“Therefore, the priestly writers shrunk them and incorporated them as part of the cover (sometimes incorrectly translated as “mercy seat”) of the Ark (Ex. 25:18).  They further changed the direction the cherubîm faced by turning them inwards to face each other and the Ark itself.  Their wings were no longer outstretched for flight but now pointed inwards, covering the Ark.”

Charles River Editors, King Solomon and Temple of Solomon: The History of the Jewish King and His Temple
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