1 Kings 12:29
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New International Version
One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.

New Living Translation
He placed these calf idols in Bethel and in Dan--at either end of his kingdom.

English Standard Version
And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

New American Standard Bible
He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

King James Bible
And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He set up one in Bethel, and put the other in Dan.

International Standard Version
He set one of them in Bethel and placed the other one in Dan.

NET Bible
He put one in Bethel and the other in Dan.

New Heart English Bible
He set the one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He put one in Bethel and the other in Dan.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan.

New American Standard 1977
And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he set the one in Bethel and the other he put in Dan.

King James 2000 Bible
And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan.

American King James Version
And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

American Standard Version
And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he set the one in Bethel, and the other in Dan:

Darby Bible Translation
And he set the one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

English Revised Version
And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other he placed in Dan.

World English Bible
He set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

Young's Literal Translation
And he setteth the one in Beth-El, and the other he hath put in Dan,
Study Bible
Jeroboam's Idolatry
28So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt." 29He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. 30Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.…
Cross References
Genesis 28:19
He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.

Judges 18:26
So the sons of Dan went on their way; and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.

1 Kings 15:20
So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah and all Chinneroth, besides all the land of Naphtali.

2 Kings 2:2
Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here please, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel." But Elisha said, "As the LORD lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel.

2 Kings 10:29
However, as for the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin, from these Jehu did not depart, even the golden calves that were at Bethel and that were at Dan.

Jeremiah 48:13
"And Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.

Hosea 10:5
The inhabitants of Samaria will fear For the calf of Beth-aven. Indeed, its people will mourn for it, And its idolatrous priests will cry out over it, Over its glory, since it has departed from it.

Amos 5:5
"But do not resort to Bethel And do not come to Gilgal, Nor cross over to Beersheba; For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity And Bethel will come to trouble.

Amos 7:13
"But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal residence."

Amos 8:14
"As for those who swear by the guilt of Samaria, Who say, 'As your god lives, O Dan,' And, 'As the way of Beersheba lives,' They will fall and not rise again."
Treasury of Scripture

And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

Beth-el

Genesis 12:8 And he removed from there to a mountain on the east of Bethel, and …

Genesis 28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that …

Genesis 35:1 And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and …

Hosea 4:15 Though you, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and …

Dan

Genesis 14:14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed …

Deuteronomy 34:1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to the mountain of Nebo, …

Judges 18:29-31 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their …

Judges 20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was …

2 Kings 10:29 However, from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel …

Jeremiah 8:16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled …

Amos 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Your god, O Dan, …

(29) Bethel and Dan, chosen as the frontier towns of the kingdom, had, however, associations of their own, which lent themselves naturally to Jeroboam's design. Bethel--preserving in its name the memory of Jacob's vision, and of his consecration of the place as a sanctuary (Genesis 28:19; Genesis 35:14-15)--had been (see Judges 20:18; Judges 20:26; Judges 20:31; Judges 21:2; 1Samuel 7:16) a place of religious assembly, and, possibly, of occasional sojourn of the Ark. At Dan, it is not unlikely that the use of the local sanctuary, set up at the conquest of the city by the Danites, still lingered; and from the notice in Judges 18:30, that the posterity of Jonathan, the grandson of Moses, were priests till "the day of the captivity of the land," it seems as if these priests of this old worship became naturally the appointed ministers of the new.

Verse 29. - And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Daniel [Two considerations seem to have influenced Jeroboam in his choice of these sites. First, both these places were in some sort sanctuaries already. Bethel was already a makom, or holy place, in the days of Abraham; was consecrated by the visions and altar of Jacob (Genesis 28:11-19; Genesis 31:13; Genesis 35:1, 7, 15), and by the ark having been there (Judges 20:26-28, Hebrews; cf. Jos., Ant., 5:02.10). And though Dan (Joshua 19:47; Judges 18:29; Judges 20:1) can hardly have had as sacred a character as the "house of God and the gate of heaven" (Genesis 28:17) had, still it had its shrine and its schismatic priesthood. A grandson of Moses (Judges 18:13, true reading) had ministered there, and his sons were the priests of Dan still. Secondly, these localities would suit the convenience of his subjects, being respectively at the southern and northern extremities of the kingdom. And this, no doubt, was one reason why Dan was chosen in preference to other places, such as Shiloh, which, though more sacred, were less conveniently situated. A sanctuary at Dan would save the northern tribes many tedious journeys. It should be remarked that Bethel properly belonged to Benjamin (Joshua 18:13, 22), though it was also on the border of Ephraim; and it has been suggested that it was Jeroboam's selection of this place as a seat of the calf worship decided the tribe of Benjamin to follow the lead of Judah. But the narrative seems to imply that their choice had been made at an earlier period (ver. 21), and the city would seem to have been long in the possession of the house of Joseph (Judges 1:22). It is now known as Beitin, and is one of the most naked and dreary spots in Palestine. "The place seems, as it were, turned to stone; and we can well imagine that the patriarch found nothing softer than a stone for his pillow." Conder, p. 252, who suggests that from the time of Abraham Bethel was a מָקום, a sacred place merely (Genesis 28:11), and distinct from the adjoining city of Luz (ver. 19).] And he set the one in Bethel,.... In the southern part of the land, on the border of Ephraim and Benjamin; and the rather he chose this place, because its name signifies the house of God, and had been a sacred place, where Jacob more than once enjoyed the divine Presence:

and the other put he in Dan: in the northern part of the land, for the convenience of the inhabitants of those parts; and the rather, since it had been a place resorted to in former times, because of the teraphim of Micah there. 12:25-33 Jeroboam distrusted the providence of God; he would contrive ways and means, and sinful ones too, for his own safety. A practical disbelief of God's all-sufficiency is at the bottom of all our departures from him. Though it is probable he meant his worship for Jehovah the God of Israel, it was contrary to the Divine law, and dishonourable to the Divine majesty to be thus represented. The people might be less shocked at worshipping the God of Israel under an image, than if they had at once been asked to worship Baal; but it made way for that idolatry. Blessed Lord, give us grace to reverence thy temple, thine ordinances, thine house of prayer, thy sabbaths, and never more, like Jeroboam, to set up in our hearts any idol of abomination. Be thou to us every thing precious; do thou reign and rule in our hearts, the hope of glory.
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