2 Kings 23:4-20

Reforms under Josiah

4 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest and 1the priests of the second order and the doorkeepers, 2to bring out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and 3he burned them outside * Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel
5 He did away with the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah and in the surrounding area of Jerusalem, also those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and to the moon and to the constellations and to all the 4host of heaven.
6 He brought out the Asherah from the house of the LORD outside * Jerusalem to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and 5ground it to dust, and 6threw its dust on the graves of the common people.
7 He also broke down the houses of the 7male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the LORD, where * 8the women were weaving hangings for the Asherah.
8 Then he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where * the priests had burned incense, from 9Geba to Beersheba; and he broke down the high places of the gates which were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on one's left at the city gate.
9 Nevertheless 10the priests of the high places did not go up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers.
10 11He also defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, 12that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire for 13Molech.
11 He did away with the horses which the kings of Judah had given to the 14sun, at the entrance of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the official, which was in the precincts; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
12 15The altars which were on the roof, the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and 16the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, the king broke down; and he smashed them there and 17threw their dust into the brook Kidron.
13 The high places which were before * Jerusalem, which were on the right of 18the mount of destruction which Solomon the king of Israel had built for 19Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for 20Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the sons of Ammon, the king defiled.
14 21He broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherim and 22filled their places with human bones
15 Furthermore, 23the altar that was at Bethel and the 24high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he broke down. Then he 25demolished its stones, ground them to dust, and burned the Asherah.
16 Now when Josiah turned, he saw the graves that were there on the mountain, and he sent and took the bones from the graves and burned them on the altar and defiled it 26according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these things.
17 Then he said, "What is this monument that I see?" And the men of the city told him, "27It is the grave of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethel."
18 He said, "Let him alone; let no one disturb his bones." So they left his bones undisturbed 28with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.
19 Josiah also removed all the houses of the high places which were 29in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made provoking the LORD; and he did to them just * as he had done in Bethel
20 All the priests of the high places who were there 30he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem.
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