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1 Kings 3:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there was no house built for the name of Jehovah until those days.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built to the name of the LORD, until those days.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Only, the people sacrificed on the high places; for there was no house built to the name of Jehovah, until those days.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Save only, that the people were sacrificing in the high places,—because there had not been built a house unto the Name of Yahweh, until those days,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Only, the people are sacrificing in high places, for there hath not been built a house for the name of Jehovah till those days.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But yet the people sacrificed in the high places: for there was no temple built to the name of the Lord until that day.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built vnto the Name of the LORD vntill those dayes.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Nevertheless the people burnt incense on the high places, because a house had not yet been built to the Lord.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of Yahweh, until those days.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Only x7535
(7535) Complement
The same as H7534 as a noun; properly leanness, that is, (figuratively) limitation; only adverbially merely, or conjugationally although.
the people 5971
{5971} Prime
From H6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock.
sacrificed 2076
{2076} Prime
A primitive root; to slaughter an animal (usually in sacrifice).
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
in high places, 1116
{1116} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation.
because x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
there was no x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
house 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
built 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
unto the name 8034
{8034} Prime
A primitive word (perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare H8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character.
of Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
until x5704
(5704) Complement
Properly the same as H5703 (used as a preposition, adverb or conjugation; especially with a preposition); as far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with).
those x1992
(1992) Complement
Masculine plural from H1931; they (only used when emphatic).
days. 3117
{3117} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Kings 3:2

_ _ 1 Kings 3:2-5. High places being in use; his sacrifices at Gibeon.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Kings 3:1-4.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Kings 3:2

Only — This particle is used here, and 1 Kings 3:3, as an exception to Solomon's integrity and as a blemish to his government, That he himself both permitted and practised this which was expressly forbidden, Leviticus 17:3-4; Deuteronomy 12:13-14. High places — Which were groves, or other convenient places upon hills, in which the patriarchs used to offer up their sacrifices to God; and from them this custom was derived both to the Gentiles and the Jews: and in them the Gentiles sacrificed to idols, the Hebrews to the true God. Because, &c. — Which reason was not sufficient, for there was a tabernacle, to which they were as much confined as to the temple, Exodus 40:34-38, &c.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Kings 3:2

Only the people sacrificed in (b) high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.

(b) Where altars were appointed before the temple was built, to offer to the Lord.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the people:
It was not right to offer sacrifices in any place but where the tabernacle and ark were; and wherever they were, whether on a high place or a plain, sacrifices might be lawfully offered, previously to building of the temple. The tabernacle was now at Gibeon (
2 Chronicles 1:3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that [was] at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness.
), which was therefore called the great high place; whither we find Solomon, without censure, repaired to sacrifice.
1 Kings 22:43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing [that which was] right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; [for] the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
Leviticus 17:3-6 What man soever [there be] of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth [it] out of the camp, ... And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD [at] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Leviticus 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
Deuteronomy 12:2-5 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: ... But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, [even] unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
2 Chronicles 33:17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, [yet] unto the LORD their God only.

was no:

1 Kings 5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.
1 Chronicles 17:4-6 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in: ... Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?
1 Chronicles 28:3-6 But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou [hast been] a man of war, and hast shed blood. ... And he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts: for I have chosen him [to be] my son, and I will be his father.
Acts 7:47-49 But Solomon built him an house. ... Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what [is] the place of my rest?
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Lv 17:3; 26:30. Dt 12:2. 1K 5:3; 22:43. 1Ch 17:4; 28:3. 2Ch 1:3; 33:17. Ac 7:47.

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