What does High Places mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
הַבָּמ֖וֹת high place 8
בָּמ֣וֹת high place 7
הַבָּמ֔וֹת high place 4
בַּבָּמֽוֹת high place 4
בַּבָּמ֑וֹת high place 3
הַבָּמוֹת֙ high place 3
בָמ֔וֹת high place 3
הַבָּמ֗וֹת high place 3
בַּבָּמ֖וֹת high place 2
בָּמוֹתֶ֖יךָ high place 2
בָּמֹתָ֣יו high place 2
בָּמוֹת֙ high place 2
וְהַבָּמ֖וֹת high place 2
בָּמוֹתָֽם high place 1
בָּמֽוֹתֵיכֶֽם high place 1
בָּמוֹתֵ֥ימוֹ high place 1
בָּ֣מֳתֵי high place 1
בָּמֹתֶ֕יךָ high place 1
בָּמֹֽתֵיכֶ֗ם high place 1
לְבָמ֥וֹת high place 1
בָּמ֨וֹת high place 1
בָמָ֔ה high place 1
(בָּ֥מֳתֵי) high place 1
בָּמֹתָ֖ם high place 1
בָּ֝מֹתַ֗י high place 1
בְּבָמוֹתָ֑ם high place 1
בִּמְרוֹמָֽיו height. 1
רָֽמָתֵ֔ךְ height 1
בָּמוֹתַ֖י high place 1
בָּמ֑וֹת high place 1
הַבָּמ֤וֹת high place 1
הַבָּמ֥וֹת high place 1
בָמֽוֹת high place 1
בָּמ֥וֹת high place 1
בַּבָּמ֔וֹת high place 1
לַבָּמ֖וֹת high place 1
וְהַבָּמ֑וֹת high place 1
וְהַ֨בָּמ֔וֹת high place 1
בָמ֖וֹת high place 1
הַבָּמ֜וֹת high place 1
הַ֠בָּמוֹת high place 1
בָּמֹתָ֖יו high place 1
בָּמ֔וֹת high place 1
הַבָּמֽוֹת high place 1
בַּבָּמוֹת֙ high place 1
הַבָּמ֞וֹת high place 1
רָמֹתַ֔יִךְ height 1

Definitions Related to High Places

H1116


   1 high place, ridge, height, bamah (technical name for cultic platform).
      1a high place, mountain.
      1b High Places, battlefields.
      1c High Places (as places of worship).
      1d funeral mound?.
      

H4791


   1 height.
      1a height, elevation, elevated place.
         1a1 in a high place (adv).
      1b height.
      1c proudly (adv).
      1d of nobles (fig.
      ).
      

H7413


   1 height, high place.
      1a as place of illicit worship.
      

Frequency of High Places (original languages)

Frequency of High Places (English)

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Fausset's Bible Dictionary - High Places
Archaeological and scientific researches have made it evident that in the varying forms of early religions, and in lands far distant from each other, high places were selected for worship of a sacrificial character. This was so especially among the Moabites (Isaiah 15:2; Isaiah 16:12; Judges 13:16-23). The three altars built by Abraham at Shechem, between Bethel and Ai, and at Mamre, were on heights. Such sites consecrated of old would naturally be resorted to in after times as sanctuaries. Not only these, but heights originally dedicated to idols (Numbers 33:52; Leviticus 26:30). The law forbade sacrificial worship elsewhere save at the one national sanctuary. Old usage however strove against the law, and too frequently reasserted itself. The high places polluted by idol worship (2 Kings 23:9) were condemned by all the kings that worshipped Jehovah.
But those sacred to Jehovah (2 Chronicles 32:12; 2 Chronicles 33:17) were tolerated by less thoroughly reforming kings; and sacrifices and burnt incense were offered on them (1 Kings 12:3; 1 Kings 14:4; 1 Kings 15:35). Hezekiah and Josiah removed them utterly, as opposed to the letter of the law and mostly to the spirit of it too (2 Kings 18:4; 2 Kings 23:5 margin; 2 Chronicles 34:3). In the time of the judges (Judges 6:25-26; Numbers 23:28; 1 Samuel 7:10; 1 Samuel 16:5), and while the temple was yet unbuilt (1 Kings 3:2), and in the Israelite northern kingdom where religious order could not be preserved, owing to the severance from Judah (1 Kings 18:30), greater latitude was allowed. But the strict rule was against it, except where God especially (1 Chronicles 21:26) sanctioned sacrifice on some one occasion at a place (Deuteronomy 12:4-11; Leviticus 17:3-4; John 4:20).
The priests whom the kings of Judah ordained to burn incense in the high places were called Chemarim; compare Hosea 10:5; Zephaniah 1:4 idol priests not having reached the age of puberty, meaning "ministers of the gods," the Tyrian camilli, (black attired ministers, subordinate to the priests, they felled the victim), from chaamar "to be black." The high places of Dan and Bethel were already sacred by usage; so Jeroboam found it easy to induce the people to forsake the temple and cherubim at Jerusalem for his calves in Dan and Bethel. Bamoth, the Hebrew for "high places," became so common that the term was used for a shrine in a valley or a city (2 Kings 17:9; Ezekiel 16:31; Jeremiah 7:31). In Ezekiel 20:29, I said ... what is the high place whereunto ye go?
And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day," the sense is, You ought to have long since put away the name, and the high place which it expresces; the very name implies it is not sanctioned by Me; therefore your sacrifice even to ME in it (much more to idols) is only a "provocation" to Me (Ezekiel 20:28). In Ezekiel 16:16," of thy garments thou didst take and deckedst thy high places with divers colors," the sense is: as a harlot spreading her tent of divers colors to lure victims, so Israel set up on the high places, not stone chapels, but tents hung with colored tapestry, as the "woven hangings of (Asherah) Astarte" (the right translation for "grove") (2 Kings 23:7). Asa in one place is said to have taken away the high places, in another not so; also Jehoshaphat similarly.
The seeming discrepancy occurs not only between Kings and Chronicles, but even between different passages of the same chronicler. Doubtless the godly kings at first tried to put down entirely the high places, but afterwards yielded to the general usage of the people in cases where the high place was to Jehovah; where it was to idols they put them down utterly. "They opposed impiety but winked at error" (Hall). So rooted was the practice that the removal of the high places was made by Rabshakeh a taunt against Hezekiah as if it were an impious innovation against Jehovah's honour; evidently he knew that the act had provoked the enmity of a considerable party among the Jews.
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - High Places
Probably originally altars on any slight elevation, mentioned in the Old Testament. Before the Temple was built, there was nothing contrary to the law in the "high places" provided God alone was worshipped there, and no incense or victims were offered to idols. During the period of the Judges and the Kings, the Israelites erected idolatrous altars and Solomon built a temple for the idol of the Moabites on the hill near Jerusalem (3Kings 11).
