12:31 He built temples 10 on the high places and appointed as priests people who were not Levites.
1 tn Heb “said in his heart.”
2 tn Heb “Now the kingdom could return to the house of David.” The imperfect verbal form translated “could return” is understood as having a potential force here. Perhaps this is not strong enough; another option is “will return.”
3 map For location see Map5-B1; Map6-F3; Map7-E2; Map8-F2; Map10-B3; JP1-F4; JP2-F4; JP3-F4; JP4-F4.
4 tn Heb “the heart of these people could return to their master.”
5 tn The words “with his advisers” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
6 tn Heb “to them,” although this may be a corruption of “to the people.” Cf. the Old Greek translation.
7 map For location see Map4-G4; Map5-C1; Map6-E3; Map7-D1; Map8-G3.
8 tn Heb “and this thing became a sin.”
9 tc The MT reads “and the people went before the one to Dan.” It is likely that some words have been accidentally omitted and that the text originally said, “and the people went before the one at Bethel and before the one at Dan.”
10 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.