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28 Bible Verses about Altars

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Hebrews 13:10

We have an altar from which those priests who are servants in the Tent may not take food.

1 Corinthians 9:13

Do you not see that the servants of the holy things get their living from the Temple, and the servants of the altar have their part in the food which is offered on the altar?

Matthew 5:23-24

If then you are making an offering at the altar and there it comes to your mind that your brother has something against you, While your offering is still before the altar, first go and make peace with your brother, then come and make your offering.

Genesis 12:7

And the Lord came to Abram, and said, I will give all this land to your seed; then Abram made an altar there to the Lord who had let himself be seen by him.

Exodus 24:4

Then Moses put down in writing all the words of the Lord, and he got up early in the morning and made an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.

Genesis 13:18

And Abram, moving his tent, came and made his living-place by the holy tree of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and made an altar there to the Lord.

Genesis 22:9

And they came to the place of which God had given him knowledge; and there Abraham made the altar and put the wood in place on it, and having made tight the bands round Isaac his son, he put him on the wood on the altar.

Genesis 26:25

Then he made an altar there, and gave worship to the name of the Lord, and he put up his tents there, and there his servants made a water-hole.

Genesis 33:20

And there he put up an altar, naming it El, the God of Israel.

Genesis 35:7

And there he made an altar, naming the place El-beth-el: because it was there he had the vision of God when he was in flight from his brother.

Numbers 15:14

And if a man from another country or any other person living among you, through all your generations, has the desire to give an offering made by fire of a sweet smell to the Lord, let him do as you do.

Genesis 8:21

And when the sweet smell came up to the Lord, he said in his heart, I will not again put a curse on the earth because of man, for the thoughts of man's heart are evil from his earliest days; never again will I send destruction on all living things as I have done.

Judges 6:25

The same night the Lord said to him, Take ten men of your servants and an ox seven years old, and after pulling down the altar of Baal which is your father's, and cutting down the holy tree by its side,

1 Samuel 14:35

And Saul put up an altar to the Lord: this was the first altar which he put up to the Lord.

2 Samuel 24:25

And there David put up an altar to the Lord, making burned offerings and peace-offerings. So the Lord gave ear to his prayer for the land, and the disease came to an end in Israel.

1 Kings 18:16

So Obadiah went to Ahab and gave him the news; and Ahab went to see Elijah.

Hosea 8:11

Because Ephraim has been increasing altars for sin, altars have become a cause of sin to him.

Malachi 1:10

If only there was one among you who would see that the doors were shut, so that you might not put a light to the fire on my altar for nothing! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of armies, and I will not take an offering from your hands.

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Altars » Idolatrous altars

1 Kings 16:32

And he put up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria.

1 Kings 18:26

So they took the ox which was given them, and made it ready, crying out to Baal from morning till the middle of the day, and saying, O Baal, give ear to us. But there was no voice and no answer. And they were jumping up and down before the altar they had made.

Isaiah 27:9

So by this will the sin of Jacob be covered, and this is all the fruit of taking away his punishment; when all the stones of the altar are crushed together, so that the wood pillars and the sun-images will not be put up again.

Isaiah 65:3

A people who make me angry every day, making offerings in gardens, and burning perfumes on bricks.

Hosea 8:11

Because Ephraim has been increasing altars for sin, altars have become a cause of sin to him.

More verses: Acts 17:23

Altars » Of incense

Leviticus 4:7

And the priest is to put some of the blood on the horns of the altar on which perfume is burned before the Lord in the Tent of meeting, draining out all the rest of the blood of the ox at the base of the altar of burned offering which is at the door of the Tent of meeting.

1 Kings 7:48

And Solomon had all the vessels made for use in the house of the Lord: the altar of gold and the gold table on which the holy bread was placed;

Exodus 39:38

And the gold altar, and the holy oil, and the sweet perfume for burning, and the curtain for the doorway of the tent;

Exodus 30:1

And you are to make an altar for the burning of perfume; of hard wood let it be made.

1 Kings 6:22

Plates of gold were put all through the house till it was covered completely (and the altar in the inmost room was all covered with gold).

