For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman
Not Ahaziah and his brethren, in the lifetime of Jehoram, but sons of Athaliah by another man, as Kimchi suggests:
had broken up the house of God;
not that they had made ruptures in it, or broke down the walls of it, but had defaced it by taking off the gold and silver upon it:
and also all the dedicated things of the house of the Lord did they
bestow upon Baalim;
not strictly all, but a great many of them, as this word in many instances is used, as Kimchi observes, and with them furnished, beautified, and adorned the temple of Baal.