He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley1 outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder2 and scattered the dust over the graves3 of the common people.47
He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes,5 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 Geba6 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 serve7 at the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, they ate unleavened bread with their fellow priests.
He desecrated Topheth,8 which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom,9 so no one could use it to sacrifice his son10 or daughter inb the fire to Molech.
He removed from the entrance to the temple of the LORD the horses that the kings of Judah11 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.1212
He pulled down13 the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof14 near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts15 of the temple of the LORD. He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley.1613
The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption--the ones Solomon17 king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molechc the detestable18 god of the people of Ammon.1914
Josiah smashed20 the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.
Even the altar21 at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam22 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.
Then Josiah23 looked around, and when he saw the tombs that were there on the hillside, he had the bones removed from them and burned on the altar to defile it, in accordance24 with the word of the LORD proclaimed by the man of God who foretold these things.