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1 Kings 12:31-33

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12:31 He built temples 1  on the high places and appointed as priests people who were not Levites. 12:32 Jeroboam inaugurated a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, 2  like the festival celebrated in Judah. 3  On the altar in Bethel he offered sacrifices to the calves he had made. 4  In Bethel he also appointed priests for the high places he had made.

A Prophet from Judah Visits Bethel

12:33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month (a date he had arbitrarily chosen) 5  Jeroboam 6  offered sacrifices on the altar he had made in Bethel. 7  He inaugurated a festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to offer sacrifices.

1 tn The Hebrew text has the singular, but the plural is preferable here (see 1 Kgs 13:32). The Old Greek translation and the Vulgate have the plural.

2 sn The eighth month would correspond to October-November in modern reckoning.

3 sn The festival he celebrated in Judah probably refers to the Feast of Tabernacles (i.e., Booths or Temporary Shelters), held in the seventh month (September-October). See also 1 Kgs 8:2.

4 tn Heb “and he offered up [sacrifices] on the altar; he did this in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made.”

5 tn Heb “which he had chosen by himself.”

6 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Jeroboam) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

7 map For location see Map4 G4; Map5 C1; Map6 E3; Map7 D1; Map8 G3.



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