People's Dictionary of the Bible - High Places
High Places. The Hebrew word bamah is a general term, comprehending mountains and hills; but in Ezekiel 20:29, it is given as the proper name of a place; while in other passages it is usually and correctly translated "high place." The Hebrews, like most other ancient nations, frequently offered sacrifices upon "high places," notwithstanding the prohibition in Deuteronomy 12:1-32, both to Jehovah and to idols, 1 Samuel 9:12-14; 1 Kings 3:2; 1 Kings 3:4; 2 Kings 12:3; 1 Chronicles 16:39; and erected chapels thereon, and had ministers of the sacred rites. 1 Kings 12:32; 1 Kings 13:32; 2 Kings 17:29; 2 Kings 17:32. Even Solomon, after the erection of the temple, and other kings, till the time of Josiah, frequently sacrificed on hills and mountains. 1 Kings 11:7; 2 Kings 14:4; 2 Kings 15:4; 2 Kings 15:35; 2 Chronicles 20:33; Ezekiel 6:3; Leviticus 26:30. Probably the massive circular ruins on the summits of Hermon are the remains of such places of ancient idolatrous worship. 2 Kings 23:7; Ezekiel 16:16; Amos 5:8.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - High Places
We meet with frequent mention in the Bible of high places. Perhaps in the original design of them, they had been made sacred spots, and hallowed to the service of the true God of Israel; but, in process of time, they were used for idol-worship. The people called them Bamah, or, perhaps more properly, Bamoth, (See Ezekiel 20:29) Those places were continued to the days of Christ, and called Proseuchy, or prayer-houses. Some of the kings of Israel, though going a good way in a spirit of reform, had not courage enough, or wanted the grace, to abolish those places of idol-worship. See (1 Kings 22:43) Of good king Josiah, much praise was due to him on this account. See (2 Kings 23:15)
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - High Places
The prophets reproach the Israelites for nothing with more zeal than for worshipping upon the high places. The destroying of these high places is a commendation given to only few princes in Scripture; and many, though zealous for the observance of the law, had not courage to prevent the people from sacrificing upon these eminences. Before the temple was built, the high places wore not absolutely contrary to the law, provided God only was there adored, and not idols. They seem to have been tolerated under the judges; and Samuel offered sacrifices in several places where the ark was not present. Even in David's time they sacrificed to the Lord at Shiloh, Jerusalem, and Gibeon. But after the temple was built at Jerusalem, and the ark had a fixed settlement, it was no longer allowed to sacrifice out of Jerusalem. The high places were much frequented in the kingdom of Israel. The people sometimes went upon those mountains which had been sanctified by the presence of patriarchs and prophets, and by appearances of God, to worship the true God there. This worship was lawful, except as to its being exercised where the Lord had not chosen. But they frequently adored idols upon these hills, and committed a thousand abominations in groves, and caves, and tents; and hence arose the zeal of pious kings and prophets to suppress the high places. Dr. Prideaux thinks it probable that the proseuchae, open courts, built like those in which the people prayed at the tabernacle and the temple, were the same as those called high places in the Old Testament. His reason is, that the proseuchae had groves in or near them, in the same manner as the high places.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - High Places
The ancient Canaanites, and other nations, worshipped the heavenly bodies and their idols upon hills, mountains, and artificial elevations. The Israelites were commanded to destroy these places of idol worship, Deuteronomy 12:2 , but instead of this, they imitated the heathen, and at first worshipped Jehovah in high places, 1 Samuel 9:12 1 Kings 3:4 , and afterwards idols, 1 Kings 11:7 2 Kings 17:10,11 . Here also they built chapels or temples, "houses of the high places," 1 Kings 13:32 2 Kings 17:29 , and had regular priests, 1 Kings 12:32 2 Kings 17:32 . Different groves were sacred to different gods; and the high places were inseparably linked to idolatry. Hence one reason why Jehovah required the festivals and sacrifices of the Jews to be centered at his temple in Jerusalem; that the people of the living and only true God might be delivered from the temptations of the groves, and witness as one man against idolatry. The prophets reproach the Israelites for worshipping on the high places; the destroying of which was a duty, but the honor of performing it is given to few princes in Scripture, though several of them were zealous for the law. Before the temple was built, the high places were not absolutely contrary to the law, provided God only was adored there. Under the judges, they seem to have been tolerated in some exceptional cases; and Samuel offered sacrifice in several places where the ark was not present. Even in David's time, the people sacrificed to the Lord at Shiloh, Jerusalem, and Gibeon. The high places were much frequented in the kingdom of Israel; and on these hills they often adored idols, and committed a thousand abominations. See BAMOTH and GROVES .
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - High Places
See BAAL.

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Bamah, Plural Bamoth - High Places, Ezekiel 20:29 . Baal was worshipped there, and it was perhaps the "high places" referred to in Isaiah 15:2 . See High Places
Ramoth - Eminences; High Places
High Places - The prophets reproach the Israelites for nothing with more zeal than for worshipping upon the High Places. The destroying of these High Places is a commendation given to only few princes in Scripture; and many, though zealous for the observance of the law, had not courage to prevent the people from sacrificing upon these eminences. Before the temple was built, the High Places wore not absolutely contrary to the law, provided God only was there adored, and not idols. The High Places were much frequented in the kingdom of Israel. But they frequently adored idols upon these hills, and committed a thousand abominations in groves, and caves, and tents; and hence arose the zeal of pious kings and prophets to suppress the High Places. Prideaux thinks it probable that the proseuchae, open courts, built like those in which the people prayed at the tabernacle and the temple, were the same as those called High Places in the Old Testament. His reason is, that the proseuchae had groves in or near them, in the same manner as the High Places
Bamoth-Baal - (ba' muhth- bay' uhl) Place name meaning, “high places of Baal. Numbers 22:41 speaks of Bamoth or High Places of Baal near the Arnon River
High Place - An elevated site, usually found on the top of a mountain or hill; most High Places were Canaanite places of pagan worship. At these places of worship the people sacrificed animals (at some High Places children were sacrificed according to Jeremiah 7:31 ), burned incense to their gods, prayed, ate sacrificial meals, and were involved with male or female cultic prostitutes (2 Kings 17:8-12 ; 2 Kings 21:3-7 ; Hosea 4:11-14 ). Although most High Places were part of the worship of Baal, the Ammonite god Molech and the Moabite god Chemosh were also worshiped at similar High Places (1 Kings 11:5-8 ; 2 Kings 23:10 ). Archaeologists have discovered the remains of High Places at Megiddo, Gezer, and numerous other sites. ...
God's Hatred of the High Places When the Israelites came into the land of Canaan, they were ordered to destroy the High Places of the people who lived in the land (Exodus 23:24 ; Exodus 34:13 ; Numbers 33:52 ; Deuteronomy 7:5 ; Deuteronomy 12:3 ) lest the Israelites be tempted to worship the Canaanite false gods and accept their immoral behavior. ...
