1 Kings 3:3
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

New Living Translation
Solomon loved the LORD and followed all the decrees of his father, David, except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship.

English Standard Version
Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places.

New American Standard Bible
Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

King James Bible
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Solomon loved the LORD by walking in the statutes of his father David, but he also sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

International Standard Version
Solomon loved the LORD, and lived according to the statutes that his father David obeyed, except that he sacrificed and burned offerings at the high places.

NET Bible
Solomon demonstrated his loyalty to the LORD by following the practices of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Solomon loved the LORD and lived by his father David's rules. However, he still sacrificed and burned incense at these other worship sites.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David, his father; only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

King James 2000 Bible
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: except that he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

American King James Version
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

American Standard Version
And Solomon loved Jehovah, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the precepts of David his father, only he sacrificed in the high places: and burnt incense.

Darby Bible Translation
And Solomon loved Jehovah, walking in the statutes of David his father; only, he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

English Revised Version
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

World English Bible
Solomon loved Yahweh, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Young's Literal Translation
And Solomon loveth Jehovah, to walk in the statutes of David his father -- only, in high places he is sacrificing and making perfume --
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - And Solomon loved the Lord [thus keeping the first and great commandment, the "Shema Israel" (Deuteronomy 6:5; cf. Deuteronomy 30:16; Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27)], walking in the statutes of David his father [i.e., those which David had kept (verses 6,14) and commanded him to keep (ch. 1 Kings 2:4)]: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. [These words clearly show that the worship of the high places, although condoned, and indeed accepted, by God (ver. 5) was not strictly lawful and right. It was an ignorance that God winked at. The historian, remembering what the worship of the high places became, notices this as an imperfection of Solomon's early reign, though he does not say that such worship was sinful.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Solomon loved the Lord,.... The worship of the Lord, as the Targum: and which he showed by

walking in the statutes of David his father; in which his father walked, which were the statutes of the Lord, or which he exhorted him to walk in, and were the same, 1 Kings 2:3;

only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places; besides that at Gibeon, which it seems David did not.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. And Solomon loved the Lord—This declaration, illustrated by what follows, affords undoubted evidence of the young king's piety; nor is the word "only," which prefaces the statement, to be understood as introducing a qualifying circumstance that reflected any degree of censure upon him. The intention of the sacred historian is to describe the generally prevailing mode of worship before the temple was built. The

high places were altars erected on natural or artificial eminences, probably from the idea that men were brought nearer to the Deity. They had been used by the patriarchs, and had become so universal among the heathen that they were almost identified with idolatry. They were prohibited in the law (Le 17:3, 4; De 12:13, 14; Jer 7:31; Eze 6:3, 4; Ho 10:8). But, so long as the tabernacle was migratory and the means for the national worship were merely provisional, the worship on those high places was tolerated. Hence, as accounting for their continuance, it is expressly stated (1Ki 3:2) that God had not yet chosen a permanent and exclusive place for his worship.

1 Kings 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Rule Consolidated
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. 4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 8:3
But whoever loves God is known by God.

Deuteronomy 6:5
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 10:12
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Deuteronomy 10:13
and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

Deuteronomy 11:13
So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today--to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul--

Deuteronomy 30:16
For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

1 Kings 2:3
and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go

1 Kings 9:4
"As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,

1 Kings 11:4
As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

1 Kings 11:6
So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done.

Psalm 31:23
Love the LORD, all his faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full.

Psalm 145:20
The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
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And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

loved

Deuteronomy 6:5 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with …

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but …

Deuteronomy 30:6,16,20 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of …

2 Samuel 12:24,25 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her, and lay …

Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all you his saints: for the LORD preserves the faithful, …

Matthew 22:27 And last of all the woman died also.

Mark 12:29,30 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, …

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 John 4:19,20 We love him, because he first loved us…

1 John 5:2,3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

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1 Kings 3:6,14 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father …

1 Kings 2:3,4 And keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, to …

1 Kings 11:34 However, I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand…

1 Kings 15:3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before …

1 Chronicles 28:8,9 Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the …

2 Chronicles 17:3-5 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first …

John 14:15,21 If you love me, keep my commandments…

only he

1 Kings 15:14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was …

1 Kings 22:24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on …

2 Kings 12:3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed …

2 Kings 14:4 However, the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did …

2 Kings 15:4,35 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed …

2 Kings 18:4,22 He removed the high places, and broke the images, and cut down the …

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