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30 This sin took hold, and the people traveled as far as Dan to worship. 31 Jeroboam also made shrines[a] on the high places,[b] and he appointed priests from all kinds of people, even though they were not Levites. 32 Jeroboam instituted a festival in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like the festival[c] that is held in Judah. He offered sacrifices on the altar. He did this in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. He appointed priests in Bethel for the high places he had made.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 12:31 Literally houses
  2. 1 Kings 12:31 A high place is a shrine smaller than a temple. High places were often open-air shrines, located near the city gate or on a nearby hill.
  3. 1 Kings 12:32 That is, the Festival of Shelters (traditionally Tabernacles)

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