1 Kings 12:29

29 One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.

1 Kings 12:29 in Other Translations

KJV
29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
ESV
29 And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
NLT
29 He placed these calf idols in Bethel and in Dan—at either end of his kingdom.
MSG
29 He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan.
CSB
29 He set up one in Bethel, and put the other in Dan.

1 Kings 12:29 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 12:29

And he set the one in Bethel
In the southern part of the land, on the border of Ephraim and Benjamin; and the rather he chose this place, because its name signifies the house of God, and had been a sacred place, where Jacob more than once enjoyed the divine Presence:

and the other put he in Dan:
in the northern part of the land, for the convenience of the inhabitants of those parts; and the rather, since it had been a place resorted to in former times, because of the teraphim of Micah there.

1 Kings 12:29 In-Context

27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.”
28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. 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.”
29 One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.
30 And this thing became a sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.
31 Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 12:8; S Joshua 7:2; Genesis 28:19
  • 2. Judges 18:27-31; Amos 8:14