Altars » Laws regarding the building of

Ezekiel 43:13

And these are the measures of the altar in cubits: (the cubit being a cubit and a hand's measure;) its hollow base is a cubit high and a cubit wide, and it has an overhanging edge as wide as a hand-stretch all round it:

Exodus 20:24

Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing.

Deuteronomy 27:5

There you are to make an altar to the Lord your God, of stones on which no iron instrument has been used.

Joshua 8:31

In the way ordered by Moses, the servant of the Lord, as it is recorded in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of uncut stones, untouched by any iron instrument: and on it they made burned offerings and peace-offerings to the Lord.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of jacob

Genesis 33:20

And there he put up an altar, naming it El, the God of Israel.

Genesis 35:1

And God said to Jacob, Go up now to Beth-el and make your living-place there: and put up an altar there to the God who came to you when you were in flight from your brother Esau.

Genesis 35:3

And let us go up to Beth-el: and there I will make an altar to God, who gave me an answer in the day of my trouble, and was with me wherever I went.

Genesis 35:7

And there he made an altar, naming the place El-beth-el: because it was there he had the vision of God when he was in flight from his brother.

Altars » For idolatrous worship, often erected on roofs of houses

2 Kings 23:12

And the altars on the roof of the high room of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two outer squares of the house of the Lord, were pulled down and crushed to bits, and the dust of them was put into the stream Kidron.

Jeremiah 19:13

And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, which they have made unclean, will be like the place of Topheth, even all the houses on whose roofs perfumes have been burned to all the army of heaven, and drink offerings drained out to other gods.

Jeremiah 32:29

And the Chaldaeans, who are fighting against this town, will come and put the town on fire, burning it together with the houses, on the roofs of which perfumes have been burned to the Baal, and drink offerings have been drained out to other gods, moving me to wrath.

Altars » Idolaters planted groves near

Judges 6:30

Then the men of the town said to Joash, Make your son come out to be put to death, for pulling down the altar of Baal and cutting down the holy tree which was by it.

1 Kings 16:32-33

And he put up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria. And Ahab made an image of Asherah and did more than all the kings of Israel before him to make the Lord, the God of Israel, angry.

2 Kings 21:3

He put up again the high places which had been pulled down by Hezekiah his father; he made altars for Baal, and an Asherah, as Ahab, king of Israel, had done; he was a worshipper and servant of all the stars of heaven.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of balaam

Numbers 23:1

And Balaam said to Balak, Make me here seven altars and get ready seven oxen and seven male sheep.

Numbers 23:14

So he took him into the country of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and there they made seven altars, offering an ox and a male sheep on every altar

Numbers 23:29

And Balaam said to Balak, Make me seven altars here and get seven oxen and seven male sheep ready for me.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of abraham

Genesis 13:18

And Abram, moving his tent, came and made his living-place by the holy tree of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and made an altar there to the Lord.

Genesis 12:7

And the Lord came to Abram, and said, I will give all this land to your seed; then Abram made an altar there to the Lord who had let himself be seen by him.

Genesis 22:9

And they came to the place of which God had given him knowledge; and there Abraham made the altar and put the wood in place on it, and having made tight the bands round Isaac his son, he put him on the wood on the altar.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of the temple of solomon

2 Chronicles 4:1

Then he made a brass altar, twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high.

2 Chronicles 4:19

And Solomon made all the vessels used in the house of God, the gold altar and the tables on which the holy bread was placed,

Altars » Natural rocks sometimes used as

Judges 6:19-21

Then Gideon went in and made ready a young goat, and with an ephah of meal he made unleavened cakes: he put the meat in a basket and the soup in which it had been cooked he put in a pot, and he took it out to him under the oak-tree and gave it to him there. And the angel of God said to him, Take the meat and the unleavened cakes and put them down on the rock over there, draining out the soup over them. And he did so. Then the angel of the Lord put out the stick which was in his hand, touching the meat and the cakes with the end of it; and a flame came up out of the rock, burning up the meat and the cakes: and the angel of the Lord was seen no longer.

