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 incense1 to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts.236
He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley4 outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder5 and scattered the dust over the graves6 of the common people.77
He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes,8 which were in the temple of the LORD and where women did weaving for Asherah.
Josiah brought all the priests from the towns of Judah and desecrated the high places, from Geba9 to Beersheba, where the priests had burned incense. He broke down the shrinesa at the gates--at the entrance to the Gate of Joshua, the city governor, which is on the left of the city gate.
Although the priests of the high places did not serve10 at the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, they ate unleavened bread with their fellow priests.
He desecrated Topheth,11 which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom,12 so no one could use it to sacrifice his son13 or daughter inb the fire to Molech.
He removed from the entrance to the temple of the LORD the horses that the kings of Judah14 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.1512
He pulled down16 the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof17 near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts18 of the temple of the LORD. He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley.1913
The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption--the ones Solomon20 king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molechc the detestable21 god of the people of Ammon.2214
Josiah smashed23 the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.
Even the altar24 at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam25 son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin--even that altar and high place he demolished. He burned the high place and ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole also.