Howbeit, the high places were not taken away
The high places, where idols were worshipped, were taken away, ( 2 Chronicles 17:6 ) , but not those where sacrifices were offered to the true God:
for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto
the God of
to seek and serve him wholly, according to his will, to offer sacrifices to him only at Jerusalem, as the law required, ( Deuteronomy 12:5-7 ) , they could not as yet be prevailed upon to relinquish the high places, built and made use of before the temple was; partly because they were nearer to some of them than that, and partly out of veneration for them, as being of a long time used.