12:32 Jeroboam inaugurated a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, 1 like the festival celebrated in Judah. 2 On the altar in Bethel he offered sacrifices to the calves he had made. 3 In Bethel he also appointed priests for the high places he had made.
12:33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month (a date he had arbitrarily chosen) 4 Jeroboam 5 offered sacrifices on the altar he had made in Bethel. 6 He inaugurated a festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to offer sacrifices. 13:1 Just then 7 a prophet 8 from Judah, sent by the Lord, arrived in Bethel, 9 as Jeroboam was standing near the altar ready to offer a sacrifice.
1 sn The eighth month would correspond to October-November in modern reckoning.
3 tn Heb “and he offered up [sacrifices] on the altar; he did this in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made.”
4 tn Heb “which he had chosen by himself.”
5 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Jeroboam) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
7 tn Heb “Look.” The Hebrew particle הִנֵּה (hinneh) is a rhetorical device by which the author invites the reader to visualize the scene for dramatic effect.
8 tn Heb “the man of God.”
9 tn Heb “came by the word of the