8:3 He stretched out the form 1 of a hand and grabbed me by a lock of hair on my head. Then a wind 2 lifted me up between the earth and sky and brought me to Jerusalem 3 by means of divine visions, to the door of the inner gate which faces north where the statue 4 which provokes to jealousy was located.
8:10 So I went in and looked. I noticed every figure 6 of creeping thing and beast – detestable images 7 – and every idol of the house of Israel, engraved on the wall all around. 8 8:11 Seventy men from the elders of the house of Israel 9 (with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing among them) were standing in front of them, each with a censer in his hand, and fragrant 10 vapors from a cloud of incense were swirling upward.
8:12 He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in the chamber of his idolatrous images? 11 For they think, ‘The Lord does not see us! The Lord has abandoned the land!’”
8:16 Then he brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house. Right there 12 at the entrance to the Lord’s temple, between the porch and the altar, 13 were about twenty-five 14 men with their backs to the Lord’s temple, 15 facing east – they were worshiping the sun 16 toward the east!
4 tn Or “image.”
5 tn Heb “lift your eyes (to) the way of.”
6 tn Or “pattern.”
7 tn Heb “detestable.” The word is often used to describe the figures of foreign gods.
10 tn The Hebrew word occurs only here in the OT.
11 tn Heb “the room of his images.” The adjective “idolatrous” has been supplied in the translation for clarity.
sn This type of image is explicitly prohibited in the Mosaic law (Lev 26:1).
12 tn The word הִנֵּה (hinneh, traditionally “behold”) indicates becoming aware of something.
14 tc The LXX reads “twenty” instead of twenty-five, perhaps because of the association of the number twenty with the Mesopotamian sun god Shamash.
tn Or “exactly twenty-five.”
15 sn The temple faced east.
16 tn Or “the sun god.”
sn The worship of astral entities may have begun during the reign of Manasseh (2 Kgs 21:5).