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 2 Kings 23:4 - 14
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   Book of 2 Kings
   Chapter 23
23:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the LORD all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel.
 
23:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He did away with the pagan priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem - those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts.
 
23:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people.
 
23:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes, which were in the temple of the LORD and where women did weaving for Asherah.
 
23:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Josiah brought all the priests from the towns of Judah and desecrated the high places, from Geba to Beersheba, where the priests had burned incense. He broke down the shrines F62 at the gates - at the entrance to the Gate of Joshua, the city governor, which is on the left of the city gate.
 
23:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Although the priests of the high places did not serve at the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, they ate unleavened bread with their fellow priests.
 
23:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He desecrated Topheth, which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice his son or daughter in F63 the fire to Molech.
 
23:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He removed from the entrance to the temple of the LORD the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court near the room of an official named Nathan-Melech. Josiah then burned the chariots dedicated to the sun.
 
23:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He pulled down the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts of the temple of the LORD. He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley.
 
23:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption - the ones Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molech F64 the detestable god of the people of Ammon.
 
23:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Josiah smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F62 Or high places
F63 Or to make his son or daughter pass through
F64 Hebrew Milcom

 
 

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