2 Chronicles 15:16

16 King Asa also deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down, broke it up and burned it in the Kidron Valley.

2 Chronicles 15:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
ESV
16 Even Maacah, his mother, King Asa removed from being queen mother because she had made a detestable image for Asherah. Asa cut down her image, crushed it, and burned it at the brook Kidron.
NLT
16 King Asa even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole, broke it up, and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
MSG
16 In his clean-up of the country, Asa went so far as to remove his mother, Queen Maacah, from her throne because she had built a shockingly obscene image of the sex goddess Asherah. Asa tore it down, smashed it, and burned it up in the Kidron Valley.
CSB
16 King Asa also removed Maacah, his grandmother, from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image, then crushed it and burned it in the Kidron Valley.

2 Chronicles 15:16 Meaning and Commentary

Ver. 16-18. And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king,
&c.] Or rather his grandmother, ( 1 Kings 15:10 ) ,

he removed her from being queen;
the Septuagint version is, "that she should not minister to Astarte"; which was the goddess of the Zidonians; of this and the two next verses, (See Gill on 1 Kings 15:13), (See Gill on 1 Kings 15:14), (See Gill on 1 Kings 15:15).

2 Chronicles 15:16 In-Context

14 They took an oath to the LORD with loud acclamation, with shouting and with trumpets and horns.
15 All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.
16 King Asa also deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down, broke it up and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
17 Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life.
18 He brought into the temple of God the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.

Cross References 4

  • 1. 2 Chronicles 13:2
  • 2. S 1 Kings 2:19
  • 3. S Exodus 34:13; 2 Chronicles 14:2-5
  • 4. S 2 Samuel 15:23