False Worship at High Places in Judah After the Temple was constructed, the people were to worship God at this place which He had chosen (Deuteronomy 12:1-14 ), but Solomon built High Places for the gods of his foreign wives and even worshiped there himself (1 Kings 11:1-8 ). Following this, each new king that ruled in the Southern Kingdom of Judah and in the Northern Kingdom of Israel was evaluated in the books of Kings and Chronicles according to what they did with the High Places where false gods were worshiped. In Judah, Asa is called a good king because he removed the Asherah, idols, and sacred prostitutes but, unfortunately, he did not destroy the High Places (1 Kings 15:9-14 ; 2 Chronicles 15:17 ; initially he may have destroyed them according to 2 Chronicles 14:2-5 ). Jehoshaphat was a man of God who followed the ways of David by seeking after God, but he followed a pattern similar to Asa of initially removing the High Places (2 Chronicles 17:1-9 ) but not totally eliminating them from Judah (1 Kings 22:43 ; 2 Chronicles 20:33 ). This policy may have made it easier for his son Jehoram to build new High Places which caused the people of Judah to worship other gods (2 Chronicles 21:11 ). The Judean kings Amaziah (2 Kings 14:3-4 ), Uzziah (2 Kings 15:3-4 ), Jotham (2 Kings 15:34-35 ), Ahaz (2 Kings 16:3-4 ), and Manasseh (2 Kings 21:2-7 ) allowed the people of Judah to continue worshiping at their High Places. Only Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:3-4 ) and Josiah (2 Kings 23:4-15 ) had the courage to destroy the High Places in the land of Judah. ...
False Worship at High Places in Israel When Jeroboam created the new kingdom of Israel after the death of Solomon, he put two golden calves at High Places at Dan and Bethel (1 Kings 12:28-32 ). An unnamed man of God came to Bethel and pronounced God's curse on this high place (1 Kings 13:1-3 ), but the following kings of the Northern Kingdom of Israel followed in the ways of Jeroboam and did not remove the High Places where the false gods were worshiped. Because Israel built High Places in all their towns and set up sacred pillars and Asherah under the trees on their hills, God sent the Assyrians to destroy the Northern Kingdom of Israel (2 Kings 17:8-22 ). ...
The Israelite prophets also condemned the High Places of Moab (Isaiah 15:2 ; Isaiah 16:12 ), Judah (1618453345_45 ; Jeremiah 17:1-3 ; Jeremiah 19:3-5 ; Jeremiah 32:35 ), and Israel (Ezekiel 6:3 ,Ezekiel 6:3,6:6 ; Ezekiel 20:29-31 ; Hosea 10:8 , Amos 7:9 ) because they were places of sin where false gods were worshiped
High Places - The Israelites were commanded to destroy these places of idol worship, Deuteronomy 12:2 , but instead of this, they imitated the heathen, and at first worshipped Jehovah in High Places, 1 Samuel 9:12 1 Kings 3:4 , and afterwards idols, 1 Kings 11:7 2 Kings 17:10,11 . Here also they built chapels or temples, "houses of the High Places," 1 Kings 13:32 2 Kings 17:29 , and had regular priests, 1 Kings 12:32 2 Kings 17:32 . Different groves were sacred to different gods; and the High Places were inseparably linked to idolatry. The prophets reproach the Israelites for worshipping on the High Places; the destroying of which was a duty, but the honor of performing it is given to few princes in Scripture, though several of them were zealous for the law. Before the temple was built, the High Places were not absolutely contrary to the law, provided God only was adored there. The High Places were much frequented in the kingdom of Israel; and on these hills they often adored idols, and committed a thousand abominations
Wickedness, Spirits of - Lest the force of their spiritual attack from the "high places" be thought of too lightly, Saint Paul warns emphatically: "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the High Places" (Ephesians 6)
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In the above passages the High Places are connected with idolatry; but it would appear that before the temple was built, altars for the worship of God had been erected elsewhere than at the tabernacle. At the beginning of the reign of Solomon the people sacrificed in High Places because the temple was not yet built. This was failure, for we read that "Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in High Places. On the division of the kingdom, Jeroboam set up his idols and "ordained him priests for the High Places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. With these two examples it is not surprising that in the whole land there were many High Places. Hezekiah and Josiah zealously destroyed the High Places, which included the buildings thereon and the idols connected therewith. The word bamah is used apparently for any idolatrous erection, for we once read of High Places in a valley. ...
The term 'high places' has another application under the Hebrew word ramah, which also signifies 'exalted;' for Israel is charged with making a high place in every street, and at every head of the way, which doubtless refers to some shrine or symbol of idolatry connected with abominable practices
High Place - After the Israelites entered the Promised Land they were strictly enjoined to overthrow the High Places of the Canaanites (Exodus 34:13 ; Deuteronomy 7:5 ; 12:2,3 ), and they were forbidden to worship the Lord on High Places (Deuteronomy 12:11-14 ), and were enjoined to use but one altar for sacrifices (Leviticus 17:3,4 ; Deuteronomy 12 ; 16:21 ). The injunction against High Places was, however, very imperfectly obeyed, and we find again and again mention made of them (2 Kings 14:4 ; (2 Kings 15:17 , etc
Bamah - It is frequently translated High Places, q
ba'Jith - (the horse ), referring to the "temple" of the false gods of Moab, as opposed to the "high places" in the same sentence
Bamoth - (bay' muhth) Place name and common noun meaning, “high places
Bamoth-Baal - ("high places of Baal. Bajith, "the temple," in close proximity to Bamoth, "high places:" Isaiah 15:2. of Dibon, a detached knoll on the right bank of the rivulet contains a quadrangle of rude stones put together without cement; this was one of the Bamoth or High Places; others, whence Balsam could have seen Israel, were probably to the W
Bamah - The plural is translated "high places" in Numbers 22:41 and Ezekiel 36:2
High Place - 26:30: “And I will destroy your High Places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you. ...
Bâmâh with the sense of “back” is still to be found in the Hebrew Old Testament: “So your enemies shall cringe before you, and you shall tread upon their High Places” ([3] alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves [4] of the sea” (Job 9:8). 3:19): “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my High Places. ”...
The word is used metaphorically to portray the Lord as providing for His people: “He made him ride on the High Places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock” ( High Places of the earth,” is a Hebraic way of expressing God’s protection of His people. “Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the [5] as the High Places of the forest” (cf. The surrounding nations had High Places dedicated to Chemosh (1 Kings 11:7)Baal ([6] made a house of High Places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi” (1 Kings 12:31). Cultic symbols were added as decoration; thus, the sacred pillars (‘asherah) and sacred trees or poles (matstsebah) were associated with a temple: “For they also built them High Places, and [7], and groves, on every high hill [8], and under every green tree” (1 Kings 14:23; cf. This was permissible until the temple was constructed; however, history demonstrates that Israel soon adopted these “high places” for pagan customs
High Places - Archaeological and scientific researches have made it evident that in the varying forms of early religions, and in lands far distant from each other, High Places were selected for worship of a sacrificial character. The High Places polluted by idol worship (2 Kings 23:9) were condemned by all the kings that worshipped Jehovah. ...
