So on the advice of his counselors, the king made two gold calves. He said to the people, "It is too much trouble for you to worship in Jerusalem. O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!"
He placed these calf idols at the southern and northern ends of Israel -- in Bethel and in Dan.
This became a great sin, for the people worshiped them, traveling even as far as Dan.
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