At that time the LORD said unto me,
Hew yourself two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make an ark of wood.
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George Leo Haydock
Wood. Moses had received this injunction, before he ascended the mount the second time, Exodus xxv. 10. But he executed it only after he had received the second tables of the law, Exodus xxxvii. 1. (Menochius)
Some pretend that the made an ark of setim-wood, to contain the tables, till Beseleel should have completed his, which was covered with gold, and inclosed the former. (Drusius)
But this seems unnecessary. (Calmet)