Judges 13:19-20

So Manoah took the young goat with its meal offering, offering it on the rock to the Lord, who did strange things. And when the flame went up to heaven from the altar, the angel of the Lord went up in the flame of the altar, while Manoah and his wife were looking on; and they went down on their faces to the earth.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of david

2 Samuel 24:21

And Araunah said, Why has my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To give you a price for your grain-floor, so that I may put up an altar to the Lord, and the disease may be stopped among the people.

2 Samuel 24:25

And there David put up an altar to the Lord, making burned offerings and peace-offerings. So the Lord gave ear to his prayer for the land, and the disease came to an end in Israel.

Altars » For idolatrous worship, to be destroyed

Exodus 34:13

But their altars are to be overturned and their pillars broken and their images cut down:

Deuteronomy 7:5

But this is what you are to do to them: their altars are to be pulled down and their pillars broken, and their holy trees cut down and their images burned with fire.

Altars » Afforded no protection to murderers

Exodus 21:14

But if a man makes an attack on his neighbour on purpose, to put him to death by deceit, you are to take him from my altar and put him to death.

1 Kings 2:18-34

And Bath-sheba said, Good! I will make your request to the king. So Bath-sheba went to King Solomon to have talk with him on Adonijah's account. And the king got up to come to her, and went down low to the earth before her; then he took his place on the king's seat and had a seat made ready for the king's mother and she took her place at his right hand. Then she said, I have one small request to make to you; do not say, No, to me. And the king said, Say on, my mother, for I will not say, No, to you. read more.
And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother for a wife. Then King Solomon made answer and said to his mother, Why are you requesting me to give Abishag the Shunammite to Adonijah? Take the kingdom for him in addition, for he is my older brother, and Abiathar the priest and Joab, the son of Zeruiah, are on his side. Then King Solomon took an oath by the Lord, saying, May God's punishment be on me if Adonijah does not give payment for these words with his life. Now by the living Lord, who has given me my place on the seat of David my father, and made me one of a line of kings, as he gave me his word, truly Adonijah will be put to death this day. And King Solomon sent Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, and he made an attack on him and put him to death. And to Abiathar the priest the king said, Go to Anathoth, to your fields; for death would be your right reward; but I will not put you to death now, because you took up the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and you were with him in all his troubles. So Solomon let Abiathar be priest no longer, so that he might make the word of the Lord come true which he said about the sons of Eli in Shiloh. And news of this came to Joab; for Joab had been one of Adonijah's supporters, though he had not been on Absalom's side. Then Joab went in flight to the Tent of the Lord, and put his hands on the horns of the altar. And they said to King Solomon, Joab has gone in flight to the Tent of the Lord and is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, make an attack on him. And Benaiah came to the Tent of the Lord and said to him, The king says, Come out. And he said, No; but let death come to me here. And Benaiah went back to the king and gave him word of the answer which Joab had given. And the king said, Do as he has said and make an attack on him there, and put his body into the earth; so that you may take away from me and from my family the blood of one put to death by Joab without cause. And the Lord will send back his blood on his head, because of the attack he made on two men more upright and better than himself, putting them to the sword without my father's knowledge; even Abner, the son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel, and Amasa, the son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah. So their blood will be on the head of Joab, and on the head of his seed for ever; but for David and his seed and his family and the seat of his kingdom, there will be peace for ever from the Lord. So Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, went up, and falling on him, put him to death; and his body was put to rest in his house in the waste land.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » of moses

Exodus 24:4

Then Moses put down in writing all the words of the Lord, and he got up early in the morning and made an altar at the foot of the mountain, with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.

Altars » The jews not to plant groves near

Deuteronomy 16:21

Let no holy tree of any sort be planted by the altar of the Lord your God which you will make.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of ahaz

2 Kings 16:10-12

Then King Ahaz went to Damascus for a meeting with Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria; and there he saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest a copy of the altar, giving the design of it and all the details of its structure. And from the copy King Ahaz sent from Damascus, Urijah made an altar and had it ready by the time King Ahaz came back from Damascus. And when the king came from Damascus, he saw the altar; and he went up on it and made an offering on it.

