1 Kings 14:23
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New International Version
They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.

New Living Translation
For they also built for themselves pagan shrines and set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.

English Standard Version
For they also built for themselves high places and pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,

New American Standard Bible
For they also built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree.

King James Bible
For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree;

International Standard Version
They erected high places, sacred pillars, and Asherim for themselves on every high hill and under every green tree.

NET Bible
They even built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.

New Heart English Bible
For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every green tree;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They built worship sites for themselves and [put up] large stones and Asherah poles to worship on every high hill and under every large tree.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every leafy tree;

New American Standard 1977
For they also built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they also built themselves high places and statues, and groves on every high hill and under every green tree.

King James 2000 Bible
For they also built them high places, and images, and idol poles, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

American King James Version
For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

American Standard Version
For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every green tree;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they also built them altars, and statues, and groves upon every high hill and under every green tree:

Darby Bible Translation
And they also built for themselves high places, and columns, and Asherahs on every high hill and under every green tree;

English Revised Version
For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every green tree;

Webster's Bible Translation
For they also built for themselves high places, and images and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

World English Bible
For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every green tree;

Young's Literal Translation
And they build -- also they -- for themselves high places, and standing-pillars, and shrines, on every high height, and under every green tree;
Study Bible
Rehoboam's Wicked Reign in Judah
22Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy more than all that their fathers had done, with the sins which they committed. 23For they also built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree. 24There were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:13
"But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim

Deuteronomy 12:2
"You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.

Deuteronomy 16:22
"You shall not set up for yourself a sacred pillar which the LORD your God hates.

1 Kings 14:15
"For the LORD will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the LORD to anger.

1 Kings 15:12
He also put away the male cult prostitutes from the land and removed all the idols which his fathers had made.

1 Kings 20:23
Now the servants of the king of Aram said to him, "Their gods are gods of the mountains, therefore they were stronger than we; but rather let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.

2 Kings 10:26
They brought out the sacred pillars of the house of Baal and burned them.

2 Kings 17:10
They set for themselves sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,

2 Kings 17:16
They forsook all the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven and served Baal.

2 Kings 17:19
Also Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the customs which Israel had introduced.
Treasury of Scripture

For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

built

1 Kings 3:2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house …

Deuteronomy 12:2 You shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which …

Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the …

Ezekiel 16:24,25 That you have also built to you an eminent place, and have made you …

Ezekiel 20:28,29 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted …

images. or, standing images, or statues

Leviticus 26:1 You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither raise you up …

groves

Micah 5:14 And I will pluck up your groves out of the middle of you: so will …

Deuteronomy 12:2 You shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which …

2 Kings 17:9,10 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not …

2 Kings 21:3-7 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had …

2 Chronicles 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the …

Jeremiah 17:2 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the …

under every

Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the …

Jeremiah 3:13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against …

(23) High places, and images, and groves.--On the "high places," see 1Kings 3:2, and Note there. The "images" of this passage seem undoubtedly to have been stone pillars, as the "groves" (i.e., the asherahs) were wooden stumps of trees (possibly in both cases surmounted by some rude representation of the deity worshipped). The first mention of such a pillar is in Genesis 28:18; Genesis 31:13; Genesis 35:14, there applied to the stone which Jacob raises and anoints, in order to mark the scene of the vision at Bethel; next, we find repeated commands to destroy them (with the asherahs also) as erected by the Canaanites (Exodus 23:24; Exodus 34:13; Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 7:5; Deuteronomy 12:3), and to suffer neither near the altar of the Lord (Deuteronomy 16:21). Like the high places, it seems plain that both might be either unauthorised emblems of God's presence or images of false gods; and, indeed, the stone pillar appears in some cases to be associated with the worship of Baal, as the Asherah with that of Ashtoreth. In this passage, from the strength of the language used, and from the notice in 1Kings 14:24, it seems that the grosser idolatry is referred to. It was practised "on every high hill, and every shady tree"--such trees as were notable for size and shade in the bareness of the hills of Palestine.

Verse 23. - For they also [i.e., they as well as the ten tribes] built them high places [i.e., houses of high places. See on 1 Kings 3:2 and 1 Kings 13:32] and images [Heb. pillars or statues (מַצֵּבות; LXX., στήλας). These were, no doubt, originally memorial pillars or stones, erected to commemorate some Divine manifestation, and with no thought of idolatry (see Genesis 31:13; Genesis 35:14, 20; Genesis 28:18). But the Canaanites erected pillars, which were also statues or images, to their god, Baal. Hence we read of the "image" (מַצֵּבָה) of Baal (2 Kings 3:2; 2 Kings 10:26, 27; cf. 18:4; 23. 14); and hence also we find such images frequently mentioned side by side with the so-called "groves," i.e., the "Asherahs" (ver. 15; Exodus 34:13; Deuteronomy 7:5; Deuteronomy 12:3; Deuteronomy 16:21, etc.) Both the Mazzebah and the Asherah, consequently, was an upright pillar or post, but the former was of stone, the latter of wood; the former dedicated to Baal, the god of nature, of generation; the latter to Ashtoreth, the goddess of nature and productive power. The gradual transition of the memorial pillar into the Baal statue is hinted at in Leviticus 26:1. It is observable that these idolatrous and immoral rites seem to have found a home in Judah before they were introduced into Israel] and groves [Asherahs, idols; see on ver. 15. This verse proves conclusively that the translation "grove" is a mistaken one] on every high hill, and under every green tree. [The phrase is from the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy 12:2; cf. Jeremiah 2:20; Jeremiah 3:6; Hosea 4:13. "Probably the evil example of Maachah, his favourite wife (2 Chronicles 11:20-22), whose idolatrous tastes were displayed under Asa (2 Chronicles 15:16), was not without a pernicious effect on Rehoboam" (Wordsworth).] For they also built them high places,.... Which, though allowed of, or at least connived at, before the temple was built, and when the tabernacle was unfixed, yet afterwards unlawful; and the tribe of Judah could have no excuse for them, who had the temple in their tribe:

and images; contrary to the express command of God, Exodus 20:4,

and groves on every high hill, and under every green tree; that is, set up idols, and temples for idols, amidst groves of trees, and under all green trees; as was the custom of the Heathens, who sacrificed on the heights of hills and tops of mountains, as was particularly the custom of the Persians, as both Herodotus (m) and Xenophon (n) relate; and with the Getae, a people in Thrace, was a mountain they reckoned sacred (o).

(m) Clio, sive, l. 1. c. 131. (n) Cyropaedia, l. 8. c. 45. (o) Strabo Geograph. l. 7. p. 206. 14:21-31 Here is no good said of Rehoboam, and much said to the disadvantage of his subjects. The abounding of the worst crimes, of the worst of the heathen, in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen for his temple and his worship, shows that nothing can mend the hearts of fallen men but the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit. On this alone may we depend; for this let us daily pray, in behalf of ourselves and all around us. The splendour of their temple, the pomp of their priesthood, and all the advantages with which their religion was attended, could not prevail to keep them close to it; nothing less than the pouring out the Spirit will keep God's Israel in their allegiance to him. Sin exposes, makes poor, and weakens any people. Shishak, king of Egypt, came and took away the treasures. Sin makes the gold become dim, changes the most fine gold, and turns it into brass.
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