2 Kings 21:5

5 In the two courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts.

2 Kings 21:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
ESV
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
NLT
5 He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the LORD ’s Temple.
MSG
5 And he built shrines to the cosmic powers and placed them in both courtyards of The Temple of God.
CSB
5 He built altars to the whole heavenly host in both courtyards of the Lord's temple.

2 Kings 21:5 Meaning and Commentary

2 Kings 21:5

And he built altars for all the host of heaven
Sun, moon, and stars:

in the two courts of the house of the Lord;
in the court of the priests, and in the court of the people; and all this must be supposed to be done, not as soon as he began to reign, but when he was grown up to man's estate, and had children, as the next verse shows; unless it can be thought that those nobles in Judah, who liked not the reformation made by Hezekiah, took the advantage of his youth, and advised him to these idolatries.

2 Kings 21:5 In-Context

3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them.
4 He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.”
5 In the two courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts.
6 He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger.
7 He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Kings 7:12; 2 Kings 23:12