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2 Kings 11:18

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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 16:3

Context
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.”



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