Altars » Probable origin of inscriptions on

Deuteronomy 27:8

And put on the stones all the words of this law, writing them very clearly.

Altars » To be made of earth, or unhewn stone

Exodus 20:24-25

Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing. And if you make me an altar of stone do not make it of cut stones: for the touch of an instrument will make it unclean.

Altars » Protection afforded by

1 Kings 1:50-51

And Adonijah himself was full of fear because of Solomon; and he got up and went to the altar, and put his hands on its horns. And they gave Solomon word of it, saying, See, Adonijah goes in such fear of King Solomon, that he has put his hands on the horns of the altar, saying, Let King Solomon first give me his oath that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of joshua

Joshua 8:30-31

Then Joshua put up an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel, in Mount Ebal, In the way ordered by Moses, the servant of the Lord, as it is recorded in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of uncut stones, untouched by any iron instrument: and on it they made burned offerings and peace-offerings to the Lord.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of gideon

Judges 6:26-27

Make an altar to the Lord your God on the top of this rock, in the ordered way and take the ox and make a burned offering with the wood of the holy tree which has been cut down. Then Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord had said to him; but fearing to do it by day, because of his father's people and the men of the town, he did it by night.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of jeroboam at bethel

1 Kings 12:33

He went up to the altar he had made in Beth-el on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, the month fixed by him at his pleasure; and he gave orders for a feast for the people of Israel, and went up to the altar, and there he made the smoke of his offerings go up.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » For burnt-offering

Exodus 27:1-8

And make an altar of hard wood, a square altar, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high. Put horns at the four angles of it, made of the same, plating it all with brass. And make all its vessels, the baskets for taking away the dust of the fire, the spades and basins and meat-hooks and fire-trays, of brass. read more.
And make a network of brass, with four brass rings at its four angles. And put the network under the shelf round the altar so that the net comes half-way up the altar. And make rods for the altar, of hard wood, plated with brass. And put the rods through the rings at the two opposite sides of the altar, for lifting it. The altar is to be hollow, boarded in with wood; make it from the design which you saw on the mountain.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » For incense

Exodus 30:1-6

And you are to make an altar for the burning of perfume; of hard wood let it be made. The altar is to be square, a cubit long and a cubit wide, and two cubits high, and its horns are to be made of the same. It is to be plated with the best gold, the top of it and the sides and the horns, with an edging of gold all round it. read more.
Under the edge on the two opposite sides, you are to make two gold rings, to take the rods for lifting it. And make these rods of the same wood, plating them with gold. And let it be placed in front of the veil before the ark of the law, before the cover which is over the law, where I will come face to face with you.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of samuel

1 Samuel 7:17

And his base was at Ramah, where his house was; there he was judge of Israel and there he made an altar to the Lord.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of isaac

Genesis 26:25

Then he made an altar there, and gave worship to the name of the Lord, and he put up his tents there, and there his servants made a water-hole.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of reubenites, &c east of jordan

Joshua 22:10

Now when they came to the country by Jordan in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh put up there, by Jordan, a great altar, seen from far.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of noah

Altars » Were not to have steps up to them

Exodus 20:26

And do not go up by steps to my altar, for fear that your bodies may be seen uncovered.

Altars » Designed for sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of the people of israel

Judges 21:4

Then on the day after, the people got up early and made an altar there, offering burned offerings and peace-offerings.

Altars » Of brick, hateful to God

Isaiah 65:3

A people who make me angry every day, making offerings in gardens, and burning perfumes on bricks.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of the second temple

Ezra 3:2-3

Then Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and his brothers the priests, and Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, with his brothers, got up and made the altar of the God of Israel for burned offerings as is recorded in the law of Moses, the man of God. They put the altar on its base; for fear was on them because of the people of the countries: and they made burned offerings on it to the Lord, even burned offerings morning and evening.

Altars » Mentioned in scripture » Of the athenians

Acts 17:23

For when I came by, I was looking at the things to which you give worship, and I saw an altar with this writing on it, TO THE GOD OF WHOM THERE IS NO KNOWLEDGE. Now, what you, without knowledge, give worship to, I make clear to you.

