1 Kings 3:2
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New International Version
The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD.

New Living Translation
At that time the people of Israel sacrificed their offerings at local places of worship, for a temple honoring the name of the LORD had not yet been built.

English Standard Version
The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.

King James Bible
Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, the people were sacrificing on the high places, because until that time a temple for the LORD's name had not been built.

International Standard Version
The people were sacrificing at various high places because the Temple had not yet been built and dedicated to the LORD.

NET Bible
Now the people were offering sacrifices at the high places, because in those days a temple had not yet been built to honor the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people were still sacrificing at other worship sites because a temple for the name of the LORD had not yet been built.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.

New American Standard 1977
The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Until then the people sacrificed in high places because there was still no house built unto the name of the LORD until those days.

King James 2000 Bible
However the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.

American King James Version
Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built to the name of the LORD, until those days.

American Standard Version
Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there was no house built for the name of Jehovah until those days.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But yet the people sacrificed in the high places: far there was no temple built to the name of the Lord until that day.

Darby Bible Translation
Only, the people sacrificed on the high places; for there was no house built to the name of Jehovah, until those days.

English Revised Version
Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.

Webster's Bible Translation
Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built to the name of the LORD, until those days.

World English Bible
Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there was no house built for the name of Yahweh until those days.

Young's Literal Translation
Only, the people are sacrificing in high places, for there hath not been built a house for the name of Jehovah till those days.
Study Bible
Solomon's Rule Consolidated
1Then Solomon formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter and brought her to the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the LORD and the wall around Jerusalem. 2The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days. 3Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.…
Cross References
Leviticus 17:3
"Any man from the house of Israel who slaughters an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or who slaughters it outside the camp,

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 12:13
"Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see,

1 Samuel 9:12
They answered them and said, "He is; see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today.

1 Kings 22:43
He walked in all the way of Asa his father; he did not turn aside from it, doing right in the sight of the LORD. However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places.

Psalm 78:58
For they provoked Him with their high places And aroused His jealousy with their graven images.
Treasury of Scripture

Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built to the name of the LORD, until those days.

the people It was not right to offer sacrifices in any place but where the tabernacle and ark were; and wherever they were, whether on a high place or a plain, sacrifices might be lawfully offered, previously to building of the temple. The tabernacle was now at Gibeon, (Ch

1 Kings 1:3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, …

1 Kings 22:43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside …

Leviticus 17:3-6 What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that kills an ox, …

Leviticus 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and …

Deuteronomy 12:2-5 You shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which …

2 Chronicles 33:17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet …

was no

1 Kings 5:3 You know how that David my father could not build an house to the …

1 Chronicles 17:4-6 Go and tell David my servant, Thus said the LORD, You shall not build …

1 Chronicles 28:3-6 But God said to me, You shall not build an house for my name, because …

Acts 7:47-49 But Solomon built him an house…

(2) In high places.--The historian, writing from the point of view of his own time, when, after the solemn consecration of the Temple, the worship at "the high places," which form natural sanctuaries, was forbidden, explains that "because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord," the people, and Solomon himself, sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. It is clear that these high places were of two kinds--places of sacrifice to false gods, and unauthorised sanctuaries of the Lord, probably associating His worship with visible representations of Deity. The former class were, of course, absolute abominations, like the high places of the Canaanite races, so sternly denounced in Deuteronomy 12:2-3. The prohibition of the other class of high places--constantly disobeyed by some even of the better kings--appears to have had two distinct objects--(a) to guard against all local corruptions of God's service, and all idolatry, worshipping Him (as at Bethel) under visible forms; (b) to prevent the breach of national unity, by the congregation of the separate tribes round local sanctuaries. But besides these objects, it served (c), as a very remarkable spiritual education for the worship of the invisible God, without the aid of local and visible emblems of His presence, in accordance with the higher prophetic teaching, and preparatory for the perfect spirituality of the future. It is, indeed, hardly to be conceived that there should not have been before the Captivity some places of non-sacrificial worship, in some degree like the synagogues of the period after the exile, although not as yet developed into a fully organised system. Unless we refer Psalm 74:8 to the Maccaban times, it must be supposed to describe the Chaldan invasion, as destroying not only the Temple, but also "all the houses of God"--properly "assemblies," and in our Bible version actually translated "synagogues "--"in the land." But these places of prayer and praise and instruction would be different in their whole idea from the "high places" rivalling the Temple. Up to this time it is clear that, even under Samuel and David, sacrificial worship elsewhere than in the Tabernacle was used without scruple, though certainly alien from the spirit of the Mosaic Law as to the supreme sacredness of the "place which God should choose to place his name there." (See, for example, 1Samuel 7:10; 1Samuel 13:9; 1Samuel 14:35; 1Samuel 16:5; 1Chronicles 21:26.) After the solemn consecration of the Temple, the circumstances and the character of such worship were altogether changed.

