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1 Kings 12 - NIV

25 Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.[a]

26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.

27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.”

28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

29 One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.

30 And this thing became a sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.[b]

31 Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.

32 He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made.

33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a month of his own choosing, he offered sacrifices on the altar he had built at Bethel. So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.


a. 1 Kings 12:25 Hebrew Penuel, a variant of Peniel
b. 1 Kings 12:30 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text people went to the one as far as Dan

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Scripture: 1 Kings 12:26-33
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Shared by: Sunitha Justin on Oct, 2015
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Scripture: 1 Kings 12:25-13:34
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Shared by: Perry Greene on Jan, 2014
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Shared by: Dan Cormie on Aug, 2010
Summary: The historical background leading up to the Book of Amos. Use of the Audio may be required for this one to be helpful.
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on Jul, 2010
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Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Mar, 2010
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Shared by: Mark Perryman on May, 2006
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Shared by: Casey Casal on Sep, 2005
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Shared by: Ed Wood on Jul, 2004
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