21:7 He put an idol of Asherah he had made in the temple, about which the Lord had said to David and to his son Solomon, “This temple in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, will be my permanent home. 1
2 Kings 23:4Context
23:4 The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the high-ranking priests, 2 and the guards 3 to bring out of the Lord’s temple all the items that were used in the worship of 4 Baal, Asherah, and all the stars of the sky. 5 The king 6 burned them outside of Jerusalem in the terraces 7 of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. 8
1 tn Heb “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I chose from all the tribes of Israel, I will place my name perpetually (or perhaps “forever”).”
2 tn Heb “the priests of the second [rank],” that is, those ranked just beneath Hilkiah.
3 tn Or “doorkeepers.”
4 tn Heb “for.”
6 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
7 tn Or “fields.” For a defense of the translation “terraces,” see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 285.