1 Kings 12:31
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English Standard Version
He also made temples on high places and appointed priests from among all the people, who were not of the Levites.

King James Bible
And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

American Standard Version
And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of Levi.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he made temples in the high places, and priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.

English Revised Version
And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he made a house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.

1 Kings 12:31 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Founding of the Kingdom of Israel. - 1 Kings 12:25. When Jeroboam had become king, it was his first care to give a firmer basis to his sovereignty by the fortification of Sichem and Pnuel. בּנח, to build, is used here in the sense of fortifying, because both cities had stood for a long time, and nothing is known of their having been destroyed under either Solomon or David, although the tower of Sichem had been burnt down by Abimelech (Judges 9:49), and the tower of Pnuel had been destroyed by Gideon (Judges 8:17). Sichem, a place well known from the time of Abraham downwards (Genesis 12:6), was situated upon the mountains of Ephraim, between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, and still exists under the name of Nabulus or Nabls, a name corrupted from Flavia Neapolis. Jeroboam dwelt therein, i.e., he chose it at first as his residence, though he afterwards resided in Thirza (see 1 Kings 14:17). Pnuel was situated, according to Genesis 32:31, on the other side of the Jordan, on the northern bank of the Jabbok (not the southern side, as Thenius supposes); and judging from Genesis 32:22. and Judges 8:8., it was on the caravan road, which led through Gilead to Damascus, and thence past Palmyra and along the Euphrates to Mesopotamia. It was probably on account of its situation that Jeroboam fortified it, to defend his sovereignty over Gilead against hostile attacks from the north-east and east.

1 Kings 12:31 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

an house

1 Kings 13:24,32 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcass was cast in the way, and the donkey stood by it...

Deuteronomy 24:15 At his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down on it; for he is poor, and sets his heart on it...

Ezekiel 16:25 You have built your high place at every head of the way, and have made your beauty to be abhorred...

Hosea 12:11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yes...

priests

1 Kings 13:33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places...

Numbers 3:10 And you shall appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office...

2 Kings 17:32 So they feared the LORD, and made to themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places...

2 Chronicles 11:14,15 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem...

2 Chronicles 13:9 Have you not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites...

Ezekiel 44:6-8 And you shall say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord GOD; O you house of Israel...

Cross References
1 Kings 13:32
For the saying that he called out by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel and against all the houses of the high places that are in the cities of Samaria shall surely come to pass."

1 Kings 13:33
After this thing Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but made priests for the high places again from among all the people. Any who would, he ordained to be priests of the high places.

2 Kings 17:29
But every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the shrines of the high places that the Samaritans had made, every nation in the cities in which they lived.

2 Kings 17:32
They also feared the LORD and appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the shrines of the high places.

2 Chronicles 11:15
and he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat idols and for the calves that he had made.

2 Chronicles 13:9
Have you not driven out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made priests for yourselves like the peoples of other lands? Whoever comes for ordination with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are not gods.

Amos 7:10
Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words.

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