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2 Kings 21:7

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 23:4


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.”

5 tn Heb “all the host of heaven” (also in v. 5).

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.

8 map For location see Map4 G4; Map5 C1; Map6 E3; Map7 D1; Map8 G3.

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