Moreover, the chief of the priests, and of the people,
transgressed very much after all the abominations of the Heathens
The priests, and even the chief of them, who should have instructed the people in the duties of religion, and retained them in the pure worship of God, these were the ringleaders of idolatry, who led the people to commit all the idolatries of the Heathens round about them; and of the people, all ranks and degrees of them were corrupted with them; this was their case in several of the preceding reigns, and now a little before the destruction of them:
and polluted the house of the Lord, which he had hallowed in Jerusalem;
the temple dedicated to his worship there; this they defiled, by setting up idols in it.