Deuteronomy 10:5, Who could see the tablets?

Question: were the Israelites able to see the stones in the ark or only the Priest? Answer: Actually, in normal circumstances nobody was able to see the tablets in the ark. The ark had a lid on it, called the Mercy Seat (Exodus 25:17-22). The ark was not to be touched (remember Uzza in 2 Samuel 6:7?) and in 1 Samuel 6:19 50,000 men died for looking into the ark. -PJ