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Habakkuk 3:19

The LORD God is my strength he will make my feet like those of a deer, equipping me to tread on my mountain heights. For the choir director: On my stringed instruments.

Deuteronomy 32:13

He mounted him on a high place above the earth, feeding him from the produce of the field. He nourished him with honey from the rock and with oil from the flint rock,

Psalm 18:33

who makes my feet swift as the deer; who makes me stand on high places;

2 Samuel 22:34

He has made my feet like those of a deer, setting me secure on his high places!

Amos 4:13

Look! The one who crafts mountains, who creates the wind, who reveals what he is thinking to mankind, who darkens the morning light, who tramples down the high places of the land the LORD, the God of the Heavenly Armies is his name.

Micah 1:3

Look here! The LORD is coming from his place! He will come down and will trample down the high places throughout the land.

1 Kings 3:2-3

The people were sacrificing at various high places because the Temple had not yet been built and dedicated to the LORD. Solomon loved the LORD, and lived according to the statutes that his father David obeyed, except that he sacrificed and burned offerings at the high places.

1 Samuel 9:12

They answered them: "Yes, he's right there ahead of you. Hurry, for he came to town just today because there is a sacrifice for the people on the high place today.

1 Samuel 9:13-14

When you come into town you can find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. For the people don't eat until he arrives, because he must bless the sacrifice and then after that those who are invited will eat. So go up right now because you can find him now." They went up to the town, and as they were coming to the center of the town, Samuel was coming out to meet them, on his way up to the high place.

1 Samuel 10:5

"After that you will come to Gibeath-elohim where the Philistine garrison is. As you arrive there at the town, you'll meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre being played in front of them, and they'll be prophesying.

Deuteronomy 33:29

How blessed are you, Israel! Who can be like you, a people delivered by the LORD, your shield of help and your finely crafted sword. May your enemies cower before you. You will tread down their high places."

Isaiah 15:2

He has gone up to the temple, and to Dibon, to the high places to weep; over Nebo and over Medeba Moab wails. His head is completely bald, and every beard is shaved off.

Isaiah 16:12

When Moab appears, when he arrives upon the high place and comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail."

1 Kings 12:31

Jeroboam built temples on the high places, and appointed his own priests from the fringe elements of the people who were not descendants of Levi.

Leviticus 26:30

I'll destroy your high places and cut down your sun pillars. Then I'll cast your dead bodies on top of the bodies of your idols. I'll loathe you.

Numbers 33:52

they are to drive out all the inhabitants of the land and destroy all their idols and their molten images. You are to demolish all their high places,

Deuteronomy 12:2

Be sure you destroy there all the places where the nations that you're going to dispossess serve their gods upon the high mountains and hills and under every leafy tree.

Ezekiel 20:28-29

I brought them to the land that I had promised to give them. But whenever they saw any high hill and or any leafy tree, they slaughtered their sacrifices there and presented their offerings that provoked my anger. There they presented their pleasing aromas and poured out their drink offering. So I asked them, "What is the high place to which you're going?' That's why the name of the place has been called Bamah to this day."'

Jeremiah 17:3

My mountain in the field, your wealth and your treasures I'll give as spoil; along with your high places as the price of your sin throughout your territory.

Jeremiah 32:35

They built the high places of Baal that are in the Hinnom Valley in order to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech something that I didn't command, nor did it ever enter my mind for them to require this utterly repugnant thing and lead Judah into sin."

1 Kings 11:7

Later, Solomon even constructed a high place on the mountain east of Jerusalem that was dedicated to Chemosh, that detestable Moabite idol, and to Molech, the detestable Ammonite idol.

2 Chronicles 32:12

Isn't this the very same Hezekiah who removed this god's high places and altars? Isn't this the same Hezekiah who issued this order to Judah and Jerusalem: "You are to worship in front of only one altar and burn your sacrifices only on it."?

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places, demolished the sacred pillars, and tore down the Asherah poles. He also demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had crafted, because the Israelis had been burning incense to it right up until that time. Hezekiah called it a piece of brass.

2 Chronicles 31:1

At the conclusion of all of these activities, everybody in Israel who was in attendance traveled throughout the cities of Judah, broke down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim, and broke down the high places and altars throughout the territories of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh until they had eliminated all of them. Then the people of Israel went back to their cities and back to their work.

2 Kings 17:11

where they made offerings on all the high places, as did the nations whom the LORD had expelled before them. They also practiced other wickedness, provoking the LORD to become angry,

2 Kings 23:20

After he had slaughtered all the priests who served at the high places and burned their bones on those high places, he returned to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 28:25

and established high places in every city of Judah where incense was burned to other gods, thus provoking the LORD God of his ancestors to anger.

