1 Kings 12:31

“And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 Kings 12:31

And he made an house of hie places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sonnes of Leui.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he made houses on high places, and made priests from among all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of Levi.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he made places for worship at the high places, and made priests, who were not Levites, from among all the people.
- Basic English Bible

And he made a house of high places, and made priests from all classes of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.
- Darby Bible

And he made a house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.
- Webster's Bible

He made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.
- World English Bible

And he maketh the house of high places, and maketh priests of the extremities of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of Levi.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 Kings 12:31

Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings 12:31


12:31 An house - Houses, or chapels, besides the temples, which arebuilt at Dan and Beth - el; he built also for his peoples betteraccommodation, lesser temples upon divers high places.Of the lowest - Which he might do, either, because the better sort refused it, or, because such would be satisfied with mean allowances; and so he could put into his own purse a great part of the revenues of the Levites, which doubtless he seized upon when they forsook him, and went to Jerusalem, #2Chron 11:13|,14, or, because mean persons would depend upon his favour, and therefore be pliable to his humour, and firm to his interest, but the words in the Hebrew properly signify, from the ends of the people; which may be translated thus, out of all the people; promiscuously out of every tribe. Which exposition seems to be confirmed by the following words, added to explain these, which were not of the sons of Levi; though they were not of the tribe of Levi. And that indeed was Jeroboam's sin; not that he chose mean persons, for some of the Levites were such; and his sin had not been less, if he had chosen the noblest and greatest persons; as we see in the example of Uzziah. But that he chose men of other tribes, contrary to God's appointment, which restrained that office to that tribe.Levi - To whom that office was confined by God's express command.


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