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,1 they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam."
References for 1 Kings 12:27
After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves.2 He said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."3
References for 1 Kings 12:28
One he set up in Bethel,4 and the other in Dan.5
References for 1 Kings 12:29
And this thing became a sin;6 the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.
References for 1 Kings 12:30
Jeroboam built shrines7 on high places and appointed priests8 from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.
References for 1 Kings 12:31
He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth9 month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel,10 sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made.
References for 1 Kings 12:32
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.11 So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.
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