The priests whom the kings of Judah ordained to burn incense in the High Places were called Chemarim; compare Hosea 10:5; Zephaniah 1:4 idol priests not having reached the age of puberty, meaning "ministers of the gods," the Tyrian camilli, (black attired ministers, subordinate to the priests, they felled the victim), from chaamar "to be black. " The High Places of Dan and Bethel were already sacred by usage; so Jeroboam found it easy to induce the people to forsake the temple and cherubim at Jerusalem for his calves in Dan and Bethel. Bamoth, the Hebrew for "high places," became so common that the term was used for a shrine in a valley or a city (2 Kings 17:9; Ezekiel 16:31; Jeremiah 7:31). In Ezekiel 16:16," of thy garments thou didst take and deckedst thy High Places with divers colors," the sense is: as a harlot spreading her tent of divers colors to lure victims, so Israel set up on the High Places, not stone chapels, but tents hung with colored tapestry, as the "woven hangings of (Asherah) Astarte" (the right translation for "grove") (2 Kings 23:7). Asa in one place is said to have taken away the High Places, in another not so; also Jehoshaphat similarly. Doubtless the godly kings at first tried to put down entirely the High Places, but afterwards yielded to the general usage of the people in cases where the high place was to Jehovah; where it was to idols they put them down utterly. So rooted was the practice that the removal of the High Places was made by Rabshakeh a taunt against Hezekiah as if it were an impious innovation against Jehovah's honour; evidently he knew that the act had provoked the enmity of a considerable party among the Jews
Bajith - With the definite article "the," the "high places" (Bamoth) follow in the context. In the same High Places where they had exulted in their idol they shall weep, to find it unable to save them from destruction
Goat-Demons - ), who “… ordained him priests for the High Places, and for the devils [2], and for the calves which he had made” ( High Places of the goat-demons (2 Kings 23:8)
Arnon - The Arnon is about 60 miles long, 90 feet wide, and from four to ten feet deep at its mouth; full in winter, but nearly dry in summer; had several fords, Isaiah 16:2, and "high places," Numbers 21:28; is referred to 24 times in the Bible. The reference to "high places" in Isaiah 15:2, some Jewish scholars regard as the name of a place and read, "Beth-bamoth and Dibon are gone up to weep
Bamah - In Ezekiel 20:29 a particular place is named Bamah in a wordplay ridiculing High Places
in Excelsis - (Latin: excellere, to raise up) ...
On high, the highest, occurring in the hymn of the angels to the shepherds at Our Lord's birth, meaning that God is eminently above all things, and perhaps alluding to the idolatrous altars, which occasionally the Jews themselves, and always the people about them, used to build on the "high places," the tops of hills
Adrammelech - The god of the Sepharvites, to whom they burnt their children, placed in one of the houses of the High Places among the Samaritans
Aven -
Hosea speaks of the "high places of Aven" (10:8), by which he means Bethel
High Places - Before the Temple was built, there was nothing contrary to the law in the "high places" provided God alone was worshipped there, and no incense or victims were offered to idols
Bamoth, Bamoth-Baal - ]'>[3] ‘the High Places of Baal’), to which Balaam was led by Balak
High Places - High Places. " The Hebrews, like most other ancient nations, frequently offered sacrifices upon "high places," notwithstanding the prohibition in Deuteronomy 12:1-32, both to Jehovah and to idols, 1 Samuel 9:12-14; 1 Kings 3:2; 1 Kings 3:4; 2 Kings 12:3; 1 Chronicles 16:39; and erected chapels thereon, and had ministers of the sacred rites
Evil, Principalities of - The rebellious angels, cast out of heaven, were in Saint Paul's day believed to dwell "in the High Places" or "in regions above" (Ephesians 6,2)
Asherah, Asherim - These idolatrous symbols often stood beside the Baal altars on the sacred hilltop sites known as High Places, and were important in Baal rituals (Judges 6:25-26; 1 Kings 14:23; 1 Kings 15:13; Isaiah 27:9)
High Place, Sanctuary - ’ In this latter sense ‘sanctuary’ and ‘high place’ are used synonymously in the older prophetic literature, as in Amos 7:9 ‘the High Places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. From these natural sanctuaries, which are by no means peculiar to the Hebrews or even to the Semitic family, we may now pass to a fuller discussion of the local sanctuaries or ‘high places,’ which were the recognized places of worship in Israel until near the close of the seventh century b. Repeatedly in OT the worshippers are said to ‘go up’ to, and to ‘come down’ from, the High Places. Thus Jeremiah speaks of ‘high places’ ( bâmôth ) in the valley of Topheth at Jerusalem (7:31, 19:5 RV
With few exceptions the High Places of OT are much older, as places of worship, than the Hebrew conquest. In taking over from the Canaanites the High Places at which they worshipped Baal and Astarte, the Hebrews made little or no change in their appearance and appointments. Similar ancient High Places, but on a smaller scale, have been found at Tell es-Safi (perhaps the ancient Gath), and in the north of Palestine, by the Austrian and German explorers, of whose discoveries an excellent summary is given by Father Vincent in his recently published work above cited. Such was Micah’s ‘house of gods’ ( Judges 17:5 ), and the ‘houses of High Places’ of 1 Kings 12:31 RV Danger: of the Christian - The enlightened Christian sees himself to be like a traveller, standing on the narrow summit of a lofty ridge; on the right hand and on the left are gulfs unfathomable, yawning for his destruction; if it were not that by divine grace his feet are like hinds' feet, so that he is able to stand upon his High Places, he would long ere this have fallen to his eternal destruction
High Places - We meet with frequent mention in the Bible of High Places
High, Highly - " For "high places," Ephesians 6:12 , AV, see HEAVENLY , B
Satyr - In these passages some ‘hairy’ demon is to be Inferred to whom ‘sacrifices’ were made ( Leviticus 17:7 ), ‘high places’ erected ( 2 Kings 23:8 ), and ‘priests’ set apart ( 2 Chronicles 11:15 )
Sanctuary - The Baal sanctuaries, which Israelites often took over and used in their own form of false worship, were known as High Places (Amos 7:9; see BAAL)
Josiah - This purge included tearing down the High Places, the Asherah, and the altars to Baal. The High Places were essentially Canaanite worship centers that had been taken over by Israel
Hind - "The Lord maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and causeth me to stand on the High Places," Psalms 18:33 ; Habakkuk 3:19 . The circumstance of their standing on the High Places or mountains is applied to these animals by Xenophon
Ramoth-Gilead, Ramoth in Gilead - That it was a place of some sanctity is probable from its name (‘the High Places of Gilead’), and arguments, not altogether conclusive, have been offered in favour of its identification with Mizpeh , the place of the reconciliation of Jacob and Laban
Medeba - hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the High Places of Arnon
to'Pheth, - The pious kings defiled it and threw down its altars and High Places, pouring into it all the filth of the city, till it became the "abhorrence" of Jerusalem
Jehoshaphat - At first he strengthened himself against Israel, but soon afterward formed an alliance with Israel Jehoshaphat tried to put down the High Places and groves in which the people of Judah burned incense, and sent the wisest Levites through the cities and towns to instruct the people in religion
Incense - We find that while the High Places remained, incense was burnt there as well as sacrifices offered
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Thou shalt tread upon their High Places
Rabshakeh - "...