Ezekiel 43:7

"Son of Man," the Lord GOD told me, "This is where my throne is, where I place the soles of my feet, and where I will live among the Israelis forever. The house of Israel will no longer defile my holy name neither they nor their kings by their unfaithfulness, by the lifeless idols of their kings on their funeral mounds,

2 Chronicles 14:3

by removing the foreign altars and high places, tearing down the sacred pillars, cutting down the Asherim, and

2 Chronicles 17:6

He remained committed to following the LORD, and he removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

2 Kings 23:5

The king unseated the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense in the high places throughout the cities of Judah and in the environs surrounding Jerusalem, including those who had been burning incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to every star in the heavens.

2 Kings 23:8

Then he gathered together all the priests from the cities of Judah and defiled the high places from Geba to Beer-sheba, where the priests had burned incense. He also demolished the high places of the gates that had been erected to the left as one enters the city gate that is, near the entrance operated by Joshua, the governor of the city.

1 Kings 15:14

Nevertheless, the high places were not removed, even though Asa's heart was blameless toward the LORD all of his life.

1 Kings 22:43

He lived like his father Asa and never abandoned that life. He did what the LORD considered to be right. Nevertheless, the high places were not demolished, and the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.

2 Kings 12:2-3

Jehoash did what the LORD considered to be right during the entire time when Jehoiada the priest was instructing him, except that the high places were not demolished, so the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.

2 Kings 14:3-4

He practiced what the LORD considered to be right, but not like his ancestor David did. He acted as his father Joash had done, except that the high places were not abolished. The people continued to offer sacrifices and to burn incense on the high places.

2 Kings 15:3-4

He did what the LORD considered to be right, just as his father Amaziah had done in everything, except that the high places were never removed, and the people kept on sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

2 Chronicles 20:32-33

He followed the example of his father Asa and never departed from it, practicing what the LORD considered to be right. However, the high places were not removed, since the people had not yet directed their hearts to the God of their ancestors.

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High places » Sometimes used for true worship

Genesis 22:2

God said, "Please take your son, your unique son whom you love Isaac and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him as a burnt offering there on one of the mountains that I will point out to you."

1 Samuel 10:5

"After that you will come to Gibeath-elohim where the Philistine garrison is. As you arrive there at the town, you'll meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre being played in front of them, and they'll be prophesying.

Genesis 31:54

So Jacob made an oath by his father's Fear, offered sacrifices there on the mountain, and called on his relatives to eat some food. So they ate the food and spent the night on the mountain.

1 Kings 18:19

So go gather all of Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. Bring along 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah who are funded at Jezebel's expense."

1 Kings 3:4

The king used to go to Gibeon to sacrifice, since there was a famous high place there, where Solomon once 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 Abram traveled on to the hill country east of Bethel and set up his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

2 Samuel 24:25

built an altar to the LORD there, and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD answered David's prayers for the land and the pestilence on Israel was averted.

Genesis 22:2

God said, "Please take your son, your unique son whom you love Isaac and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him as a burnt offering there on one of the mountains that I will point out to you."

Genesis 31:54

So Jacob made an oath by his father's Fear, offered sacrifices there on the mountain, and called on his relatives to eat some food. So they ate the food and spent the night on the mountain.

1 Kings 18:38

Right then the LORD's fire fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, the dust, and even the water that was in the trench!

High places » Condemned

Numbers 33:52

they are to drive out all the inhabitants of the land and destroy all their idols and their molten images. You are to demolish all their high places,

1 Kings 13:32

because what he predicted by a message from the LORD against the altar in Bethel and the temples built in the high places of the cities of Samaria will certainly come about."

Jeremiah 7:31

They have built high places at Topheth in the Valley of Ben-hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire. I didn't command this, and it never entered my mind!

2 Chronicles 14:3

by removing the foreign altars and high places, tearing down the sacred pillars, cutting down the Asherim, and

Leviticus 26:30

I'll destroy your high places and cut down your sun pillars. Then I'll cast your dead bodies on top of the bodies of your idols. I'll loathe you.

High places » Signify a place of idolatrous worship

1 Kings 11:7

Later, Solomon even constructed a high place on the mountain east of Jerusalem that was dedicated to Chemosh, that detestable Moabite idol, and to Molech, the detestable Ammonite idol.

2 Kings 17:29

Nevertheless, each nation continued to craft their own gods and install them in the temples on the high places that the people of Samaria had constructed every nation in their own cities where they continued to live.

