1 Kings 12:30
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New International Version
And this thing became a sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.

New Living Translation
But this became a great sin, for the people worshiped the idols, traveling as far north as Dan to worship the one there.

English Standard Version
Then this thing became a sin, for the people went as far as Dan to be before one.

New American Standard Bible
Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.

King James Bible
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This led to sin; the people walked in procession before one of the calves all the way to Dan.

International Standard Version
Doing this was sinful, because the people traveled as far as Dan to appear before one of their idols.

NET Bible
This caused Israel to sin; the people went to Bethel and Dan to worship the calves.

New Heart English Bible
Then this thing became a sin, for the people went before the one at Bethel and before the one as far as Dan.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Worshiping them became [Israel's] sin. The people went as far as Dan to worship the one calf.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this thing became a sin; for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

New American Standard 1977
Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this became an occasion for sin, for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

King James 2000 Bible
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

American King James Version
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even to Dan.

American Standard Version
And this thing became a sin; for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this thing became an occasion of sin: for the people went to adore the calf as far as Dan.

Darby Bible Translation
And this thing became a sin; and the people went [to worship] before the one, as far as Dan.

English Revised Version
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even to Dan.

World English Bible
This thing became a sin; for the people went [to worship] before the one, even to Dan.

Young's Literal Translation
and this thing becometh a sin, and the people go before the one -- unto Dan.
Study Bible
Jeroboam's Idolatry
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. 31And he made houses on high places, and made priests from among all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.…
Cross References
1 Kings 13:34
This event became sin to the house of Jeroboam, even to blot it out and destroy it from off the face of the earth.

1 Kings 14:16
"He will give up Israel on account of the sins of Jeroboam, which he committed and with which he made Israel to sin."

1 Kings 21:22
and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and because you have made Israel sin.

2 Kings 17:21
When He had torn Israel from the house of David, they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then Jeroboam drove Israel away from following the LORD and made them commit a great sin.

Isaiah 31:7
For in that day every man will cast away his silver idols and his gold idols, which your sinful hands have made for you as a sin.
Treasury of Scripture

And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even to Dan.

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1 Kings 13:34 And this thing became sin to the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it …

2 Kings 10:31 But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel …

2 Kings 17:21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam …

(30) Even unto Dan.--It has been thought that there is here a corruption of the text, and that words referring to Bethel have fallen out. But there is no sign of such variation in the LXX. (which only adds, in some MSS., "and deserted the house of the Lord") or other versions. The reason of the mention of Dan only is probably that there the old sanctuary remained, and the priesthood was ready: hence, in this case, "the people went to worship" at once. The verses which follow describe the erection of a temple and the creation of a priesthood at Bethel, necessary before the inauguration of the new worship at what naturally became the more prominent and magnificent sanctuary. This temple is called a "house of high places," partly perhaps from its actual position, partly to connect it with the use of "the high places" condemned in the Law. Indeed, as we have no notice of any time spent in building it, it is possible that some old "high place" was restored for the purpose.

Verse 30. - And this thing became a sin [It was in itself sinful, for it both set at nought the express prohibition of the Decalogue (Exodus 20:4), and also disregarded the one sanctuary of God's choice (Deuteronomy 12:5). And it led to other sins, e.g., the intrusion of a schismatic and irregular priesthood, and the performance of unauthorized rites, and to "an ever-deepening corruption of the national faith" (Ewald). Cf. Hosea 8:5; Hosea 13:2. But the meaning is, it became an occasion of sin to the people ("Quod fuit postea causa gravissimi peccati" - Vatab.) Jeroboam "made Israel to sin" (1 Kings 14:16; 1 Kings 15:26, etc.) It is difficult to conceive, in the face of these and similar words, how any one can seriously maintain that "the church of Israel was the national church" (Stanley, 2:264) ]: for the people went to worship before the one even unto Dan. [The people frequented both sanctuaries; why, then, is that at Dan especially mentioned? Some (Rawlinson, e.g.) have suggested that the text is here corrupt, and that we should read, "before the one to Bethel, and before the other to Dan." According to others, "the one" (הָאֶחַד) refers to the double הָאֶחַד ("the one," "the other"); cf. ver. 29. They would interpret, that is, "the people went to both, even to the distant Dan" (Bahr, Thenius). Keil would force the text and understand, "the people, even unto Dan," i.e., the people throughout the whole kingdom. Similarly, Wordsworth. Ewald understands "before the one" to mean כְּזֶחַד i.e., "as one," sc. man. On the whole it is better to take the words as they stand, literally. It is quite conceivable that, at first, the people resorted almost exclusively to the Danite sanctuary. Having been for long years a seat of worship, and having probably its "house of high places," or temple (see below), already built, it would naturally be in a position to receive worshippers some time before Bethel was prepared for that purpose. Jeroboam's offering in person at Bethel (ver. 32) which marks the inauguration of his new ritual there, may have been partly designed to attract worshippers to a shrine, which, as being nearer Jerusalem, or for some other reason, was neglected. But the verse is patient of another interpretation. It may intend to convey that the rebellious tribes, in their defiant disregard of the old order of things, the order now represented by a hostile kingdom, went en masse to the opposite point of the compass, even to the unhallowed and hitherto despised sanctuary of the Danites. The LXX. (Vat.) addition here is noticeable, "And they forsook the house of the Lord."] And this thing became a sin,.... The cause and occasion of the sin of idolatry; it led them by degrees to leave off the worship of God, and to worship these calves as gods:

for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan; which was the furthest off, such was their great zeal for idolatrous worship; or they went thither before that at Bethel was set up; and even they at Bethel would go as far as Dan to worship, such was their veneration for both the calves. Abarbinel is of opinion that these calves were not made by Jeroboam for idolatrous uses, only the altar later mentioned; and that he never worshipped before them, nor sacrificed to them, nor even built the altar before them; but that these were set up as signs, and in memory of his kingdom, like the pillars in Solomon's temple; that he chose the calf or ox as emblems of his family, the family of Joseph, Deuteronomy 33:17 two to represent Ephraim and Manasseh; golden ones, to denote the majesty and perpetuity of his kingdom; and he set these, the one at Bethel, at the entrance of it, and the other at Dan, at the further borders of it; and that he did not call those gods, but the only true God, as he that brought Israel out of Egypt; only signified by that expression, that he was everywhere, there as well as at Jerusalem; but that the Israelites, who were taken with sensible objects, on visiting these out of curiosity, it became a snare to them, and they fell into the worship of them; just as Gideon's ephod, and Moses' brasen serpent, were unto them. 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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