High Places

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Habakkuk 3:19

Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights!

Deuteronomy 32:13

He made him ride on the heights of the land and eat the produce of the field. He nourished him with honey from the rock and oil from flintlike rock,

Psalm 18:33

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and sets me securely on the heights.

2 Samuel 22:34

He makes my feet like [the feet of] a deer and sets me securely on the heights.

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Sacrificing On The High Places

Ezekiel 20:28

When I brought them into the land that I swore to give them and they saw any high hill or leafy tree, they offered their sacrifices and presented their offensive offerings there. They also sent up their pleasing aromas and poured out their drink offerings there.

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Amos 4:13

He is here: the One who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, the One who makes the dawn out of darkness and strides on the heights of the earth. Yahweh, the God of Hosts, is His name.

Micah 1:3

Look, the Lord is leaving His place and coming down to trample the heights of the earth.

1 Kings 3:2-3

However, the people were sacrificing on the high places, because until that time a temple for the Lord's name had not been built. Solomon loved the Lord by walking in the statutes of his father David, but he also sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

1 Samuel 9:12

The women answered, "Yes, he is ahead of you. Hurry, he just now came to the city, because there's a sacrifice for the people at the high place today.

1 Samuel 9:13-14

If you go quickly, you can catch up with him before he goes to the high place to eat. The people won't eat until he comes because he must bless the sacrifice; after that, the guests can eat. Go up immediately-you can find him now." So they went up toward the city. Saul and his attendant were entering the city when they saw Samuel coming toward them on his way to the high place.

1 Samuel 10:5

"After that you will come to the Hill of God where there are Philistine garrisons. When you arrive at the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place prophesying. They will be preceded by harps, tambourines, flutes, and lyres.

Deuteronomy 33:29

How happy you are, Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is the shield that protects you, the sword you boast in. Your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread on their backs.

Isaiah 15:2

Dibon went up to its temple to weep at its high places. Moab wails on Nebo and at Medeba. Every head is shaved; every beard is cut off.

Isaiah 16:12

When Moab appears on the high place, when he tires himself out and comes to his sanctuary to pray, it will do him no good.

1 Kings 12:31

Jeroboam also built shrines on the high places and set up priests from every class of people who were not Levites.

Leviticus 26:30

I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and heap your dead bodies on the lifeless bodies of your idols; I will reject you.

Numbers 33:52

you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places.

Deuteronomy 12:2

Destroy completely all the places where the nations you are driving out worship their gods-on the high mountains, on the hills, and under every flourishing tree.

Ezekiel 20:28-29

When I brought them into the land that I swore to give them and they saw any high hill or leafy tree, they offered their sacrifices and presented their offensive offerings there. They also sent up their pleasing aromas and poured out their drink offerings there. So I asked them: What is this high place you are going to? And it is called High Place to this day.

Jeremiah 17:3

My mountains in the countryside. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give up as plunder because of the sin of your high places within all your borders.

Jeremiah 32:35

They have built the high places of Baal in the Valley of Hinnom to make their sons and daughters pass through [the fire] to Molech-something I had not commanded them. I had never entertained the thought that they do this detestable act causing Judah to sin!

1 Kings 11:7

At that time, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab, and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites on the hill across from Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 32:12

Didn't Hezekiah himself remove His high places and His altars and say to Judah and Jerusalem: "You must worship before one altar, and you must burn incense on it"?

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places and shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah [poles]. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.

2 Chronicles 31:1

When all this was completed, all Israel who had attended went out to the cities of Judah and broke up the sacred pillars, chopped down the Asherah poles, and tore down the high places and altars throughout Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, to the last one.Then all the Israelites returned to their cities, each to his own possession.

2 Kings 17:11

They burned incense on all the high places just like those nations that the Lord had driven out before them. They did evil things, provoking the Lord.

2 Kings 23:20

He slaughtered on the altars all the priests of the high places who were there, and he burned human bones on the altars. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 28:25

He made high places in every city of Judah to offer incense to other gods, and he provoked the God of his ancestors.

Ezekiel 43:7

He said to me: "Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the Israelites forever. [The house of] Israel and their kings will no longer defile My holy name by their [religious] prostitution and by the corpses of their kings at their high places.

2 Chronicles 14:3

He removed the pagan altars and the high places. He shattered their sacred pillars and chopped down their Asherah poles.

2 Chronicles 17:6

His mind rejoiced in the Lord's ways, and he again removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

2 Kings 23:5

Then he did away with the idolatrous priests the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense at the high places in the cities of Judah and in the areas surrounding Jerusalem. They had burned incense to Baal, and to the sun, moon, constellations, and the whole heavenly host.

