It was preserved in the tabernacle and, according to Paul (see Heb. 94), it was kept in the Ark, beside the two tablets of stone and the pot of manna. There is no mention of any other receptacle. The statement in I Kings 8:9 implies that by Solomon's time these relics had disappeared. It is possible, however, for a different interpretation to be placed on Deut 31:26, which may mean that the rod was kept beside the Ark, and not within it.