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He also tore down the tower of Penuel and executed the city’s men.
O God, break the teeth in their mouths! Smash the jawbones of the lions, O Lord!
That very day Gideon’s father named him Jerub-Baal, 1 because he had said, “Let Baal fight with him, for it was his altar that was pulled down.”
When the men of the city got up the next morning, they saw 1 the Baal altar pulled down, the nearby Asherah pole cut down, and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar.
The men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, so we can execute him! 1 He pulled down the Baal altar and cut down the nearby Asherah pole.”
But Joash said to all those who confronted him, 1 “Must you fight Baal’s battles? 2 Must you rescue him? Whoever takes up his cause 3 will die by morning! 4 If he really is a god, let him fight his own battles! 5 After all, it was his altar that was pulled down.” 6
The king tore down the altars the kings of Judah had set up on the roof of Ahaz’s upper room, as well as the altars Manasseh had set up in the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple. He crushed them up 1 and threw the dust in the Kidron Valley.
He also tore down the altar in Bethel 1 at the high place made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who encouraged Israel to sin. 2 He burned all the combustible items at that high place and crushed them to dust; including the Asherah pole. 3
He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he set up altars for the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the stars in the sky 1 and worshiped 2 them.