The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers1 to remove2 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.
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 incense3 to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts.456
He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley6 outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder7 and scattered the dust over the graves8 of the common people.9