2 Kings 23:8

Then Josiah brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and he defiled the high places from Geba to Beer-sheba, where the priests had burned incense. He tore down the high places of the gates at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city (on the left at the city gate).

1 Kings 15:14

The high places were not taken away; but Asa's heart was completely with the Lord his entire life.

1 Kings 22:43

He walked in all the ways of his father Asa; he did not turn away from them but did what was right in the Lord's sight. However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

2 Kings 12:2-3

Throughout the time Jehoiada the priest instructed him, Joash did what was right in the Lord's sight. Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

2 Kings 14:3-4

He did what was right in the Lord's sight, but not like his ancestor David. He did everything his father Joash had done. Yet, the high places were not taken away, and the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

2 Kings 15:3-4

Azariah did what was right in the Lord's sight just as his father Amaziah had done. Yet, the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

2 Chronicles 20:32-33

He walked in the way of Asa his father; he did not turn away from it but did what was right in the Lord's sight. However, the high places were not taken away; the people had not yet determined in their hearts [to worship] the God of their ancestors.

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High places » Sometimes used for true worship

Genesis 22:2

"Take your son," He said, "your only [son] Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

1 Samuel 10:5

"After that you will come to the Hill of God where there are Philistine garrisons. When you arrive at the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place prophesying. They will be preceded by harps, tambourines, flutes, and lyres.

Genesis 31:54

Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and invited his relatives to eat a meal. So they ate a meal and spent the night on the mountain.

1 Kings 18:19

Now summon all Israel to meet me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel's table."

1 Kings 3:4

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there because it was the most famous high place. He offered 1,000 burnt offerings on that altar.

More verses: Judges 6:26 1 Samuel 9:12

High places » A term used to describe places of worship

Genesis 12:8

From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and worshiped Him.

2 Samuel 24:25

He built an altar to the Lord there and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered prayer on behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel ended.

Genesis 22:2

"Take your son," He said, "your only [son] Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

Genesis 31:54

Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain and invited his relatives to eat a meal. So they ate a meal and spent the night on the mountain.

1 Kings 18:38

Then Yahweh's fire fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.

High places » Condemned

Numbers 33:52

you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places.

1 Kings 13:32

for the word that he cried out by a revelation from the Lord against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines of the high places in the cities of Samaria is certain to happen."

Jeremiah 7:31

They have built the high places of Tophethin the Valley of Hinnomin order to burn their sons and daughters in the fire, a thing I did not command; I never entertained the thought.

2 Chronicles 14:3

He removed the pagan altars and the high places. He shattered their sacred pillars and chopped down their Asherah poles.

Leviticus 26:30

I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and heap your dead bodies on the lifeless bodies of your idols; I will reject you.

High places » Signify a place of idolatrous worship

1 Kings 11:7

At that time, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab, and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites on the hill across from Jerusalem.

2 Kings 17:29

But [the people of] each nation, in the cities where they lived, were still making their own gods and putting them in the shrines of the high places that the Samaritans had made.

Jeremiah 7:31

They have built the high places of Tophethin the Valley of Hinnomin order to burn their sons and daughters in the fire, a thing I did not command; I never entertained the thought.

1 Kings 12:31

Jeroboam also built shrines on the high places and set up priests from every class of people who were not Levites.

1 Kings 22:43

He walked in all the ways of his father Asa; he did not turn away from them but did what was right in the Lord's sight. However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

High places » God sometimes worshipped on

1 Kings 3:4

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there because it was the most famous high place. He offered 1,000 burnt offerings on that altar.

1 Samuel 9:12

The women answered, "Yes, he is ahead of you. Hurry, he just now came to the city, because there's a sacrifice for the people at the high place today.

1 Kings 3:2

However, the people were sacrificing on the high places, because until that time a temple for the Lord's name had not been built.

2 Chronicles 33:17

However, the people still sacrificed at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.

High places » Destroyed by » Asa, partially

2 Chronicles 15:17

The high places were not taken away from Israel; nevertheless, Asa was wholehearted his entire life.

2 Chronicles 14:3

He removed the pagan altars and the high places. He shattered their sacred pillars and chopped down their Asherah poles.

High places » Destroyed by » hezekiah

2 Chronicles 31:1

When all this was completed, all Israel who had attended went out to the cities of Judah and broke up the sacred pillars, chopped down the Asherah poles, and tore down the high places and altars throughout Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, to the last one.Then all the Israelites returned to their cities, each to his own possession.

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places and shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah [poles]. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.

