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39 Bible Verses about High Places

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Habakkuk 3:19

The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and upon my high places he will cause me to walk victorious in my instruments of music.

Deuteronomy 32:13

He made him ride on the high places of the earth that he might eat the fruits of the field; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock and oil out of the strong flint,

2 Samuel 22:34

he who makes my feet like hinds' feet, and he who sets me upon my high places;

Amos 4:13

For, behold, he that forms the mountains and creates the wind and declares unto man what is his thought, that makes the darkness into morning and treads above the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of the hosts, is his name.

Micah 1:3

For, behold, the LORD comes forth out of his place and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.

1 Kings 3:2-3

Until then the people sacrificed in high places because there was still no house built unto the name of the LORD until those days. And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David, his father; only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

1 Samuel 9:12

And they answered them and said, He is; behold, he is before you; make haste now, for he came today to the city, for there is a sacrifice of the people today in the high place.

1 Samuel 9:13-14

As soon as you are come into the city, ye shall straightway find him before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes because he must bless the sacrifice, and afterwards those that are invited eat. Now therefore go up, for about this time ye shall find him. And they went up into the city. And when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out before them to go up to the high place.

1 Samuel 10:5

After that thou shalt come to the hill of God where the garrison of the Philistines is, and it shall come to pass when thou art come there to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery and a tambourine and a pipe and a harp before them; and they shall prophesy.

Deuteronomy 33:29

Blessed art thou, O Israel, who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help and the sword of thy excellency? Thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee, and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Isaiah 15:2

He is gone up to Bajith and to Dibon, the altars, to weep; Moab shall howl over Nebo and over Medeba: every head among her shall become bald, and every beard shall be cut off.

Isaiah 16:12

And it shall come to pass when it is seen that Moab is weary upon the high places that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray, but he shall be unable to.

1 Kings 12:31

And he made a house of high places and made priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.

Leviticus 26:30

And I will destroy your high places and cut down your images and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

Numbers 33:52

then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and abolish all their paintings and abolish all their molten images and destroy all their high places,

Deuteronomy 12:2

Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, upon which the Gentiles, of whom ye shall inherit, served their gods, upon the high mountains and upon the hills and under every green tree;

Ezekiel 20:28-29

For when I had brought them into the land, for which I lifted up my hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offerings; there also they made their sweet savour and poured out there their drink offerings. Then I said unto them, What is the high place unto which ye go? And its name is called Bamah unto this day.

Jeremiah 17:3

My mountain dweller! In the field are thy riches; all thy treasures I will give to the spoil, because of the sin of thy high places throughout all thy borders.

Jeremiah 32:35

And they built altars unto Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I did not command them, neither did it come into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

1 Kings 11:7

Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the mount that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the sons of Ammon.

2 Chronicles 32:12

Has not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar and burn incense upon it?

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places and broke the images and cut down the groves and broke in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made; for unto those days, the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and he called it Nehushtan.

2 Chronicles 31:1

Now when all this was finished, all Israel went out, those that were present, to the cities of Judah and broke 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. Then all the sons of Israel returned, each man to his possession, into their own cities.

2 Kings 17:11

and there they burnt incense in all the high places like the Gentiles, whom the LORD had carried away before them, and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:

2 Kings 23:20

And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars and burned men's bones upon them and returned to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 28:25

And in all the cities of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.

Ezekiel 43:7

And he said unto me, Son of man, this is the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, in which I will dwell in the midst of the sons of Israel for ever, and my holy name, the house of Israel shall no longer defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their altars.

2 Chronicles 14:3

for he took away the altars of the strange gods and the high places and broke down the images and cut down the groves

2 Chronicles 17:6

And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD, and he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

2 Kings 23:5

And he put down the religious persons whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah and in the places round about Jerusalem; likewise, those that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

2 Kings 23:8

And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and broke down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua, the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.

1 Kings 15:14

But the high places were not removed; nevertheless, Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.

1 Kings 22:43

And he walked in all the ways of Asa, his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD. Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away, for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.