Verse 2. - Only [The word perhaps signifies "that there was one exception to the flourishing condition of things which the writer has been describing" (Rawlinson), though the people are nowhere blamed for sacrificing on the high places, and Solomon's sacrifice at "the great high place "was full of blessing. The idea rather is that just as he was obliged to bring his Egyptian wife into the city of David, because his palace was not yet finished, so the people were compelled to sacrifice on the high places, because the temple was not yet built (Keil), and "the place" where God would put His name had only just been chosen (1 Chronicles 22:1)] the people sacrificed [Heb. were sacrificing, i.e., habitually, constantly] in high places [All nations have chosen hill tops for acts of worship, perhaps as being nearer heaven. "Even Abraham built an altar to the Lord on a mountain near Bethel (Genesis 12:7, 8; cf. 22:2, 9; 31:54)." And the use of high places for this purpose was not distinctly condemned in the Law. It is true the Hebrews were commanded to have but one place of sacrifice (Leviticus 17:9; Deuteronomy 12:5, 11, 13, 26, 27; cf. Joshua 22:29), and this no doubt was, if not an indirect prohibition, a discouragement of such sanctuaries. It has been held, however, that this command was purely prospective, and it is certainly remarkable that even when the Israelites were settled in the promised land, and the tabernacle was set up (Joshua 18:1), altars were constantly built and sacrifices offered on high places, and sometimes, as in the case of Gideon (Judges 6:26), and Manoah (Judges 13:19, 20), by express Divine command. Later on we find Samuel (1 Samuel 7:9, 10; 1 Samuel 11:15; 1 Samuel 16:5), Saul (1 Samuel 13:9; 14:35), David (1 Chronicles 21:26), Solomon and Elijah (1 Kings 18:30), offering sacrifices in various places, which they could not possibly have done had it seemed to them that this was condemned beforehand by the Law. It is highly probable, therefore, that though the contemporaries of Joshua took a different view (as Joshua 22:15-31 proves), the men of a later age excused themselves on the ground stated in the text, that "there was no house built unto the name of the Lord." It has been held by some that "had they not sacrificed and burnt incense on high places, they could not have sacrificed or burnt incense at all" (Bp. Horsley); but this seems to overlook the fact that there was one place provided for sacrifices - the door of the tabernacle — and that for some reason or other they sacrificed elsewhere. And the reason, no doubt, was the one assigned by the historian. It should be added that this term "high place" (בָּמָה) came to be used of all places of worship, not only on heights, but even those in valleys (2 Kings 17:9; Jeremiah 7:31; Jeremiah 32:35). The Bamah sometimes consisted of an altar only, but as a rule, there was a shrine or sanctuary, erected hard by (1 Kings 13:32; 2 Kings 17:29; 2 Kings 23:19), the Beth-Bamah, for which the word Bamah is sometimes loosely employed (1 Kings 11:7; 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 21:3)], because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord until those days. Only the people sacrificed in high places,.... On the tops of their houses, on hills and mountains, and particularly at the high place in Gibeon, where the tabernacle was:

because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord until those days; to which they were obliged to repair as afterwards, and there offer their sacrifices, as the Lord had commanded, Deuteronomy 12:5. 1Ki 3:2-5. High Places Being in Use, He Sacrifices at Gibeon.3:1-4 He that loved the Lord, should, for his sake, have fixed his love upon one of the Lord's people. Solomon was a wise man, a rich man, a great man; yet the brightest praise of him, is that which is the character of all the saints, even the poorest, He loved the Lord. Where God sows plentifully, he expects to reap accordingly; and those that truly love God and his worship, will not grudge the expenses of their religion. We must never think that wasted which is laid out in the service of God.
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