Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains,(A) on the hills and under every spreading tree,(B) where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.

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12 “He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice(A) at the high place.(B)

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“After that you will go to Gibeah(A) of God, where there is a Philistine outpost.(B) As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets(C) coming down from the high place(D) with lyres, timbrels,(E) pipes(F) and harps(G) being played before them, and they will be prophesying.(H)

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The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places,(A) because a temple had not yet been built for the Name(B) of the Lord.

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The king went to Gibeon(A) to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.

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

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By the word of the Lord he cried out against the altar: “Altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: ‘A son named Josiah(A) will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places(B) who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.’”

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32 For the message he declared by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines on the high places(A) in the towns of Samaria(B) will certainly come true.”(C)

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29 Nevertheless, each national group made its own gods in the several towns(A) where they settled, and set them up in the shrines(B) the people of Samaria had made at the high places.(C)

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20 Josiah slaughtered(A) all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones(B) on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

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In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God(A) of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols.

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58 They angered him(A) with their high places;(B)
    they aroused his jealousy with their idols.(C)

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and say: ‘You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys:(A) I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places.(B)

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16 You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places,(A) where you carried on your prostitution.(B) You went to him, and he possessed your beauty.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 16:16 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.

“The high places(A) of Isaac will be destroyed
    and the sanctuaries(B) of Israel will be ruined;
    with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.(C)

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