2 Kings 12:2-3

And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the time that Jehoiada, the priest, instructed him. But with all this, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

2 Kings 14:3-4

And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father; he did according to all things as Joash his father did. With all this, the high places were not taken away; as yet the people sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places.

2 Kings 15:3-4

And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. But with all this, the high places were not removed; the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

2 Chronicles 20:32-33

And he walked in the way of Asa, his father, and did not depart from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD. With all this the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.

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High places » Sometimes used for true worship

Genesis 22:2

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou dost love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

1 Samuel 10:5

After that thou shalt come to the hill of God where the garrison of the Philistines is, and it shall come to pass when thou art come there to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery and a tambourine and a pipe and a harp before them; and they shall prophesy.

Genesis 31:54

Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount and called his brethren to eat bread; and they ate bread and slept in the mount.

1 Kings 18:19

Now therefore send and gather to me all Israel unto Mount Carmel, and the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of the groves, who eat at Jezebel's table.

1 Kings 3:4

And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

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

High places » A term used to describe places of worship

Genesis 12:8

And he went from there unto a mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west and Hai on the east; and there he built an altar unto the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.

2 Samuel 24:25

And David built there an altar unto the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.

Genesis 22:2

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou dost love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Genesis 31:54

Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount and called his brethren to eat bread; and they ate bread and slept in the mount.

1 Kings 18:38

Then fire of the LORD fell, which consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust and licked up the water that was in the trench.

High places » Condemned

Numbers 33:52

then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and abolish all their paintings and abolish all their molten images and destroy all their high places,

1 Kings 13:32

For that which he proclaimed by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel and against all the houses of the high places, which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.

Jeremiah 7:31

And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command them, neither did it come into my heart.

2 Chronicles 14:3

for he took away the altars of the strange gods and the high places and broke down the images and cut down the groves

Leviticus 26:30

And I will destroy your high places and cut down your images and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

High places » Signify a place of idolatrous worship

1 Kings 11:7

Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the mount that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the sons of Ammon.

2 Kings 17:29

However each nation made gods of their own and put them in the houses of the high places which those of Samaria had made, each nation in their city in which they dwelt.

Jeremiah 7:31

And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command them, neither did it come into my heart.

1 Kings 12:31

And he made a house of high places and made priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.

1 Kings 22:43

And he walked in all the ways of Asa, his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD. Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away, for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.

High places » God sometimes worshipped on

1 Kings 3:4

And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

1 Samuel 9:12

And they answered them and said, He is; behold, he is before you; make haste now, for he came today to the city, for there is a sacrifice of the people today in the high place.

1 Kings 3:2

Until then the people sacrificed in high places because there was still no house built unto the name of the LORD until those days.

2 Chronicles 33:17

Nevertheless, the people still sacrificed in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only.

High places » Destroyed by » Asa, partially

2 Chronicles 15:17

But with all this the high places were not taken away out of Israel; nevertheless, the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

2 Chronicles 14:3

for he took away the altars of the strange gods and the high places and broke down the images and cut down the groves

High places » Destroyed by » hezekiah

2 Chronicles 31:1

Now when all this was finished, all Israel went out, those that were present, to the cities of Judah and broke 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. Then all the sons of Israel returned, each man to his possession, into their own cities.

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places and broke the images and cut down the groves and broke in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made; for unto those days, the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and he called it Nehushtan.

High places » Destroyed by » Josiah

2 Chronicles 34:3

For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David, his father; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places and the groves and the graven images and the molten images.

2 Kings 23:8

And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and broke down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua, the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.

High places » Built by » Manasseh

2 Kings 21:3

For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah, his father, had destroyed, and he raised up altars for Baal and made a grove, as Ahab, king of Israel, had done; and he worshipped all the host of heaven and served those things.

2 Chronicles 33:3

For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah, his father, had broken down, and he raised up altars for the Baalim and made groves and worshipped all the host of the heavens and served them.

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

Ezekiel 16:24

that thou hast also built unto thee a high place and hast made thee an altar in every street.

