23:6 He removed the Asherah pole from the Lord’s temple and took it outside Jerusalem to the Kidron Valley, where he burned it. 1 He smashed it to dust and then threw the dust in the public graveyard. 2
2 Kings 23:14Context
23:14 He smashed the sacred pillars to bits, cut down the Asherah pole, and filled those shrines 3 with human bones.
1 tn Heb “and he burned it in the Kidron Valley.”
2 tc Heb “on the grave of the sons of the people.” Some Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Aramaic, and Latin witnesses read the plural “graves.”
tn The phrase “sons of the people” refers here to the common people (see BDB 766 s.v. עַם), as opposed to the upper classes who would have private tombs.
3 tn Heb “their places.”