1 Kings 14:23
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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.

Darby Bible Translation
And they also built for themselves high places, and columns, and Asherahs 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;

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The words "they also" are emphatic. Not only did the Israelites make themselves high places 1 Kings 12:31; 1 Kings 13:32, but the people of Judah also. The "high places," which are said to have been "built," were probably small shrines or tabernacles hung with bright-colored tapestry Ezekiel 16:16, like the "sacred tent" of the Carthaginians.

The "images" were rather "pillars" (Genesis 28:18 note).

Groves - See 1 Kings 14:15, note. The "groves," it will be observed, were "built" on high hills and "under green trees."

Under every green tree - i. e., under all those remarkable trees which, standing singly about the land, were landmarks to their respective neighborhoods, and places of resort to travelers, who gladly rested under their shade Deuteronomy 12:2.

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Library
Whether Contention is a Mortal Sin?
Objection 1: It would seem that contention is not a mortal sin. For there is no mortal sin in spiritual men: and yet contention is to be found in them, according to Lk. 22:24: "And there was also a strife amongst" the disciples of Jesus, "which of them should . . . be the greatest." Therefore contention is not a mortal sin. Objection 2: Further, no well disposed man should be pleased that his neighbor commit a mortal sin. But the Apostle says (Phil. 1:17): "Some out of contention preach Christ,"
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Jeroboam
Placed on the throne by the ten tribes of Israel who had rebelled against the house of David, Jeroboam, the former servant of Solomon, was in a position to bring about wise reforms in both civil and religious affairs. Under the rulership of Solomon he had shown aptitude and sound judgment; and the knowledge he had gained during years of faithful service fitted him to rule with discretion. But Jeroboam failed to make God his trust. Jeroboam's greatest fear was that at some future time the hearts of
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Exodus 34:13
"But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim

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 16:22
"You shall not set up for yourself 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; and He will uproot Israel from this good land which He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they have made their Asherim, provoking the LORD to anger.

1 Kings 15:12
He also put away the male cult prostitutes from the land and removed all the idols which his fathers had made.

1 Kings 20:23
Now the servants of the king of Aram said to him, "Their gods are gods of the mountains, therefore they were stronger than we; but rather let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we will be stronger than they.

2 Kings 10:26
They brought out the sacred pillars of the house of Baal and burned them.

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