Ezekiel 16:31

building thine altars at the head of every way and making thine altars in every street! And thou hast not been as a harlot in that thou scornest hire,

High places » The jews » Punished for

2 Kings 17:11

and there they burnt incense in all the high places like the Gentiles, whom the LORD had carried away before them, and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:

2 Kings 17:18

Therefore, the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them out of his sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

High places » Priests ordained for

1 Kings 12:32

Then Jeroboam ordained a solemnity in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the solemnity that was celebrated in Judah; and he sacrificed upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made. He also ordered in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

1 Kings 13:33

After this thing Jeroboam did not return from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places; whoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

High places » Sacrifices and incense offered to idols upon

2 Kings 12:3

But with all this, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

2 Kings 16:4

Likewise he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.

High places » Enchantments used upon

Numbers 24:1

And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go, as the first and second times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness;

Numbers 23:3

And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go; peradventure the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever he shows me I will tell thee. And thus he went alone.

High places » Built by » Jehoram

2 Chronicles 21:11

Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication and compelled Judah unto this.

High places » Built by » Ahaz

2 Chronicles 28:25

And in all the cities of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.

High places » The idolatrous, to be destroyed

Numbers 33:52

then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and abolish all their paintings and abolish all their molten images and destroy all their high places,

Leviticus 26:30

And I will destroy your high places and cut down your images and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

High places » Destroyed by » Jehoshaphat

2 Chronicles 17:6

And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD, and he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

High places » The jews » Condemned for building

Ezekiel 16:23-35

And it came to pass after all thy wickedness (woe, woe unto thee! said the Lord GOD) that thou hast also built unto thee a high place and hast made thee an altar in every street. Thou hast built thy altar at every head of every way and hast made thy beauty abominable and hast opened thy thighs to every one that passed by and multiplied thy whoredoms. read more.
Thou hast also committed fornication with the sons of Egypt, thy neighbours, great of flesh, and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee and have diminished thy liberty and delivered thee unto the will of those that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of thy lewd way. Thou hast played the whore also with the sons of Assyria because thou wast insatiable; thou hast played the harlot with them and yet could not be satisfied. Thou hast likewise multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan and of the Chaldeans, and yet thou wast not satisfied with this. How inconsistent is thy heart, said the Lord GOD, having done all these things, the work of a powerful harlot: building thine altars at the head of every way and making thine altars in every street! And thou hast not been as a harlot in that thou scornest hire, but as a wife that commits adultery, who takes strangers instead of her husband! They give gifts to all whores, but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers and givest them offerings that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom. And in thee it is to the contrary from other women in thy whoredoms; and after thee, there shall never be whoredom like unto thine because in giving thy gifts when gifts are not given unto thee, it has been backwards. Therefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:

High places » The jews » Provoked God with

1 Kings 14:22-23

And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to anger more than all that their fathers had done in their sins which they committed. For they also built themselves high places and statues, and groves on every high hill and under every green tree.

High places » The jews » Threatened with destruction of

Leviticus 26:30

And I will destroy your high places and cut down your images and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

High places » Used for idolatrous worship

1 Kings 11:7-8

Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the mount that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the sons of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his strange wives, who burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Tophet

Jeremiah 7:31

And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command them, neither did it come into my heart.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Bamah

Ezekiel 20:29

Then I said unto them, What is the high place unto which ye go? And its name is called Bamah unto this day.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Arnon

Numbers 21:28

for there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon; it has consumed Ar of Moab and the lords of the high places of Arnon.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Baal

Numbers 22:41

And on the next day, Balak took Balaam and brought him up into the high places of Baal, and from there he saw the utmost part of the people.

High places » Built by » People of judah

1 Kings 14:23

For they also built themselves high places and statues, and groves on every high hill and under every green tree.

High places » Built by » Jeroboam

1 Kings 12:31

And he made a house of high places and made priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi.

High places » Of the canaanites to be destroyed

Numbers 33:52

then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and abolish all their paintings and abolish all their molten images and destroy all their high places,

High places » Surrounded with groves

1 Kings 14:23

For they also built themselves high places and statues, and groves on every high hill and under every green tree.

