2 Kings 12:3
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New International Version
The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

New Living Translation
Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.

English Standard Version
Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places.

Berean Study Bible
Nevertheless, the high places were not removed; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense there.

New American Standard Bible
Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

King James Bible
But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Christian Standard Bible
Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

Contemporary English Version
But even Joash did not destroy the local shrines, and they were still used as places for offering sacrifices.

Good News Translation
However, the pagan places of worship were not destroyed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

International Standard Version
except that the high places were not demolished, so the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.

NET Bible
But the high places were not eliminated; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense on the high places.

New Heart English Bible
However the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the illegal places of worship weren't torn down. The people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense at these worship sites.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Howbeit the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and offered in the high places.

New American Standard 1977
Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But with all this, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

King James 2000 Bible
But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

American King James Version
But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

American Standard Version
Howbeit the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But yet he took not away the high places: for the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Darby Bible Translation
Only, the high places were not removed: the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

English Revised Version
Howbeit the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

World English Bible
However the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

Young's Literal Translation
only, the high places have not turned aside, still are the people sacrificing and making perfume in high places.
Study Bible
Joash Repairs the Temple
2And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days he was instructed by Jehoiada the priest. 3Nevertheless, the high places were not removed; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense there. 4Then Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money brought as sacred gifts into the house of the LORD—the census money, the money from vows, and the money brought voluntarily into the house of the LORD.…
Cross References
1 Kings 15:14
The high places were not removed, but Asa’s heart was fully devoted to the LORD all his days.

1 Kings 22:43
And Jehoshaphat walked in all the ways of his father Asa; he did not turn away from them, but did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. The high places, however, were not removed; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

2 Kings 12:2
And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days he was instructed by Jehoiada the priest.

2 Kings 14:4
Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away, and the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

2 Kings 15:4
Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense there.

2 Kings 15:35
Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the house of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

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

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

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

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

2 Chronicles 31:4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelled in Jerusalem to give …

Jeremiah 2:20 For of old time I have broken your yoke, and burst your bands; and …







(3) But.--Save that; as at 2Kings 15:4. (For the statement of the verse, comp. 1Kings 15:14.)

Sacrificed . . . burnt.--Were wont to sacrifice . . . burn. The worship of the high places continued even under the regime of Jehoiada.

Verse 3. - But the high places were not taken away. So it had been with the best of the previous kings of Judah, as Asa (1 Kings 15:14) and Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22:43); and so it was with the other "good" kings (2 Kings 14:4; 2 Kings 15:4, 35) until the reign of Hezekiah, by whom the high places were removed (see below, 2 Kings 18:4). We must remember that it was Jehovah who was worshipped in the "high places," not Baal, or Moloch, or Ashtoreth (see the comment on 1 Kings 15:14). The people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. The people, not the king, in the earlier portion of his reign; but in the later portion, probably the king also (see 2 Chronicles 24:17, 18). But the high places were not taken away,.... Used before the temple was built, or set up in Rehoboam's time, 1 Kings 14:23 contrary to the law of God, which required that sacrifices should only be offered in the place the Lord chose to dwell in, Deuteronomy 12:4 the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places; as they had done in the times of Athaliah, and though the pure worship of God was restored at Jerusalem; and indeed this they did in all preceding reigns; nor was it in the power of the best of kings, at least they did not think it safe to attempt to remove them till Hezekiah's time; so fond were the people of them because of their antiquity and supposed sanctity, and for the sake of ease. 3. But the high places were not taken away—The popular fondness for the private and disorderly rites performed in the groves and recesses of hills was so inveterate that even the most powerful monarchs had been unable to accomplish their suppression; no wonder that in the early reign of a young king, and after the gross irregularities that had been allowed during the maladministration of Athaliah, the difficulty of putting an end to the superstitions associated with "the high places" was greatly increased.12:1-16 It is a great mercy to young people, especially to all young men of rank, like Jehoash, to have those about them who will instruct them to do what is right in the sight of the Lord; and they do wisely and well for themselves, when willing to be counselled and ruled. The temple was out of repair; Jehoash orders the repair of the temple. The king was zealous. God requires those who have power, to use it for the support of religion, the redress of grievances, and repairing of decays. The king employed the priests to manage, as most likely to be hearty in the work. But nothing was done effectually till the twenty-third year of his reign. Another method was therefore taken. When public distributions are made faithfully, public contributions will be made cheerfully. While they were getting all they could for the repair of the temple, they did not break in upon the stated maintenance of the priests. Let not the servants of the temple be starved, under colour of repairing the breaches of it. Those that were intrusted did the business carefully and faithfully. They did not lay it out in ornaments for the temple, till the other work was completed; hence we may learn, in all our expenses, to prefer that which is most needful, and, in dealing for the public, to deal as we would for ourselves.



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