1 Kings 3:2

2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD.

1 Kings 3:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days.
ESV
2 The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the LORD.
NLT
2 At that time the people of Israel sacrificed their offerings at local places of worship, for a temple honoring the name of the LORD had not yet been built.
MSG
2 Meanwhile, the people were worshiping at local shrines because at that time no temple had yet been built to the Name of God.
CSB
2 However, the people were sacrificing on the high places, because until that time a temple for the Lord's name had not been built.

1 Kings 3:2 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 3:2

Only the people sacrificed in high places
On the tops of their houses, on hills and mountains, and particularly at the high place in Gibeon, where the tabernacle was:

because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord until those
days;
to which they were obliged to repair as afterwards, and there offer their sacrifices, as the Lord had commanded, ( Deuteronomy 12:5 Deuteronomy 12:6 ) .

1 Kings 3:2 In-Context

1 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the LORD, and the wall around Jerusalem.
2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD.
3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. Leviticus 17:3-5; S Leviticus 26:30; Deuteronomy 12:14; Dt 12:2,4-5; 1 Kings 15:14; 1 Kings 22:43
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 14:23