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30 This caused Israel to sin;[a] the people went to Bethel and Dan to worship the calves.[b]

31 He built temples[c] on the high places and appointed as priests common people who were not Levites. 32 Jeroboam inaugurated a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month,[d] like the festival celebrated in Judah.[e] On the altar in Bethel he offered sacrifices to the calves he had made.[f] In Bethel he also appointed priests for the high places he had made.

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  1. 1 Kings 12:30 tn Heb “and this thing became a sin.”
  2. 1 Kings 12:30 tc The MT reads “and the people went before the one to Dan.” It is likely that some words have been accidentally omitted and that the text originally said, “and the people went before the one at Bethel and before the one at Dan.”
  3. 1 Kings 12:31 tn The Hebrew text has the singular, but the plural is preferable here (see 1 Kgs 13:32). The Old Greek translation and the Vulgate have the plural.
  4. 1 Kings 12:32 sn The eighth month would correspond to October-November in modern reckoning.
  5. 1 Kings 12:32 sn The festival celebrated in Judah probably refers to the Feast of Tabernacles (i.e., Booths or Temporary Shelters), held in the seventh month (September-October). See also 1 Kgs 8:2.
  6. 1 Kings 12:32 tn Heb “and he offered up [sacrifices] on the altar; he did this in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made.”

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