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1 Kings 11:4-8

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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  11:8 He built high places for all his foreign wives so they could burn incense and make sacrifices to their gods. 12 

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).

12 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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