Brass » Made into » Altars

Exodus 39:39

And the brass altar, with its network of brass, and its rods and all its vessels, and the washing-vessel and its base;

Exodus 27:2

Put horns at the four angles of it, made of the same, plating it all with brass.

Brick » Altars

Isaiah 65:3

A people who make me angry every day, making offerings in gardens, and burning perfumes on bricks.

The tribe of Gad » Assists » Assisted » Building » Altars » Jealousy

Joshua 22:10-29

Now when they came to the country by Jordan in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh put up there, by Jordan, a great altar, seen from far. And news came to the children of Israel, See, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have put up an altar opposite the land of Canaan, in the country by Jordan on the side which is Israel's. Then all the meeting of the children of Israel, hearing this, came together at Shiloh to go up against them to war. read more.
And the children of Israel sent Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest, to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead, And with him they sent ten chiefs, one for every tribe of the children of Israel, every one of them the head of his house among the families of Israel. And they came to the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead, and said to them, This is what all the meeting of the people of the Lord has said, What is this wrong which you have done against the God of Israel, turning back this day from the Lord and building an altar for yourselves, and being false to the Lord? Was not the sin of Baal-peor great enough, from which we are not clear even to this day, though punishment came on the people of the Lord, That now you are turned back from the Lord? and, because you are false to him today, tomorrow his wrath will be let loose on all the people of Israel. But if the land you now have is unclean, come over into the Lord's land where his House is, and take up your heritage among us: but do not be false to the Lord and to us by building yourselves an altar in addition to the altar of the Lord our God. Did not Achan, the son of Zerah, do wrong about the cursed thing, causing wrath to come on all the people of Israel? And not on him only came the punishment of death. Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh said in answer to the heads of the families of Israel, God, even God the Lord, God, even God the Lord, he sees, and Israel will see--if it is in pride or in sin against the Lord, That we have made ourselves an altar, being false to the Lord, keep us not safe from death this day; and if for the purpose of offering burned offerings on it and meal offerings, or peace-offerings, let the Lord himself send punishment for it; And if we have not, in fact, done this designedly and with purpose, having in our minds the fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, What have you to do with the Lord, the God of Israel? For the Lord has made Jordan a line of division between us and you, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad; you have no part in the Lord: so your children will make our children give up fearing the Lord. So we said, Let us now make an altar for ourselves, not for burned offerings or for the offerings of beasts: But to be a witness between us and you, and between the future generations, that we have the right of worshipping the Lord with our burned offerings and our offerings of beasts and our peace-offerings; so that your children will not be able to say to our children in time to come, You have no part in the Lord. For we said to ourselves, If they say this to us or to future generations, then we will say, See this copy of the Lord's altar which our fathers made, not for burned offerings or offerings of beasts, but for a witness between us and you. Never let it be said that we were false to the Lord, turning back this day from him and building an altar for burned offerings and meal offerings and offerings of beasts, in addition to the altar of the Lord our God which is before his House.

Rocks » Used as » Altars

Judges 13:19

So Manoah took the young goat with its meal offering, offering it on the rock to the Lord, who did strange things.

Judges 6:20-21

And the angel of God said to him, Take the meat and the unleavened cakes and put them down on the rock over there, draining out the soup over them. And he did so. Then the angel of the Lord put out the stick which was in his hand, touching the meat and the cakes with the end of it; and a flame came up out of the rock, burning up the meat and the cakes: and the angel of the Lord was seen no longer.

Topics on Altars

Altars, Made Of

Exodus 20:24

Make for me an altar of earth, offering on it your burned offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen: in every place where I have put the memory of my name, I will come to you and give you my blessing.

Altars, Pagan

1 Kings 16:32

And he put up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria.

Building Altars

Numbers 23:1

And Balaam said to Balak, Make me here seven altars and get ready seven oxen and seven male sheep.

Copies Of Altars

Joshua 22:28

For we said to ourselves, If they say this to us or to future generations, then we will say, See this copy of the Lord's altar which our fathers made, not for burned offerings or offerings of beasts, but for a witness between us and you.

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