterwards deposited by Solomon in the temple ( 1 Kings 8:6-9 ). When the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and plundered the temple, the ark was probably taken away by Nebuchadnezzar and destroyed, as no trace of it is afterwards to be found. The absence of the ark from the second temple was one of the points in which it was inferior to the first temple. biblestudytools.com
  16. ärk, n. a chest or coffer: in Jewish history, the wooden coffer in which the Tables of the Law were kept--hence TO TOUCH or LAY HANDS ON THE ARK, to touch irreverently what is sacred (2 Sam. vi. 6): a large floating vessel, like that in which Noah escaped the Deluge (Gen. vi.-viii.).--adj. and n. ARK'ITE. [A.S. arc--L. arca, a chest--arc[=e]re, to guard.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Chest, box; A. of the Covenant, A. of Testimony, wooden coffer containing tables of Jewish law; covered floating vessel in which Noah was saved at the Deluge; Noah\'s a., toy ark with animals. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. A vessel of 250 tons burden, which Lord Baltimore provided in 1633 for his party of colonists for Maryland. The "Ark" sailed from Gravesend in October, 1633, accompanied by the "Dove," a small pinnace, and reached Point Comfort, Virginia, February 27, 1634. Dictionary of United States history
  19. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Gothic] A small close chest which contained the tables of the covenant among the Jews; –the vessel in which Noah and his family were preserved; –a large boat used on American rivers. Cabinet Dictionary
  20. A vessel to swim upon the water, usually applied to that in which Noah was preferred from the universal deluge; the repository of the covenant of God with the Jews. Complete Dictionary

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