High places » Adorned with tapestry

Ezekiel 16:16

And of thy garments thou didst take and make altars of divers colours and play the harlot thereupon; the like shall not come again, neither shall it be so.

High places » Jotham

2 Kings 15:35

With all this, the high places were not removed; the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the LORD.

High places » The jews » Built, in their cities

2 Kings 17:9

And the sons of Israel had secretly done those things that were not right against the LORD their God, building themselves high places in all their cities, from the towers of the watchmen to the fenced cities.

High places » Built by » People of israel

2 Kings 17:9

And the sons of Israel had secretly done those things that were not right against the LORD their God, building themselves high places in all their cities, from the towers of the watchmen to the fenced cities.

High places » Built by » Solomon

1 Kings 11:7

Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the mount that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the sons of Ammon.

High places » Licentious practices at

Ezekiel 16:24-43

that thou hast also built unto thee a high place and hast made thee an altar in every street. Thou hast built thy altar at every head of every way and hast made thy beauty abominable and hast opened thy thighs to every one that passed by and multiplied thy whoredoms. Thou hast also committed fornication with the sons of Egypt, thy neighbours, great of flesh, and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. read more.
Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee and have diminished thy liberty and delivered thee unto the will of those that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of thy lewd way. Thou hast played the whore also with the sons of Assyria because thou wast insatiable; thou hast played the harlot with them and yet could not be satisfied. Thou hast likewise multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan and of the Chaldeans, and yet thou wast not satisfied with this. How inconsistent is thy heart, said the Lord GOD, having done all these things, the work of a powerful harlot: building thine altars at the head of every way and making thine altars in every street! And thou hast not been as a harlot in that thou scornest hire, but as a wife that commits adultery, who takes strangers instead of her husband! They give gifts to all whores, but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers and givest them offerings that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom. And in thee it is to the contrary from other women in thy whoredoms; and after thee, there shall never be whoredom like unto thine because in giving thy gifts when gifts are not given unto thee, it has been backwards. Therefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: Thus hath the Lord GOD said: Because thy nakedness has been uncovered, and thy confusion has been manifested to thy lovers in thy whoredoms and to the idols of thy abominations and in the blood of thy children which thou didst give unto them; therefore, behold that I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure and all those that thou hast loved, with all those that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee and will uncover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. And I will judge thee by the laws regarding women who commit adultery and those that shed blood; and I will give thee away in blood of fury and of jealousy. And I will deliver thee into their hand, and they shall destroy thy high place and shall break down thy altars; they shall strip thee also of thy clothes and shall take the vessels of thy glory and shall leave thee naked and bare. They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones and thrust thee through with their swords. And they shall burn thine houses with fire and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women; and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more. So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet and will no longer be angry. Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth but hast provoked me to anger in all this; therefore, behold I also have recompensed thy way upon thine head, said the Lord GOD; for thou hast not even thought regarding all thine abominations.

High places » Jehoash

2 Kings 12:3

But with all this, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

High places » Azariah

2 Kings 15:4

But with all this, the high places were not removed; the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

High places » Amaziah

2 Kings 14:4

With all this, the high places were not taken away; as yet the people sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » gibeon

1 Kings 3:4

And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

High places » Mentioned in scripture » Aven

Hosea 10:8

And the altars of Aven shall be destroyed, the sin of Israel: the thorn and the thistle shall grow upon their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

High places » Jehoshaphat destroys

2 Chronicles 17:6

And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD, and he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

High places » Hezekiah destroys

2 Kings 18:4

He removed the high places and broke the images and cut down the groves and broke in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made; for unto those days, the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and he called it Nehushtan.

High places » Josiah destroys

2 Kings 23:8

And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and broke down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua, the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.

High places » Asa destroys

2 Chronicles 14:3

for he took away the altars of the strange gods and the high places and broke down the images and cut down the groves

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Sacrificing On The High Places

Ezekiel 20:28

For when I had brought them into the land, for which I lifted up my hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offerings; there also they made their sweet savour and poured out there their drink offerings.