2 Kings 12:3

3 The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

Read 2 Kings 12:3 Using Other Translations

But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and make offerings on the high places.
Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.

What does 2 Kings 12:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Kings 12:3

But the high places were not taken away
Used before the temple was built, or set up in Rehoboam's time, ( 1 Kings 14:23 ) contrary to the law of God, which required that sacrifices should only be offered in the place the Lord chose to dwell in, ( Deuteronomy 12:4 Deuteronomy 12:6 ) the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places; as they had done in the times of Athaliah, and though the pure worship of God was restored at Jerusalem; and indeed this they did in all preceding reigns; nor was it in the power of the best of kings, at least they did not think it safe to attempt to remove them till Hezekiah's time; so fond were the people of them because of their antiquity and supposed sanctity, and for the sake of ease.

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