High places » Destroyed by » Josiah

2 Chronicles 34:3

In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a youth, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David, and in the twelfth year he began to cleanse Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherah poles, the carved images, and the cast images.

2 Kings 23:8

Then Josiah brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and he defiled the high places from Geba to Beer-sheba, where the priests had burned incense. He tore down the high places of the gates at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city (on the left at the city gate).

High places » Built by » Manasseh

2 Kings 21:3

He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah, as King Ahab of Israel had done; he also worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.

2 Chronicles 33:3

He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had torn down and reestablished the altars for the Baals. He made Asherah poles, and he worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.

High places » The jews » Built, in all their streets

Ezekiel 16:24

"you built yourself a mound and made yourself an elevated place in every square.

Ezekiel 16:31

building your mound at the head of every street and making your elevated place in every square. But you were unlike a prostitute because you scorned payment.

High places » The jews » Punished for

2 Kings 17:11

They burned incense on all the high places just like those nations that the Lord had driven out before them. They did evil things, provoking the Lord.

2 Kings 17:18

Therefore, the Lord was very angry with Israel, and He removed them from His presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained.

High places » Priests ordained for

1 Kings 12:32

Jeroboam made a festival in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the festival in Judah. He offered sacrifices on the altar; he made this offering in Bethel to sacrifice to the calves he had set up. He also stationed in Bethel the priests for the high places he had set up.

1 Kings 13:33

After all this Jeroboam did not repent of his evil way but again set up priests from every class of people for the high places. Whoever so desired it, he ordained, and they became priests of the high places.

High places » Sacrifices and incense offered to idols upon

2 Kings 12:3

Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

2 Kings 16:4

He sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.

High places » Enchantments used upon

Numbers 24:1

Since Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go to seek omens as on previous occasions, but turned toward the wilderness.

Numbers 23:3

Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here by your burnt offering while I am gone. Maybe the Lord will meet with me. I will tell you whatever He reveals to me." So he went to a barren hill.

High places » Built by » Jehoram

2 Chronicles 21:11

Jehoram also built high places in the hills of Judah, and he caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, and he led Judah astray.

High places » Built by » Ahaz

2 Chronicles 28:25

He made high places in every city of Judah to offer incense to other gods, and he provoked the God of his ancestors.

High places » The idolatrous, to be destroyed

Numbers 33:52

you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places.

Leviticus 26:30

I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and heap your dead bodies on the lifeless bodies of your idols; I will reject you.

High places » Destroyed by » Jehoshaphat

2 Chronicles 17:6

His mind rejoiced in the Lord's ways, and he again removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

High places » The jews » Condemned for building

Ezekiel 16:23-35

"Then after all your evil-Woe, woe to you!"-the declaration of the Lord God - "you built yourself a mound and made yourself an elevated place in every square. You built your elevated place at the head of every street and turned your beauty into an abomination. You spread your legs to everyone who passed by and increased your prostitution. read more.
You engaged in promiscuous acts with Egyptian men, your well-endowed neighbors, and increased your prostitution to provoke Me to anger. "Therefore, I stretched out My hand against you and reduced your provisions. I gave you over to the desire of those who hate you, the Philistine women, who were embarrassed by your indecent behavior. Then you engaged in prostitution with the Assyrian men because you were not satisfied. Even though you did this with them, you were still not satisfied. So you extended your prostitution to Chaldea, the land of merchants, but you were not even satisfied with this! "How your heart was inflamed [with lust]"-the declaration of the Lord God -"when you did all these things, the acts of a brazen prostitute, building your mound at the head of every street and making your elevated place in every square. But you were unlike a prostitute because you scorned payment. You adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband! Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave gifts to all your lovers. You bribed them to come to you from all around for your sexual favors. So you were the opposite of other women in your acts of prostitution; no one solicited you. When you paid a fee instead of one being paid to you, you were the opposite. "Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the Lord!

High places » The jews » Provoked God with

1 Kings 14:22-23

Judah did what was evil in the Lord's eyes. They provoked Him to jealous anger more than all that their ancestors had done with the sins they committed. They also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree;

High places » The jews » Threatened with destruction of

Leviticus 26:30

I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and heap your dead bodies on the lifeless bodies of your idols; I will reject you.

High places » Used for idolatrous worship

1 Kings 11:7-8

At that time, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab, and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites on the hill across from Jerusalem. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who were burning incense and offering sacrifices to their gods.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Tophet

Jeremiah 7:31

They have built the high places of Tophethin the Valley of Hinnomin order to burn their sons and daughters in the fire, a thing I did not command; I never entertained the thought.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Bamah

Ezekiel 20:29

So I asked them: What is this high place you are going to? And it is called High Place to this day.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Arnon

Numbers 21:28

For fire came out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the lords of Arnon's heights.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Baal

Numbers 22:41

In the morning, Balak took Balaam and brought him to Bamoth-baal. From there he saw the outskirts of the people's camp.