Rabshakeh was a zealous pleader for his master, reckless of truth, glossing over the real miseries of deportation by Assyria (Isaiah 36:16-17), pretending to have Jehovah on his side, yet classing Jehovah with the idols of other lands overthrown by Assyria (Isaiah 36:18-20, liars need to have good memories), trying to rob the godly of their one only but sure trust in trouble, misrepresenting Hezekiah's faithful act in removing forbidden High Places to Jehovah, as though he thereby had dishonored and so forfeited the favor of Jehovah (Isaiah 36:7), boasting of Assyria's might, as if, because Judah could not supply 2,000 riders if even Assyria supplied the horses, it were impossible the Jews could repel one of the least of Assyria's captains (Isaiah 36:8-9); in filthy and blasphemous language he threatens to reduce them to eat their own excrement in the extremity of famine (Isaiah 36:12; 2 Chronicles 32:11): a sample of the true nature of the pagan attack on Jerusalem, at once arrogant, blasphemous, and reckless of all decency
Ordain - Jeroboam ordained priests for the High Places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made
Hezekiah - He tried to restore the worship of Jehovah, removing "high places," and destroying the brazen serpent; consult 2 Chronicles 28:22-25; for the final deportation of the Ten Tribes see 2 Kings 17:1-41; 2 Kings 18:9-12; and for his revolt against the Assyrians compare 2 Kings 18:1-37; 2 Chronicles 32:1-33
Hin'Nom - On the southern brow, overlooking the valley at its eastern extremity Solomon erected High Places for Molech, (1 Kings 11:7 ) whose horrid rites were revived from time to time in the same vicinity the later idolatrous kings
Josi'ah - He began in the eighth year of his reign to seek the Lord; and in his twelfth year, and for six years afterward, in a personal progress throughout all the land of Judah and Israel, he destroyed everywhere High Places, groves, images and all outward signs and relics of idolatry
Manasseh - He did evil in the sight of the Lord; worshipped the idols of the land of Canaan; rebuilt the High Places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed; set up altars to Baal; and planted groves to false gods. Being returned to Jerusalem, he restored the worship of the Lord; broke down the altars of the false gods; abolished all traces of their idolatrous worship; but he did not destroy the High Places: which is the only thing Scripture reproaches him with, after his return from Babylon
Baal, Baalim - The Israelites in coming into the land doubtless found temples, groves, altars and High Places set apart to Baal: incense was offered and offerings burnt, and children were sacrificed to him, whilst a great retinue of prophets and priests was maintained in his service, as is manifest by its revival afterwards
Destroy - This word also expresses the complete “destruction” of the pagan High Places ( Ammonite - The High Places built for this idol by Solomon, at the instigation of his Ammonitish wives, were not destroyed till the time of Josiah (2 Kings 23:13 )
Field - 32:13 is the first biblical appearance: “He made him ride on the High Places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; …”...
Jotham - He did right before the Lord; but did not remove the High Places, for "the people did yet corruptly," sacrificing and burning incense still on them (2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 27), He built the higher gate of the house of Jehovah, i
Jehoshaphat - He demolished the High Places and groves. This prince continued to walk in the ways of the Lord; yet he did not destroy the High Places, and the hearts of the people were not entirely directed to the God of their fathers
Micah - " In the second discourse (3-5), the birthplace of the coming Saviour is named; God abominates the crimes of princes and judges and false prophets, "Therefore, because of you, Sion shall be ploughed as a field and Jerusalem shall be as a heap of stones and the mountain of the temple as the High Places of the forests
Micheas - " In the second discourse (3-5), the birthplace of the coming Saviour is named; God abominates the crimes of princes and judges and false prophets, "Therefore, because of you, Sion shall be ploughed as a field and Jerusalem shall be as a heap of stones and the mountain of the temple as the High Places of the forests
Eagle - nesher; properly the griffon vulture or great vulture, so called from its tearing its prey with its beak), referred to for its swiftness of flight (Deuteronomy 28:49 ; 2 Samuel 1:23 ), its mounting high in the air (Job 39:27 ), its strength (Psalm 103:5 ), its setting its nest in High Places (Jeremiah 49:16 ), and its power of vision (Job 39:27-30 )
Jehosh'Aphat - In his own kingdom Jehoshaphat ever showed himself a zealous follower of the commandments of God: he tried to put down the High Places and groves in which the people of Judah burnt incense, and sent the wisest Levites through the cities and towns to instruct the people in true morality and religion
Mount, Mountain - The worship at ‘ High Places ’ was so deeply engrained in the Hebrews that no amount of legislation could eradicate it; the severe discipline of the Exile was needed for its destruction
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The Lord God is my strength,...
And he will make my feet like hinds' feet,...
And he will make me to walk upon mine High Places
Habakkuk - The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine High Places
Caves - To these they betook themselves for refuge in times of distress and hostile invasion:—...
"When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, for the people were distressed, then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in High Places, and in pits," 1 Samuel 13:6
Olives, Mount of - The title "Mount of Offence," or "Scandal," was bestowed on the supposition that it is the "Mount of Corruption" on which Solomon erected the High Places for the gods of his foreign wives. Except the High Places on the summit, the only buildings then to be seen were probably the walls of the vineyards and gardens and the towers and presses which were their invariable accompaniment
Kings, Books of - Only the High Places were not removed, the people continued sacrificing and offering at the High Places. ...
It is important to notice the reference to the High Places which comes in immediate sequence to the judgment on the character of the king. The High Places in the opinion of later times were illegitimate places of worship. For the present it is sufficient that the treatment of the High Places furnishes the ground on which the kings are graded in excellence. With reference to each of these, the commendation is tempered by the statement that the High Places were not taken away. The attitude taken towards the High Places is distinctly Deuteronomistic, for the demand that these sanctuaries should be abolished was first formulated by Deuteronomy
Jehoshaphat - And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord; moreover he took away the High Places and groves out of Judah" (2 Chronicles 17:3-6; 2 Chronicles 19:3). ...
But "the High Places (of Jehovah) were not taken away, for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers. He utterly abolished the idol High Places and, as far as he could, the unlawful Jehovah High Places, but was unable thoroughly to get rid of the latter (1 Kings 15:14; 1 Kings 22:43)
Kings, First And Second, Theology of - Thus, the writer of Kings condemns heathen shrines (1 Kings 11:7-8 ), High Places (1 Kings 3:3-4 ; 12:28-33 ), and cult objects in Dan and Bethel (1 Kings 12:28-32 ) from an ideological standpoint. , opposition to any continuing Canaanite High Places). The "sin" of Jeroboam (ordaining priests for High Places outside of Jerusalem, 1 Kings 13:34 ) was the crucial event in the history of the northern kingdom of Israel. However, even Jehu, who had cleansed the nation of Baal, failed to eradicate the High Places (2 Kings 10:31 ). Although the nation of Judah was expected to learn from its northern neighbor's disaster, the High Places, Asherim, and male prostitutes continued to exist (1 Kings 14:22-24 ), and Hezekiah had to replace them (2 Kings 18:22 )
Hart - The hind's sure footing in the rocks typifies the believer's preservation in High Places and difficulties
Deuteronomy - Thus Josiah abolished the High Places in Judah and Jerusalem ( Deuteronomy 22:8 ; Deuteronomy 22:13 ), and confined legitimate worship to the sanctuary at Jerusalem; and this centralization of the cult is the dominating idea of Deuteronomy 5:1-33 ; Deuteronomy 6:1-25 ; Deuteronomy 7:1-26 ; Deuteronomy 8:1-20 ; Deuteronomy 9:1-29 ; Deuteronomy 10:1-22 ; Deuteronomy 29:2 ; Deuteronomy 12:1-32 ; Deuteronomy 13:1-18 ; Deuteronomy 14:1-29 ; Deuteronomy 15:1-23 ; Deuteronomy 16:1-22 ; Deuteronomy 17:1-20 ; Deuteronomy 18:1-22 ; Deuteronomy 19:1-21 ; Deuteronomy 20:1-20 ; Deuteronomy 21:1-23 ; Deuteronomy 22:1-30 ; Deuteronomy 23:1-25 ; Deuteronomy 24:1-22 ; Deuteronomy 25:1-19 ; Deuteronomy 26:1-19 . Elijah, far from condemning the High Places, is indignant at the sacrilege which has thrown down the altars of Jahweh (1 Kings 19:10 ). ...
