1 Kings 14:23
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,

Berean Study Bible
They also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
They also built their own local shrines and stone images of foreign gods, and they set up sacred poles for worshiping the goddess Asherah on every hill and in the shade of large trees.

Good News Translation
They built places of worship for false gods and put up stone pillars and symbols of Asherah to worship on the hills and under shady trees.

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 HEB ▾ 
Rehoboam's Reign in Judah
22And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and by the sins they committed they provoked Him to jealous anger more than all their fathers had done. 23They also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. 24There were even male cult prostitutes in the land. They imitated all the abominations of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:13
Rather, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred stones, and chop down their Asherah poles.

Deuteronomy 12:2
Destroy completely all the places where the nations you are dispossessing have served their gods--atop the high mountains, on the hills, and under every green tree.

Deuteronomy 16:22
and do not set up for yourselves 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. He will uproot Israel from this good land that He gave their fathers and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their Asherah poles, provoking the LORD to anger.

1 Kings 15:12
He banished the male cult prostitutes from the land and removed all of the idols that his fathers had made.

1 Kings 20:23
Meanwhile, the servants of the king of Aram said to him, "Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they prevailed over us. Instead, we should fight them on the plains; surely then we will prevail.

2 Kings 10:26
They brought out the sacred pillar of the temple of Baal and burned it,

2 Kings 17:10
They set up for themselves sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.

2 Kings 17:16
They abandoned all the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves two cast idols of calves and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the host of heaven and served Baal.

2 Kings 17:19
and even Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but lived according to the customs Israel had introduced.

Isaiah 57:5
who burn with lust among the oaks, under every luxuriant tree, who slaughter your children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?

Jeremiah 2:20
"For long ago you broke your yoke and tore off your chains, saying, "I will not serve!" Indeed, on every high hill and under every green tree you lay down as a prostitute.

Ezekiel 6:13
Then you will know that I am the LORD, when their slain lie among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, and under every green tree and leafy oak--the places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols.

Ezekiel 16:24
you built yourself a mound and made yourself a lofty shrine in every public square.

Ezekiel 20:28
When I brought them into the land that I swore to give them and they saw any high hill or leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices, presented offerings that provoked Me, sent up their fragrant incense, and poured out their drink offerings.

Hosea 10:1
Israel was a luxuriant vine, yielding fruit for himself. The more his fruit increased, the more he increased the altars. The better his land produced, the better he made the sacred pillars.

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 …







Lexicon
They
הֵ֧מָּה (hêm·māh)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

also
גַם־ (ḡam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

built
וַיִּבְנ֨וּ (way·yiḇ·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1129: To build

for themselves
לָהֶ֛ם (lā·hem)
Preposition-l | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They

high places,
בָּמ֥וֹת (bā·mō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1116: An elevation

sacred pillars,
וּמַצֵּב֖וֹת (ū·maṣ·ṣê·ḇō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4676: Something stationed, a column, an idol

and Asherah poles
וַאֲשֵׁרִ֑ים (wa·’ă·šê·rîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 842: A Phoenician goddess, also an image of the same

on
עַ֚ל (‘al)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

every
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

high
גְבֹהָ֔ה (ḡə·ḇō·hāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1364: Elevated, powerful, arrogant

hill
גִּבְעָ֣ה (giḇ·‘āh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1389: A hillock

and under
וְתַ֖חַת (wə·ṯa·ḥaṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

every
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

green
רַעֲנָֽן׃ (ra·‘ă·nān)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7488: Verdant, new, prosperous

tree.
עֵ֥ץ (‘êṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6086: Tree, trees, wood
(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).] 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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