High places » Built by » People of judah

1 Kings 14:23

They also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree;

High places » Built by » Jeroboam

1 Kings 12:31

Jeroboam also built shrines on the high places and set up priests from every class of people who were not Levites.

High places » Of the canaanites to be destroyed

Numbers 33:52

you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places.

High places » Surrounded with groves

1 Kings 14:23

They also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree;

High places » Adorned with tapestry

Ezekiel 16:16

You took some of your garments and made colorful high places for yourself, and you engaged in prostitution on them. These places should not have been built, and this should never have happened!

High places » Jotham

2 Kings 15:35

Yet, the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places. It was Jotham who built the Upper Gate of the Lord's temple.

High places » The jews » Built, in their cities

2 Kings 17:9

The Israelites secretly did what was not right against the Lord their God. They built high places in all their towns from watchtower to fortified city.

High places » Built by » People of israel

2 Kings 17:9

The Israelites secretly did what was not right against the Lord their God. They built high places in all their towns from watchtower to fortified city.

High places » Built by » Solomon

1 Kings 11:7

At that time, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the detestable idol of Moab, and for Milcom, the detestable idol of the Ammonites on the hill across from Jerusalem.

High places » Licentious practices at

Ezekiel 16:24-43

"you built yourself a mound and made yourself an elevated place in every square. You built your elevated place at the head of every street and turned your beauty into an abomination. You spread your legs to everyone who passed by and increased your prostitution. You engaged in promiscuous acts with Egyptian men, your well-endowed neighbors, and increased your prostitution to provoke Me to anger. read more.
"Therefore, I stretched out My hand against you and reduced your provisions. I gave you over to the desire of those who hate you, the Philistine women, who were embarrassed by your indecent behavior. Then you engaged in prostitution with the Assyrian men because you were not satisfied. Even though you did this with them, you were still not satisfied. So you extended your prostitution to Chaldea, the land of merchants, but you were not even satisfied with this! "How your heart was inflamed [with lust]"-the declaration of the Lord God -"when you did all these things, the acts of a brazen prostitute, building your mound at the head of every street and making your elevated place in every square. But you were unlike a prostitute because you scorned payment. You adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband! Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave gifts to all your lovers. You bribed them to come to you from all around for your sexual favors. So you were the opposite of other women in your acts of prostitution; no one solicited you. When you paid a fee instead of one being paid to you, you were the opposite. "Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says: Because your lust was poured out and your nakedness exposed by your acts of prostitution with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols and the blood of your children that you gave to them, I am therefore going to gather all the lovers you pleased-all those you loved as well as all those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and expose your nakedness to them so they see you completely naked. I will judge you the way adulteresses and those who shed blood are judged. Then I will bring about your bloodshed in wrath and jealousy. I will hand you over to them, and they will level your mounds and tear down your elevated places. They will strip off your clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you stark naked. They will bring a mob against you to stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords. Then they will burn down your houses and execute judgments against you in the sight of many women. I will stop you from being a prostitute, and you will never again pay fees for lovers. So I will satisfy My wrath against you, and My jealousy will turn away from you. Then I will be silent and no longer angry. Because you did not remember the days of your youth but enraged Me with all these things, I will also bring your actions down on your own head." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God . "Haven't you committed immoral acts in addition to all your abominations?

High places » Jehoash

2 Kings 12:3

Yet the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

High places » Azariah

2 Kings 15:4

Yet, the high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

High places » Amaziah

2 Kings 14:4

Yet, the high places were not taken away, and the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

1 Kings 3:4

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there because it was the most famous high place. He offered 1,000 burnt offerings on that altar.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Aven

Hosea 10:8

The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed; thorns and thistles will grow over their altars. They will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills, "Fall on us!"

High places » Jehoshaphat destroys

2 Chronicles 17:6

His mind rejoiced in the Lord's ways, and he again removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

High places » Hezekiah destroys

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places and shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah [poles]. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.

High places » Josiah destroys

2 Kings 23:8

Then Josiah brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and he defiled the high places from Geba to Beer-sheba, where the priests had burned incense. He tore down the high places of the gates at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city (on the left at the city gate).

High places » Asa destroys

2 Chronicles 14:3

He removed the pagan altars and the high places. He shattered their sacred pillars and chopped down their Asherah poles.

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