Hezekiah is the first king of whom we learn that he attempted to remove the High Places (2 Kings 18:14 ). The one means of purifying their worship was to sever it from the High Places with their Canaanite associations
Olves, Mount of - " ...
This mount, or rather mountain range, has four summits or peaks: (1) the "Galilee" peak, so called from a tradition that the angels stood here when they spoke to the disciples (Acts 1:11 ); (2) the "Mount of Ascension," the supposed site of that event, which was, however, somewhere probably nearer Bethany (Luke 24:51,52 ); (3) the "Prophets," from the catacombs on its side, called "the prophets' tombs;" and (4) the "Mount of Corruption," so called because of the "high places" erected there by Solomon for the idolatrous worship of his foreign wives (1 Kings 11:7 ; 2 Kings 23:13 ; Vulg
Baal (1) - Such an animistic conception is evident from the fact that they were worshipped in High Places and in groves, where such rites as prophecy ( Jeremiah 22:13 ), fornication ( Jeremiah 7:9 ), self-mutilation ( 1 Kings 18:28 ), and child-sacrifice ( Jeremiah 19:5 ) were practised under the guidance of kemârim or idolatrous priests ( Zephaniah 1:4 )
Tabor - " The open glades on the summit would form a suitable sanctuary, and were among "the High Places" which ensnared Israel in idolatry; so Mark 9:1-3 "a net spread upon Tabor
Justice - In order that public justice may be upheld, too, the Christian is urged to pray for kings and all in High Places of authority (1 Timothy 2:1 f
Asherah - According to 1 Kings 14:23 , the people “built for themselves High Places, and pillars, and Asherim (plural) on every hill and under every green tree
Jehoshaphat - He sought God, walked in the 'first' ways of David, and took away the High Places and groves out of Judah
Musician - " In this sense, the close of Habakkuk's prophecy will be rendered thus: "The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like harts' feet; and the Giver of victory, or my stringed instruments, will cause me to tread on my High Places
Josiah - When he was about twenty years old he began to destroy all the High Places, and groves, and images, and altars
Bethel - It became the great sanctuary of the Northern Kingdom, and the centre of the idolatrous priests who served in the High Places ( 1 Kings 12:32 ff
Har-Magedon - Against this, however, must be set the statements that Barak with his 10,000 men ‘went down from mount Tabor’ to meet Sisera (Judges 4:14), that Zebulun and Naphtali ‘jeoparded their lives unto the death in the High Places of the field’ (Judges 5:18), and that Saul and Jonathan fell ‘in mount Gilboa’ (1 Samuel 31:1; 1 Samuel 31:8; cf
Joash - Yet he did not abolish the High Places
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The Israelites had been warned before settling the land of Canaan about established religious worship sites, particularly the "high places" taken over intact during the conquest. "...
Several Canaanite High Places were appropriated by Israel's religious leaders early in the settlement, including Bethel (Judges 1:22-26 ), Shiloh (1 Samuel 1:1-18 ), and Gibeah (1 Samuel 13:1-4 ). Both Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-4 ) and Manasseh (2 Kings 21:1-17 ) encouraged worship at High Places. Baal, like Asherah, was also worshiped at High Places
Micah - Probably the book was read before the assembled king and people on some fast or festival, as certain elders quoted to the princes and people assembled against Jeremiah (Jeremiah 26:18) Micah 3:12, "Micah the Morasthite in the days of Hezekiah, and spoke to all the people of Judah, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the High Places of a forest. The "high places" (Micah 1:5) probably allude to those in Jotham's and Ahaz' reigns (2 Kings 15:35; 2 Kings 16:4)
Jeroboam - At that instant a prophet, who had come, divinely directed, from Judah to Bethel, accosted Jeroboam and said, "O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord, A child shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he sacrifice the priests of the High Places who now burn incense upon thee: he shall burn men's bones upon thee. He continued to encourage his subjects in idolatry, by appointing priests of the High Places, and engaging them in such worship as was contrary to the divine law
Hermon - Jerome refers to this, and no doubt it is one of those Baal High Places set up by the former inhabitants, and so often condemned in the Old Testament
Ammon - Ammon's one stronghold, Rabbah, "the city of: waters" (20 cities are mentioned Judges 11:33, perhaps some Moabite cities), forms a contrast to Moab's numerous towns with their "high places" (Jeremiah 48); their idol, Moloch, accordingly they worshipped in a tent, the token of nomad life, not a fixed temple or high place, such as was appropriated to the god of the more settled people Moab (Amos 5:26; Acts 7:43)
Solomon - His fall, alas, followed, for he loved many strange women, which turned his heart away, and he went after their gods, and built High Places for them
Shemaiah - Upon Rehoboam and his people forsaking Jehovah, and building High Places, standing images, and groves, God sent Shishak of Egypt against Jerusalem; he then took all the fenced cities, and Shemaiah told Rehoboam and his princes, "thus saith Jehovah, Ye have forsaken Me, therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak
Baal - Jeremiah reproaches the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem with "building the High Places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt-offerings unto Baal," Jeremiah 19:5 ; an expression which appears to be decisive as to the actual slaying by fire of the unhappy victims to Baal
Zebulun - Distinguished in the contest with Jabin as "jeoparding their lives unto the death in the High Places of the field," literally, "despised life even unto death" at the call of fatherland
Baal, Master - In Hosea’s and Jeremiah’s time, the ba‛al idols were still worshiped, as the peoples sacrificed, built High Places, and made images of the ba‛alim (plural)
Amos, Book of - The declaration of the doom of the High Places was distasteful to Amaziah the priest of the king's false religion at Bethel, who was dwelling at ease
Josiah - " At the age of 20, in the 12th year of his reign, he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the High Places or Asherah, and images of the sun and Baal, and strewed their dust on the graves of their former worshippers. ...
