Josiah brought all the priests from the towns of Judah and desecrated the high places, from Geba1 to Beersheba, where the priests had burned incense. He broke down the shrines at the gates--at the entrance to the Gate of Joshua, the city governor, which is on the left of the city gate.
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Although the priests of the high places did not serve2 at the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, they ate unleavened bread with their fellow priests.
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He desecrated Topheth,3 which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom,4 so no one could use it to sacrifice his son5 or daughter in the fire to Molech.
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He removed from the entrance to the temple of the LORD the horses that the kings of Judah6 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.7
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He pulled down8 the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof9 near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts10 of the temple of the LORD. He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley.11
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The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption--the ones Solomon12 king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable13 god of the people of Ammon.14
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Josiah smashed15 the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.
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Even the altar16 at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam17 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.
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Then Josiah18 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 accordance19 with the word of the LORD proclaimed by the man of God who foretold these things.
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The king asked, "What is that tombstone I see?" The men of the city said, "It marks the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and pronounced against the altar of Bethel the very things you have done to it."
"Leave it alone," he said. "Don't let anyone disturb his bones20." So they spared his bones and those of the prophet21 who had come from Samaria.
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