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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

3 Kings (1 Kings) Chapter 3

3 Kings (1 Kings) 3:2

kg1 3:2

high places

Compare (Lev 26:30); (Deu 12:11-14).

The use of commanding elevations for altars seems to have been immemorial and universal. In itself the practice was not evil; (Gen 12:7); (Gen 12:8); (Gen 22:2-4); (Gen 31:54); (Jdg 6:25); (Jdg 6:26); (Jdg 13:16-23). After the establishment of Mount Moriah and the temple as the centre of divine worship; (Deu 12:5); (Ch2 7:12) the pentateuchal prohibition of the use of high places (Deu 12:11-14) which had looked forward to the setting up of such a centre, came into effect, and high places became identified with idolatrous practices. The constant recurrence to the use of high places, even for Jehovistic worship

(See Scofield) - (Kg1 15:14)

and after the building of the temple, proves how deeply rooted the custom was.

See (Kg2 18:4-22); (Kg2 23:1-37); (Ch2 33:3); (Ch2 33:17); (Ch2 33:19). Note below refers to "Groves."

(See Scofield) - (Jdg 3:7).

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