So the king came up with a plan: He made two golden calves. Then he announced, "It's too much trouble for you to go to Jerusalem to worship. Look at these - the gods who brought you out of Egypt!"
He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan.
This was blatant sin. Think of it - people traveling all the way to Dan to worship a calf!
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