Jeremiah 7:31

They have built high places at Topheth in the Valley of Ben-hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire. I didn't command this, and it never entered my mind!

1 Kings 12:31

Jeroboam built temples on the high places, and appointed his own priests from the fringe elements of the people who were not descendants of Levi.

1 Kings 22:43

He lived like his father Asa and never abandoned that life. He did what the LORD considered to be right. Nevertheless, the high places were not demolished, and the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.

High places » God sometimes worshipped on

1 Kings 3:4

The king used to go to Gibeon to sacrifice, since there was a famous high place there, where Solomon once offered 1,000 burnt offerings on that altar.

1 Samuel 9:12

They answered them: "Yes, he's right there ahead of you. Hurry, for he came to town just today because there is a sacrifice for the people on the high place today.

1 Kings 3:2

The people were sacrificing at various high places because the Temple had not yet been built and dedicated to the LORD.

2 Chronicles 33:17

Even so, the people continued to sacrifice in the high places, but only to the LORD their God.

High places » Destroyed by » Asa, partially

2 Chronicles 15:17

Nevertheless, the high places were not removed from Israel, even though Asa's heart was blameless all of his life.

2 Chronicles 14:3

by removing the foreign altars and high places, tearing down the sacred pillars, cutting down the Asherim, and

High places » Destroyed by » hezekiah

2 Chronicles 31:1

At the conclusion of all of these activities, everybody in Israel who was in attendance traveled throughout the cities of Judah, broke down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim, and broke down the high places and altars throughout the territories of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh until they had eliminated all of them. Then the people of Israel went back to their cities and back to their work.

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places, demolished the sacred pillars, and tore down the Asherah poles. He also demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had crafted, because the Israelis had been burning incense to it right up until that time. Hezekiah called it a piece of brass.

High places » Destroyed by » Josiah

2 Chronicles 34:3

In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his ancestor David. In the twelfth year of his reign, he began to remove the high places, Asherim, carved images, and cast images from Judah and Jerusalem.

2 Kings 23:8

Then he gathered together all the priests from the cities of Judah and defiled the high places from Geba to Beer-sheba, where the priests had burned incense. He also demolished the high places of the gates that had been erected to the left as one enters the city gate that is, near the entrance operated by Joshua, the governor of the city.

High places » Built by » Manasseh

2 Kings 21:3

He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed. He erected altars for Baal, crafted an Asherah, just as King Ahab of Israel had done, and worshipped and served the stars of heaven.

2 Chronicles 33:3

He re-established the high places that his father Hezekiah had demolished, he built altars to the Baals, erected Asherim, and worshipped and served the armies of heaven.

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

Ezekiel 16:24

"You built raised mounds and high places for yourself on every plaza.

Ezekiel 16:31

When you built your mound on every street corner and constructed your high place at every plaza, you weren't like a common prostitute, in that you've insulted the wages of a prostitute

High places » The jews » Punished for

2 Kings 17:11

where they made offerings on all the high places, as did the nations whom the LORD had expelled before them. They also practiced other wickedness, provoking the LORD to become angry,

2 Kings 17:18

As a result, the LORD was angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. No one was left except for the tribe of Judah.

High places » Priests ordained for

1 Kings 12:32

Jeroboam invented a festival for the fifteenth day of the eighth month similar to the festival that takes place in Judah. He approached the altar that he had set up in Bethel and sacrificed to the calves that he had made, having stationed in Bethel the priests that he had appointed.

1 Kings 13:33

Despite everything that happened, Jeroboam never did repent of his evil practices. Instead, he appointed even more people to act as priests for the high places. Anyone who wanted to be a priest was ordained to be a priest in the high places.

High places » Sacrifices and incense offered to idols upon

2 Kings 12:3

except that the high places were not demolished, so the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.

2 Kings 16:4

Furthermore, Ahaz sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on top of hills, and under every green tree.

High places » Enchantments used upon

Numbers 24:1

When Balaam noticed that the LORD was pleased that Balaam was blessing Israel, he didn't behave as he had time after time before, that is, to practice divination. Instead, he turned with his face to the wilderness,

Numbers 23:3

Then Balaam instructed Balak, "Stand by your offering and leave me alone by myself. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me. I'll tell you whatever he reveals to me."

High places » Built by » Jehoram

2 Chronicles 21:11

In addition to all of this, he built high places in the mountains of Judah, led the inhabitants of Jerusalem into cultic sexual immorality, and made Judah go astray.

High places » Built by » Ahaz

2 Chronicles 28:25

and established high places in every city of Judah where incense was burned to other gods, thus provoking the LORD God of his ancestors to anger.

