13:2 He did evil in the sight of 1 the Lord. He continued in 2 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who had encouraged Israel to sin; he did not repudiate those sins. 3
2 Kings 13:6Context
13:6 But they did not repudiate 4 the sinful ways of the family 5 of Jeroboam, who encouraged Israel to sin; they continued in those sins. 6 There was even an Asherah pole 7 standing in Samaria.
1 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
2 tn Heb “walked after.”
3 tn Heb “he did not turn aside from it.”
4 tn Heb “they did not turn away from.”
5 tn Heb “house.”
6 tc Heb “in it he walked.” The singular verb (הָלַךְ, halakh) is probably due to an error of haplography and should be emended to the plural (הָלְכּוּ, halÿku). Note that a vav immediately follows (on the form וְגַם, vÿgam).
7 tn Or “an image of Asherah”; ASV, NASB “the Asherah”; NCV “the Asherah idol.”
sn Asherah was a leading deity of the Canaanite pantheon, wife/sister of El and goddess of fertility. She was commonly worshiped at shrines in or near groves of evergreen trees, or, failing that, at places marked by wooden poles. These were to be burned or cut down (Deut 12:3; 16:21; Judg 6:25, 28, 30; 2 Kgs 18:4).