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he tore down the altars and Asherah poles, demolished the idols, and smashed all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem.
They burned down the Lord’s temple and tore down the wall of Jerusalem. 1 They burned all its fortified buildings and destroyed all its valuable items.
Know for certain that 1 I hereby give you the authority to announce to nations and kingdoms that they will be 2 uprooted and torn down, destroyed and demolished, rebuilt and firmly planted.” 3
In the past I saw to it that they were uprooted and torn down, that they were destroyed and demolished. But now I will see to it that they are built up and firmly planted. 1 I, the Lord, affirm it!” 2
The Babylonians 1 burned down the royal palace, the temple of the Lord, and the people’s homes, 2 and they tore down the wall of Jerusalem. 3
The whole Babylonian army that came with the captain of the royal guard tore down the walls that surrounded Jerusalem.
I will give you into their hands and they will destroy your chambers and tear down your pavilions. They will strip you of your clothing and take your beautiful jewelry and leave you naked and bare.
They will steal your wealth and loot your merchandise. They will tear down your walls and destroy your luxurious 1 homes. Your stones, your trees, and your soil he will throw 2 into the water. 3
No one can withstand 1 his indignation! 2 No one can resist 3 his fierce anger! 4 His wrath is poured out like volcanic fire, boulders are broken up 5 as he approaches. 6
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
Abimelech fought against the city all that day. He captured the city and killed all the people in it. Then he leveled 1 the city and spread salt over it. 2
All the people of the land went and demolished 1 the temple of Baal. They smashed its altars and idols 2 to bits. 3 They killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altar. Jehoiada the priest 4 then placed guards at the Lord’s temple.
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.
He ordered the altars of the Baals to be torn down, 1 and broke the incense altars that were above them. He smashed the Asherah poles, idols and images, crushed them up and sprinkled the dust over the tombs of those who had sacrificed to them.
For I, the Lord God of Israel, have something more to say about the houses in this city and the royal buildings which have been torn down for defenses against the siege ramps and military incursions of the Babylonians: 1
He brought all the priests from the cities of Judah and ruined 1 the high places where the priests had offered sacrifices, from Geba to Beer Sheba. 2 He tore down the high place of the goat idols 3 situated at the entrance of the gate of Joshua, the city official, on the left side of the city gate.