33:2 He did evil in the sight of 1 the Lord and committed the same horrible sins practiced by the nations 2 whom the Lord drove out ahead of the Israelites.
2 Chronicles 33:6Context
33:6 He passed his sons through the fire 3 in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom and practiced divination, omen reading, and sorcery. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits and appointed magicians to supervise it. 4 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord and angered him. 5
1 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
2 tn Heb “like the abominable practices of the nations.”
3 tn Or “he sacrificed his sons in the fire.” This may refer to child sacrifice, though some interpret it as a less drastic cultic practice (NEB, NASV “made his sons pass through the fire”; NIV “sacrificed his sons in the fire”; NRSV “made his sons pass through fire”). For discussion see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 266-67.
4 tn Heb “and he set up a ritual pit, along with a conjurer.” Hebrew אוֹב (’ov, “ritual pit”) refers to a pit used by a magician to conjure up underworld spirits. In 1 Sam 28:7 the witch of Endor is called a בַּעֲלַת אוֹב (ba’alat ’ov, “owner of a ritual pit”). See H. Hoffner, “Second Millennium Antecedents to the Hebrew ’OñBù,” JBL 86 (1967): 385-401.
5 tn Heb “and he multiplied doing what is evil in the eyes of the