New American Standard Bible
"Then I said to them, 'What is the high place to which you go?' So its name is called Bamah to this day."'
King James Bible
Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
Darby Bible Translation
And I said unto them, What is the high place whither ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
World English Bible
Then I said to them, What does the high place where you go mean? So its name is called Bamah to this day.
Young's Literal Translation
And I say unto them: What is the high place whither ye are going in? And its name is called 'high place' to this day.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Bamah - The Hebrew word for "high place." Another instance of the perversion of God's laws. When the Israelites first entered Canaan they were to set up the "tabernacle" on a "high place," and upon this and upon no other they were to worship Yahweh (1 Samuel 9:12 ff; 1 Kings 3:4). But the Israelites followed the custom of the country, and set up idol-worship on every high hill, and the word "high place" ("Bannah," plural "Bamoth") became a by-word (compare "Bamoth-Baal," Joshua 13:17). "Bamoth" occurs on the Moabitic stone, which records the erection of high places in honor of Chemosh. The name "Bamah" was thus a brand of the divine displeasure, and a memorial of the people's guilt.
LibraryManner of Covenanting.
Previous to an examination of the manner of engaging in the exercise of Covenanting, the consideration of God's procedure towards his people while performing the service seems to claim regard. Of the manner in which the great Supreme as God acts, as well as of Himself, our knowledge is limited. Yet though even of the effects on creatures of His doings we know little, we have reason to rejoice that, in His word He has informed us, and in His providence illustrated by that word, he has given us to …
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting
Covenanting Sanctioned by the Divine Example.
that you built yourself a shrine and made yourself a high place in every square.
"When I had brought them into the land which I swore to give to them, then they saw every high hill and every leafy tree, and they offered there their sacrifices and there they presented the provocation of their offering. There also they made their soothing aroma and there they poured out their drink offerings.
"Therefore, say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your fathers and play the harlot after their detestable things?
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