High places » The idolatrous, to be destroyed

Numbers 33:52

they are to drive out all the inhabitants of the land and destroy all their idols and their molten images. You are to demolish all their high places,

Leviticus 26:30

I'll destroy your high places and cut down your sun pillars. Then I'll cast your dead bodies on top of the bodies of your idols. I'll loathe you.

High places » Destroyed by » Jehoshaphat

2 Chronicles 17:6

He remained committed to following the LORD, and he removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

High places » The jews » Condemned for building

Ezekiel 16:23-35

"How terrible! How terrible it will be for all of your wickedness!" declares the Lord GOD. "You built raised mounds and high places for yourself on every plaza. At every street corner you made your beauty abhorrent when you made yourself available for sex to anyone who was passing by. By doing this, you kept on committing more and more immorality. read more.
Then you committed immorality with your neighbors, the Egyptians, with perverted lust, and by doing so you fornicated even more, provoking me to anger. "Therefore, look out! I've reached out to oppose you. I withdrew your rations and delivered you to those Philistine women who hate you. Even they were embarrassed at your wicked ways! You committed immorality with the Assyrians, because you still weren't satisfied. You committed immorality with them, but you still weren't satisfied. You committed even more immorality with that land of the merchants, the Chaldeans. But you weren't satisfied even with these! "How weak is your heart," declares the Lord GOD, "when you committed all of these deeds, the acts of an imperious whore! When you built your mound on every street corner and constructed your high place at every plaza, you weren't like a common prostitute, in that you've insulted the wages of a prostitute who commits adultery, preferring a stranger over her husband! "All prostitutes receive gifts, but you give your gifts to all your lovers, then you bribe them to come to you from everywhere to get your sexual favors! You're different from other women when you commit immorality no one can match you in that! After all, you pay fees, but no fee is given to you. You're certainly different!" "Therefore listen to this message from the LORD, you whore!

High places » The jews » Provoked God with

1 Kings 14:22-23

Judah practiced what the LORD considered to be evil. They did more to provoke him to jealousy than their ancestors had ever done by committing the sins that they committed. They erected high places, sacred pillars, and Asherim for themselves on every high hill and under every green tree.

High places » The jews » Threatened with destruction of

Leviticus 26:30

I'll destroy your high places and cut down your sun pillars. Then I'll cast your dead bodies on top of the bodies of your idols. I'll loathe you.

High places » Used for idolatrous worship

1 Kings 11:7-8

Later, Solomon even constructed a high place on the mountain east of Jerusalem that was dedicated to Chemosh, that detestable Moabite idol, and to Molech, the detestable Ammonite idol. Solomon did this for all of his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their own gods.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Tophet

Jeremiah 7:31

They have built high places at Topheth in the Valley of Ben-hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire. I didn't command this, and it never entered my mind!

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Bamah

Ezekiel 20:29

So I asked them, "What is the high place to which you're going?' That's why the name of the place has been called Bamah to this day."'

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Arnon

Numbers 21:28

A fire has gone out from Heshbon, and a flame from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab and the lords of the high places who lived in Arnon.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Baal

Numbers 22:41

The next day, Balak brought Balaam up to Bamoth-baal, where he could see part of the community of Israel.

High places » Built by » People of judah

1 Kings 14:23

They erected high places, sacred pillars, and Asherim for themselves on every high hill and under every green tree.

High places » Built by » Jeroboam

1 Kings 12:31

Jeroboam built temples on the high places, and appointed his own priests from the fringe elements of the people who were not descendants of Levi.

High places » Of the canaanites to be destroyed

Numbers 33:52

they are to drive out all the inhabitants of the land and destroy all their idols and their molten images. You are to demolish all their high places,

High places » Surrounded with groves

1 Kings 14:23

They erected high places, sacred pillars, and Asherim for themselves on every high hill and under every green tree.

High places » Adorned with tapestry

Ezekiel 16:16

You took some of your clothes and made gaily-colored high places and prostituted yourself all around them something which had never happened before nor will ever happen again.

High places » Jotham

2 Kings 15:35

except the high places were not torn down, and the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. But he rebuilt the upper gate of the LORD's Temple.

High places » The jews » Built, in their cities

2 Kings 17:9

The Israelis practiced secret things that were not right, offending the LORD their God. In addition, they built high places for use by all their towns, watchtowers, and fortified cities.

High places » Built by » People of israel

2 Kings 17:9

The Israelis practiced secret things that were not right, offending the LORD their God. In addition, they built high places for use by all their towns, watchtowers, and fortified cities.