Josiah spared not even the High Places which pious Hezekiah had left, nor those of Solomon in his apostasy, nor their priests (Chemarim), as Zephaniah 1:4 foretold; also Manasseh his grandfather's grove (Asherah) in the Lord's house (2 Kings 21:7; 2 Kings 23:6)
Naphtali - His war-like energy and his and Deborah's joint song are specimens of the prowess and the eloquence of Naphtali (Judges 4-5); Naphtali and Zebulun "jeoparded their lives unto the death in the High Places of the field" (Judges 5:18)
Kin - In the older legislation the local High Places appear as asylums for the manslayer, until his case should be proved to be one of wilful murder, when he was handed over to the relatives of the man he had slain ( Exodus 21:13-14 )
Canaan; Canaanite - But too often the house of David and Judah “built them High Places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree
Idol - This word for “idols” is a disdainful word and may originally have meant “dung pellets”: “And I will destroy your High Places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you” ( Olives, Mount of - "The mountain facing Jerusalem" (1 Kings 11:7); called "the hill of corruption" from Solomon's High Places built to Chemosh and Moloch (2 Kings 23:13-14). Josiah defiled Solomon's idolatrous High Places, breaking the "statues," cutting down the groves, and filling their places with men's bones. But 2 Kings 23:13 rather means the three High Places were on the S
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Josiah defiled "the High Places of the gates in the entering in of the gate
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The Scripture reproaches Asa with not destroying the High Places, which, perhaps, he thought it politic to tolerate, to avoid the greater evil of idolatry
Idolatry - For example, Samuel sacrifices in one of those ‘high places’ ( 1 Samuel 9:12 ff. In Judah, where heathenism went to greater lengths, but where wholesome reaction was equally strong, Asa, an iconoclastic reformer, tolerates ‘high places’ ( 1 Kings 15:12-14 ; cf
Jeroboam - 8:8, section 5), cried against the altar: "behold, a child born unto the house of David, Josiah, upon thee shall offer the priests of the High Places that burn incense (burn sacrifices) upon thee (retribution in kind), and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee," to defile thee. Jeroboam unwarned by his visitation "returned not from his evil way," "ordaining whosoever would (1 Kings 13:33-34; 2 Chronicles 11:15) priests, for the High Places, the devils, and the calves" (the gods worshipped in these houses in the High Places being called "demons" or devils (literally, goats, from the Egyptian goat-shaped god Mendes or Pan) from their nature, and calves from their form; Leviticus 17:7, "evil spirits of the desert" (Speaker's Commentary, seiriym ; 1 Corinthians 10:20-21)
Ass - The wild asses' characteristics noticed in holy writ are their love of unrestrained freedom, self will in pursuit of lust (Jeremiah 2:24), fondness for solitary places (Hosea 8:9), standing on High Places when athirst (Jeremiah 14:6; when even the pere , usually so inured to want of water, suffers, the drought must be terrible indeed)
Baal (1) - High Places were chosen for Baal worship, and human victims were sometimes offered as burnt offerings (Jeremiah 19:5)
Asherah - In the remaining passages of OT the asherah is the name of a prominent, if not indispensable, object associated with the altar and the mazzçbah (see Pillar) in the worship of the Canaanite High Places
Chronicles, i - Kings distinctly says that Asa and Jehoshaphat did not abolish the High Places, although they did what was right in the sight of the Lord ( 1 Kings 15:14 ; 1 Kings 22:43 ). Such a conjunction of well-doing with idolatry is incredible to the Chronicler, so he says that the High Places were abolished by these kings ( 2 Chronicles 14:5 ; 2 Chronicles 17:5 )
Mizpah - include the High Places of the whole kingdom in which the rulers set up idol altars
Scribes - He might rise to High Places, become a doctor of the law, an arbitrator in family litigations, ( Luke 12:14 ) the head of a school, a member of the Sanhedrin
Rehoboam - ...
Thus, Rehoboam became strengthened in his kingdom, but after three years' faithfulness and consequent prosperity from God the tendency to apostasy inherited from his mother Naamah the Ammonitess, and her bad early training, led him to connive at, and like Solomon join in, the abominations of idolatry, the "high places, standing images, and groves on every high hill and under every green tree" (1 Kings 14:22-24)
Sanctuary - Freedman, Temples and High Places in Biblical Times, pp
Amos - , want of bread (Amos 4:6); "the excellency of Jacob" (Amos 6:8; Amos 8:7); "the High Places of Isaac" (Amos 7:9), "the house of Isaac" (Amos 7:16); "he that createth the wind" (Amos 4:13)
Heaven, Heavenly - , in a position of Divine authority), Ephesians 1:20 ; and of the present position of believers in relationship to Christ, Ephesians 2:6 ; where they possess "every spiritual blessing," Ephesians 1:3 ; (c) of Christ as "the Second Man," and all those who are related to Him spirtually, 1 Corinthians 15:48 ; (d) of those whose sphere of activity or existence is above, or in contrast to that of earth, of "principalities and powers," Ephesians 3:10 ; of "spiritual hosts of wickedness," Ephesians 6:12 , RV, "in heavenly places," for AV, "in High Places;" (e) of the Holy Spirit, Hebrews 6:4 ; (f) of "heavenly things," as the subjects of the teaching of Christ, John 3:12 , and as consisting of the spiritual and "heavenly" sanctuary and "true tabernacle" and all that appertains thereto in relation to Christ and His sacrifice as antitypical of the earthly tabernacle and sacrifices under the Law, Hebrews 8:5 ; 9:23 ; (g) of the "calling" of believers, Hebrews 3:1 ; (h) of heaven as the abode of the saints, "a better country" than that of earth, Hebrews 11:16 , and of the spiritual Jerusalem, Hebrews 12:22 ; (i) of the kingdom of Christ in its future manifestation, 2 Timothy 4:18 ; (j) of all beings and things, animate and inanimate, that are "above the earth," Philippians 2:10 ; (k) of the resurrection and glorified bodies of believers, 1 Corinthians 15;49 ; (l) of the "heavenly orbs," 1 Corinthians 15:40 ("celestial," twice, and so rendered here only)
Altar - that Josiah succeeded in abolishing ‘the High Places’ and destroying or desecrating their altars ( 2 Kings 23:5 ff
Baal - They offered human sacrifices to him in groves, upon High Places, and upon the terraces of houses
Monotheism - The cult for the Canaanite farmers sought to stimulate the fertility of the divine couple, and thus the fertility of the land, by participating in fertility rituals at central sanctuaries called High Places
Samuel, the Books of - On the contrary the writer of 1 and 2 Kings stigmatizes the High Places to Jehovah and blames the kings who sanctioned or connived at them (1 Kings 15:14; 1 Kings 22:43; 2 Kings 12:3; 2 Kings 14:4; 2 Kings 15:4; 2 Kings 15:35; 2 Kings 16:4; 2 Kings 21:3)
Spirit; Breath - 14:6: “And the wild asses did stand in the High Places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons
Idolatry, - Mountains and High Places were chosen spots for offering sacrifice and incense to idols, (1 Kings 11:7 ; 14:23 ) and the retirement of gardens and the thick shade of woods offered great attractions to their worshippers
Idol, Idolatry - The descriptions given by the prophets of their irregularities and idolatries, of their abominations and lasciviousness on the High Places and in woods consecrated to idols, and of their human sacrifices, fill us with dismay, and unveil the awful corruption of the heart of man
Priest, Priesthood - 5); (4) the priests of the High Places in the cities of Judah from Geba to Beersheba (vv. 8-9); and (5) the priests of the High Places in Samaria (i
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(2) When the provincial High Places and altars were suppressed by Josiah in b
Ahaz - " Ahaz cut in pieces God's vessels, and shut up the doors of the temple, and made altars in every grainer of Jerusalem, and burnt incense on High Places in every several city of Judah
Dibon - of the Arnon; translated in Isaiah 15:2, "Dibon (the people of Dibon) is gone up to the High Places," the usual places of sacrifice
People - ...
