New International Version
Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.
King James Bible
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
Darby Bible Translation
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt-offerings in every place that thou seest;
World English Bible
Take heed to yourself that you don't offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see;
Young's Literal Translation
'Take heed to thee, lest thou cause thy burnt-offerings to ascend in any place which thou seest,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ye shall overthrow their altars - Where unholy sacrifices have been offered; and break their pillars, probably meaning statues and representations of their gods cut out of stone; and burn their groves, such as those about the temple of Ashtaroth, the Canaanitish Venus, whose impure rites were practiced in different parts of the enclosures or groves round her temples; and ye shall hew down the graven images, probably implying all images carved out of wood; and destroy the names of them, which were no doubt at first graven on the stones, and carved on the trees, and then applied to the surrounding districts. In various instances the names of whole mountains, valleys, and districts were borrowed from the gods worshipped there.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
This was directly opposed to the customs of the heathen idolaters, in offering their sacrifices on the tops of hills and mountains.
LibraryThe Eating of the Peace-Offering
'But thou must eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.'--DEUT. xii. 18. There were three bloody sacrifices, the sin-offering, the burnt- offering, and the peace-offering. In all three expiation was the first idea, but in the second of them the act …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The King --Continued.
But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go;
Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name--there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD.
Offer them only at the place the LORD will choose in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.
"Far be it from us to rebel against the LORD and turn away from him today by building an altar for burnt offerings, grain offerings and sacrifices, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle."
1 Kings 3:2
The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD.
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