Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem1 in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.a226
Jeroboam thought to himself, "The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.
If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem,3 they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam."
After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves.4 He said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."529
One he set up in Bethel,6 and the other in Dan.730
And this thing became a sin;8 the people went even as far as Dan to worship the one there.
Jeroboam built shrines9 on high places and appointed priests10 from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.
He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth11 month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel,12 sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made.
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.13 So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.