High places » Built by » Solomon

1 Kings 11:7

Later, Solomon even constructed a high place on the mountain east of Jerusalem that was dedicated to Chemosh, that detestable Moabite idol, and to Molech, the detestable Ammonite idol.

High places » Licentious practices at

Ezekiel 16:24-43

"You built raised mounds and high places for yourself on every plaza. At every street corner you made your beauty abhorrent when you made yourself available for sex to anyone who was passing by. By doing this, you kept on committing more and more immorality. Then you committed immorality with your neighbors, the Egyptians, with perverted lust, and by doing so you fornicated even more, provoking me to anger. read more.
"Therefore, look out! I've reached out to oppose you. I withdrew your rations and delivered you to those Philistine women who hate you. Even they were embarrassed at your wicked ways! You committed immorality with the Assyrians, because you still weren't satisfied. You committed immorality with them, but you still weren't satisfied. You committed even more immorality with that land of the merchants, the Chaldeans. But you weren't satisfied even with these! "How weak is your heart," declares the Lord GOD, "when you committed all of these deeds, the acts of an imperious whore! When you built your mound on every street corner and constructed your high place at every plaza, you weren't like a common prostitute, in that you've insulted the wages of a prostitute who commits adultery, preferring a stranger over her husband! "All prostitutes receive gifts, but you give your gifts to all your lovers, then you bribe them to come to you from everywhere to get your sexual favors! You're different from other women when you commit immorality no one can match you in that! After all, you pay fees, but no fee is given to you. You're certainly different!" "Therefore listen to this message from the LORD, you whore! This is what the Lord GOD says: "Because your lust has been poured out and your nakedness has been uncovered by your acts of fornication with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols and the blood of your sons, whom you offered to them, therefore, watch out! I'm about to gather all your lovers from whom you've received your pleasure, everyone whom you've loved, and those whom you've hated. I'll gather them together to oppose you from every side, and they'll uncover your nakedness in their presence. Then they'll see you completely naked. I'll judge you with the same standards by which I issue verdicts against a woman who commits adultery and murder. I'll avenge the blood you've shed with impassioned wrath. "I'll also deliver you into their control, and they'll break down your mounds, tear down your high places, strip off your clothes, remove your fine jewels, and then they'll leave you stark naked! They'll bring a mob against you to stone you to death and cut you into pieces with their swords. Then they'll burn your houses and carry out my sentence against you in the sight of many women. "That's how I'll make you stop your prostitution so you won't pay any prostitute's fees anymore. I'll stop being angry with you, and I'll cease being jealous. I'll be calm and not be indignant anymore. Because you didn't remember the time when you were young, but instead you provoked me to anger because of all these things, watch out! I'm going to bring your behavior back to haunt you!" declares the Lord GOD. "Didn't you do this wicked thing, in addition to all your other detestable practices?"

High places » Jehoash

2 Kings 12:3

except that the high places were not demolished, so the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.

High places » Azariah

2 Kings 15:4

except that the high places were never removed, and the people kept on sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

High places » Amaziah

2 Kings 14:4

except that the high places were not abolished. The people continued to offer sacrifices and to burn incense on the high places.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

1 Kings 3:4

The king used to go to Gibeon to sacrifice, since there was a famous high place there, where Solomon once offered 1,000 burnt offerings on that altar.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Aven

Hosea 10:8

Destroyed will be the high places of Aven, that are the sin of Israel. Both thorn and thistle will grow up over their altars. They will call out to the mountains, "Cover us!' and to the hills, "Fall on us!'

High places » Jehoshaphat destroys

2 Chronicles 17:6

He remained committed to following the LORD, and he removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

High places » Hezekiah destroys

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places, demolished the sacred pillars, and tore down the Asherah poles. He also demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had crafted, because the Israelis had been burning incense to it right up until that time. Hezekiah called it a piece of brass.

High places » Josiah destroys

2 Kings 23:8

Then he gathered together all the priests from the cities of Judah and defiled the high places from Geba to Beer-sheba, where the priests had burned incense. He also demolished the high places of the gates that had been erected to the left as one enters the city gate that is, near the entrance operated by Joshua, the governor of the city.

High places » Asa destroys

2 Chronicles 14:3

by removing the foreign altars and high places, tearing down the sacred pillars, cutting down the Asherim, and

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Sacrificing On The High Places

Ezekiel 20:28

I brought them to the land that I had promised to give them. But whenever they saw any high hill and or any leafy tree, they slaughtered their sacrifices there and presented their offerings that provoked my anger. There they presented their pleasing aromas and poured out their drink offering.

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