In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God1 of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.
Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them, and smashed the Asherah poles,2 the idols and the images. These he broke to pieces and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.35
He burned4 the bones of the priests on their altars, and so he purged Judah and Jerusalem.
In the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them,
he tore down the altars and the Asherah poles and crushed the idols to powder5 and cut to pieces all the incense altars throughout Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem.