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1 Kings 11:4-7

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11:4 When Solomon became old, his wives shifted his allegiance to 1  other gods; he was not wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God, as his father David had been. 2  11:5 Solomon worshiped 3  the Sidonian goddess Astarte and the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 4  11:6 Solomon did evil in the Lord’s sight; 5  he did not remain loyal to 6  the Lord, like his father David had. 11:7 Furthermore, 7  on the hill east of Jerusalem 8  Solomon built a high place 9  for the detestable Moabite god Chemosh 10  and for the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 11 

1 tn Heb “bent his heart after.”

2 tn Heb “his heart was not complete with the Lord his God, like the heart of David his father.”

3 tn Heb “walked after.”

4 tn Heb “Milcom, the detestable thing of the Ammonites.”

5 tn Heb “in the eyes of the Lord.”

6 tn The idiomatic statement reads in Hebrew, “he did not fill up after.”

7 tn Heb “then.”

8 sn The hill east of Jerusalem refers to the Mount of Olives.

map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

9 sn A high place. The “high places” were places of worship that were naturally or artificially elevated (see 1 Kgs 3:2).

10 tn Heb “Chemosh, the detestable thing of Moab.”

11 tc The MT reads “Molech,” but Milcom must be intended (see vv. 5, 33).



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