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mercy seat

noun
1.
Bible.
  1. the gold covering on the ark of the covenant, regarded as the resting place of God. Ex. 25:17–22.
  2. the throne of God.
2.
South Midland and Southern U.S. mourner's bench.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30
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British Dictionary definitions for mercy-seat

mercy seat

noun
1.
(Old Testament) the gold platform covering the Ark of the Covenant and regarded as the throne of God where he accepted sacrifices and gave commandments (Exodus 25:17, 22)
2.
(Christianity) the throne of God
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mercy-seat in the Bible

(Heb. kapporeth, a "covering;" LXX. and N.T., hilasterion; Vulg., propitiatorium), the covering or lid of the ark of the covenant (q.v.). It was of acacia wood, overlaid with gold, or perhaps rather a plate of solid gold, 2 1/2 cubits long and 1 1/2 broad (Ex. 25:17; 30:6; 31:7). It is compared to the throne of grace (Heb. 9:5; Eph. 2:6). The holy of holies is called the "place of the mercy-seat" (1 Chr. 28:11: Lev. 16:2). It has been conjectured that the censer (thumiaterion, meaning "anything having regard to or employed in the burning of incense") mentioned in Heb. 9:4 was the "mercy-seat," at which the incense was burned by the high priest on the great day of atonement, and upon or toward which the blood of the goat was sprinkled (Lev. 16:11-16; comp. Num. 7:89 and Ex. 25:22).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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