‛Am can represent the individuals who together form a familial (and covenantal) group within a larger group: “Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the High Places of the field [2]” ( Pentateuch - So there was great joy in Jerusalem; for since the time of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel, there was not the like at Jerusalem: and when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the High Places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all,"...
2 Chronicles 30:11 ; 2 Chronicles 31
Zacharias - ‘The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,’ and, even in that evil time of wickedness in High Places in Church and State, there lived in Palestine no inconsiderable number of just and devout persons both among priests and people
Martinus, Bishop of Dumium - Probably this indirect handling, and the penalties decreed generally against intercourse with heretics, were all that the bishops felt themselves strong enough to venture against a creed which had been shortly before the religious confession of the Suevian nation, and had no doubt still many friends in High Places
Solomon - , to the exclusion of the ‘high places,’ and its effect was largely neutralized by the honour paid to other gods (11); none the less its elaborate magnificence was a visible proof of the triumph of J″ Joel - Idolatry and the High Places were not mentioned, suggesting that they were no longer a serious problem
Hezekiah - " Next, all Israel present went out to break the images, cut down the groves, and throw down the High Places and altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. In the former invasion Sennacherib in his first, expedition inflicted a decisive blow on the united forces of Egypt and Ethiopia at Altagu (possibly the Eltekon of Joshua 15:59); but now he was forced to raise the siege of Pelusium by Tirhakah, and send an imperious letter to Hezekiah by Rabshakeh, whose sneers at his religious reforms in removing the High Places (Isaiah 65:24) and flattering promises in fluent Hebrew to the people favor the idea that he was a renegade Jew
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In Ephesians 6:12 , Paul portrayed Christians in conflict—their wrestling is “not against flesh and blood” but with higher, demonic powers, “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in High Places
Altar - Such “high places” were probably raised platforms at which sacrifices and other rites took place
Hebrews - They sacrificed on the High Places, and consulted diviners and magicians
Priests And Levites - The local sanctuaries (‘high places’) were still tolerated ( 1 Kings 15:14 ; 1 Kings 22:48 etc. The cult of the ‘high places’ seems gradually to have relapsed into familiar and popular types of Semitic worship; and in the books of the early prophets Amos and Hosea it is not always easy to distinguish between heathenism and a heathenish worship of Jahweh
Debt, Debtor (2) - We can transcend in loving ways the nether aims even of bad laws; and it was the evasion of clear duty in this respect, by those in the High Places of the religious world, which moved Jesus most
Twelve - Nebajoth: High Places
Balaam - Thence Balaam was taken to "the High Places (bamot ) of Baal," called Beth Bamoth in the Moabite stone
Jehoram - " Not only did he set up idolatrous High Places, but "caused Jerusalem to commit fornication and compelled Judah thereto" (2 Chronicles 21:11)
Chronicles, the Books of - Jehoshaphat's garrisoning the cities of Judah and of Ephraim; removal of High Places and groves; sending his princes and Levites throughout the land to teach the people in "the book of the law of the Lord" (2 Chronicles 17-18); reproval by Jehu, son of Hanani the seer, and by Eliezer, son of Dodavah of Mareshah, for his alliance with the ungodly kings of Israel; instructions to the judges; victory over the vast, allied forces of Ammon and Moeb (2 Chronicles 19-20)
Daniel, Book of - Out of the last arises a little horn, a power which persecutes the saints for 3-1/2 years; but which is judged by the Ancient of Days, and the saints of the Most High, or rather of the High Places, eventually take the kingdom
Transportation And Travel - High Places (bamoth ) were also popular sites for religious pilgrims
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God himself will personally destroy apostate High Places along with their altars (Leviticus 26:30 ; Hosea 11:6-73 )
Nation (2) - More than that, their doctrinal shortcomings received some countenance in High Places; for the Sadducees say only what is written is to be esteemed as legal … the tradition of the fathers needs not to be observed’ (Josephus Ant
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Some of the kings were buried close to the temple; Ezekiel 43:7-9 is thought to refer to this (Smith's Bible Dictionary); rather "kings" mean the idols who had been their lords, but now that Jehovah is their Lord (Isaiah 26:13) the idols, once their "kings," seem but "carcasses," so these are associated with the "high places
Canaan, History And Religion of - ...
The Baalistic Canaanites influenced Israel in many ways: Temple construction, sacrificial rituals, the High Places, a rejection of any sexual motif as a worship instrument (Joshua 11:3 ), and a lessening of the purely mythical with a concomitant emphasis upon the historical happening as with Yahweh's splitting of the sea (Yam Suph) rather than a struggle with a mythological Yam(Exodus 14-15 )
Israel, History of - Even the mandate that all sacrificial worship take place in the Jerusalem Temple was partially motivated by his desire to prevent the use of Baalistic “high places” and to keep all sacrificial activity where it could be carefully monitored to prevent Baalistic assimilation
Temple of Jerusalem - It cannot be determined what kind of sanctuaries were at Ophrah, Gilgal, Nob, Mizpah, Ramah, or other “high places” where Yahweh was worshiped, but “the Temple” is the one at Jerusalem from Solomon's time
Solomon - )...
He walked in David's godly ways but there being no one exclusive temple yet, he sacrificed in High Places, especially at the great high place in Gibeon, where was the tabernacle with its altar, while the ark was in Zion
Balaam - The first point of view to which Balak took Balaam was to one of the High Places of Baal
Synagogue - ) thinks that the synagogue took the place of the ancient bâmôth (‘high places’)-a view which seems to be confirmed by Targ
Offerings And Sacrifices - In other instances altars on High Places were used for communal sacrificial meals before the Lord
Jeremiah - Above all, an end was put to the immemorial cultus of the local ‘high places,’ at which the service of Jehovah had been corrupted by mixture with that of the Canaanite divinities
Palestine - The hills were the sites also of the forbidden "high places
Canaan - "Behold, the Lord cometh forth out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the High Places of the earth
Law - are to be found in ...
( a ) The Law of the one Sanctuary , which aimed at the total extinction of the worship of the High Places
Apocrypha - ...
I dwelt in High Places,...
And my throne is in the pillar of the cloud’ (Sirach 24:3-4);...
and, further, after a rich description of the scenes of nature that she influences—...
‘In three things I was beautified,...
And stood up beautiful before the Lord and men,’ etc