11:18 All the people of the land went and demolished 1 the temple of Baal. They smashed its altars and idols 2 to bits. 3 They killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altar. Jehoiada the priest 4 then placed guards at the Lord’s temple.
2 Kings 16:3Context
16:3 He followed in the footsteps of 5 the kings of Israel. He passed his son through the fire, 6 a horrible sin practiced by the nations 7 whom the Lord drove out from before the Israelites.
1 tn Or “tore down.”
2 tn Or “images.”
3 tn The Hebrew construction translated “smashed…to bits” is emphatic. The adverbial infinitive absolute (הֵיטֵב [hetev], “well”) accompanying the Piel form of the verb שָׁבַר (shavar), “break,” suggests thorough demolition.
4 tn Heb “the priest.” Jehoiada’s name is added for clarification.
5 tn Heb “he walked in the way of.”
6 sn This may refer to child sacrifice, though some interpret it as a less drastic cultic practice. For discussion see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 266-67.
7 tn Heb “like the abominable practices of the nations.”