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1 Kings 11:5-8

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11:5 Solomon worshiped 1  the Sidonian goddess Astarte and the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 2  11:6 Solomon did evil in the Lord’s sight; 3  he did not remain loyal to 4  the Lord, like his father David had. 11:7 Furthermore, 5  on the hill east of Jerusalem 6  Solomon built a high place 7  for the detestable Moabite god Chemosh 8  and for the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 9  11:8 He built high places for all his foreign wives so they could burn incense and make sacrifices to their gods. 10 

1 tn Heb “walked after.”

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

3 tn Heb “in the eyes of the Lord.”

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

5 tn Heb “then.”

6 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.

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

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

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

10 tn Heb “and the same thing he did for all his foreign wives, [who] were burning incense and sacrificing to their gods.”



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