1 Kings 3:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
And Solomon loved the LORD and walked in the statutes of his father David, except that 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.

New King James Version
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.

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

NASB 1995
Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

NASB 1977
Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

Amplified Bible
Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking [at first] in the statutes of David his father, except [for the fact that] he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places [ignoring the law that required all sacrifices to be offered at the tabernacle].

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.

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Solomon loved LORD JEHOVAH, to walk in the commandments of David his father, only he was sacrificing on high places and he set sweet incense.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Solomon loved the Lord, so as to walk in the ordinances of David his father; only he sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places.

Contemporary English Version
Solomon loved the LORD and followed his father David's instructions, but Solomon also offered sacrifices and burned incense at the shrines.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
Solomon loved the LORD and followed the instructions of his father David, but he also slaughtered animals and offered them as sacrifices on various altars.

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.

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father; only he sacrificed and offered in the high places.

Literal Standard Version
And Solomon loves YHWH, to walk in the statutes of his father David—only, he is sacrificing and making incense in 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.

New Heart English Bible
Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the 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 --

Additional Translations ...
Context
Solomon's Rule Consolidated
2The people, however, were still sacrificing on the high places because a house for the Name of the LORD had not yet been built. 3And Solomon loved the LORD and walked in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 8:3
But the one who loves God is known by God.

Deuteronomy 6:5
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 10:12
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Deuteronomy 10:13
and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD that I am giving you this day for your own good?

Deuteronomy 11:13
So if you carefully obey the commandments 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 am commanding you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and increase, and the LORD your God may bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.

1 Kings 2:3
And keep the charge of the LORD your God to walk in His ways and to keep His statutes, commandments, ordinances, and decrees, as is written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you turn,


Treasury of Scripture

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 thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deuteronomy 10:12
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Deuteronomy 30:6,16,20
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live…

walking

1 Kings 3:6,14
And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day…

1 Kings 2:3,4
And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: …

1 Kings 11:34
Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:

only he

1 Kings 15:14
But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.

1 Kings 22:24
But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?

2 Kings 12:3
But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And Solomon
שְׁלֹמֹה֙ (šə·lō·mōh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8010: Solomon -- David's son and successor to his throne

loved
וַיֶּאֱהַ֤ב (way·ye·’ĕ·haḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

the LORD,
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

walking
לָלֶ֕כֶת (lā·le·ḵeṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

in the statutes
בְּחֻקּ֖וֹת (bə·ḥuq·qō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 2708: Something prescribed, an enactment, statute

of his father
אָבִ֑יו (’ā·ḇîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1: Father

David—
דָּוִ֣ד (dā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

except that
רַ֚ק (raq)
Adverb
Strong's 7535: But, even, except, howbeit howsoever, at the least, nevertheless

he
ה֥וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

sacrificed
מְזַבֵּ֖חַ (mə·zab·bê·aḥ)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2076: To slaughter for sacrifice

and burned incense
וּמַקְטִֽיר׃ (ū·maq·ṭîr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 6999: To smoke, turn into fragrance by fire

on the high places.
בַּבָּמ֔וֹת (bab·bā·mō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 1116: An elevation


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