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30 This was of course a great sin, for the people worshiped them. 31 He also made shrines on the hills and ordained priests from the rank and file of the people—even those who were not from the priestly tribe of Levi. 32-33 Jeroboam also announced that the annual Tabernacle Festival would be held at Bethel on the first of November[a] (a date he decided upon himself), similar to the annual festival at Jerusalem; he himself offered sacrifices upon the altar to the calves at Bethel and burned incense to them. And it was there at Bethel that he ordained priests for the shrines on the hills.

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  1. 1 Kings 12:32 on the first of November, literally, “on the fifteenth day of the eighth month” (of the Hebrew calendar). This was a month later than the annual celebration in Jerusalem, which God had ordained.

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