2 Chronicles 34:6
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New International Version
In the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them,

New Living Translation
He did the same thing in the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, and in the regions all around them.

English Standard Version
And in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far as Naphtali, in their ruins all around,

New American Standard Bible
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins,

King James Bible
And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He did the same in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far as Naphtali and on their surrounding mountain shrines.

International Standard Version
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and as far as Naphtali and their surrounding ruins,

NET Bible
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them,

New Heart English Bible
He did this in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even to Naphtali, around in their ruins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and as far as Naphtali, he removed all their temples,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And so did he in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their axes round about.

New American Standard 1977
And in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins,

Jubilee Bible 2000
He did the same in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their swords round about.

King James 2000 Bible
And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, in their ruins round about.

American King James Version
And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even to Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.

American Standard Version
And'so did he in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, in their ruins round about.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in the cities of Manasses, and of Ephraim, and of Simeon, even to Nephtali he demolished all.

Darby Bible Translation
And [so did he] in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even to Naphtali, in their ruins round about;

English Revised Version
And so did he in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even unto Napthali, in their ruins round about.

Webster's Bible Translation
And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even to Naphtali, with their mattocks around.

World English Bible
[So did he] in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even to Naphtali, around in their ruins.

Young's Literal Translation
and in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their tools, round about.
Study Bible
Josiah Destroys Idolatry
5Then he burned the bones of the priests on their altars and purged Judah and Jerusalem. 6In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins, 7he also tore down the altars and beat the Asherim and the carved images into powder, and chopped down all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 13:20
So all Israel went down to the Philistines, each to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, and his hoe.

2 Kings 23:15
Furthermore, the altar that was at Bethel and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he broke down. Then he demolished its stones, ground them to dust, and burned the Asherah.

2 Kings 23:19
Josiah also removed all the houses of the high places which were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made provoking the LORD; and he did to them just as he had done in Bethel.
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And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even to Naphtali, with their mattocks round about.

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(6) And so did he in the cities . . . unto Naphtali.--Sec 2Kings 23:15; 2Kings 23:19, according to which Josiah destroyed the sanctuary of Bethel, and the high places "in the cities of Samaria," i.e., the northern kingdom.

Simeon is again mentioned somewhat strangely, as in 2Chronicles 15:9, no doubt because Beersheba, a famous sanctuary within its territory, was a place of pilgrimage for the northern tribes.

Manasseh and Ephraim, i.e., the northern kingdom, as in 2Chronicles 31:1; Isaiah 9:21.

With their mattocks.--Rather, in their ruins; reading behorbuthhem, instead of behorbthhem, which means "with their swords." (Comp. Ezekiel 26:9.) The phrase qualifies the word "cities." The cities of Israel had been ruined by the Assyrians, Sargon. and Shalmaneser, the latter of whom took Samaria, after a three years' siege, and carried the people captive to Assyria, in 721 B.C., replacing them by foreign colonists. This explains how it was that Josiah was able to desecrate the northern sanctuaries, and slay their priests (2Kings 23:20). The ordinary Hebrew text divides the word thus: behar btthhem, so as to suggest the reading behar btthhem, "in the hill of their houses." The LXX. has "in their places round about"; the Vulg. omits the phrase; and the Syriac reads "in their streets around." The whole verse should be connected with 2Chronicles 34:7, thus: "And in the cities of Manasseh and Ephraim and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, to wit, in their ruins round about, he pulled down the altars and the Asherim; and the carven images he dashed into pieces unto pulverising." Hedaq is an unusual form of the infinitive, not a perfect, as Bertheau supposes.

Verse 6. - In the cities of Manasseh,... Ephraim,... Simeon, even unto Naphtali. Manasseh and Ephraim lay very nearly in the centre of the whole land, while Simeon and Naphtali were respectively at the southern and northern extremities. With their mattocks. This rendering may be correct, and cannot be said to be foreign to the sense and connection of the passage, the Hebrew word in that ease being the feminine plural of חֶרֶב Perhaps, however, the word is one with that found in Psalm 109:10, and may be rendered "in their ruined," i.e. semi-ruined, "condition." Note Keri also, which favours the latter reading; the Septuagint shows simply words which may best translate, and in their neighbourhoods respectively. And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali,.... Which though they belonged to the ten tribes, yet these being carried captive by the king of Assyria, they that were left became subject to the kings of Judah; see Gill on 2 Kings 23:19,

with their mattocks round about; or hammers or mauls, as Kimchi, or pick axes, such sort of instruments as were used in demolishing altars and images: the Targum is,"in the house of their desolation;''

and so other versions, "in their desolate places" (x), which were become such, the inhabitants being carried captive, and few left behind.

(x) "in desolatis locis suis, vel eorum", Montanus, Tigurine version, Rambachius. 6. with their mattocks—or, "in their deserts"—so that the verse will stand thus: "And so did [namely, break the altars and burn the bones of priests] he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, in their deserted suburbs." The reader is apt to be surprised on finding that Josiah, whose hereditary possessions were confined to the kingdom of Judah, exercised as much authority among the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, Simeon, and others as far as Naphtali, as he did within his own dominion. Therefore, it is necessary to observe that, after the destruction of Samaria by Shalmaneser, the remnant that continued on the mountains of Israel maintained a close intercourse with Judah, and looked to the sovereigns of that kingdom as their natural protectors. Those kings acquired great influence over them, which Josiah exercised in removing every vestige of idolatry from the land. He could not have done this without the acquiescence of the people in the propriety of this proceeding, conscious that this was conformable to their ancient laws and institutions. The Assyrian kings, who were now masters of the country, might have been displeased at the liberties Josiah took beyond his own territories. But either they were not informed of his doings, or they did not trouble themselves about his religious proceedings, relating, as they would think, to the god of the land, especially as he did not attempt to seize upon any place or to disturb the allegiance of the people [Calmet].34:1-33 Josiah's good reign in Judah. - As the years of infancy cannot be useful to our fellow-creatures, our earliest youth should be dedicated to God, that we may not waste any of the remaining short space of life. Happy and wise are those who seek the Lord and prepare for usefulness at an early age, when others are pursuing sinful pleasures, contracting bad habits, and forming ruinous connexions. Who can express the anguish prevented by early piety, and its blessed effects? Diligent self-examination and watchfulness will convince us of the deceitfulness and wickedness of our own hearts, and the sinfulness of our lives. We are here encouraged to humble ourselves before God, and to seek unto him, as Josiah did. And believers are here taught, not to fear death, but to welcome it, when it takes them away from the evil to come. Nothing hastens the ruin of a people, nor ripens them for it, more than their disregard of the attempts made for their reformation. Be not deceived, God is not mocked. The current and tide of affections only turns at the command of Him who raises up those that are dead in trespasses and sins. We behold peculiar loveliness, in the grace the Lord bestows on those, who in tender years seek to know and to love the Saviour. Hath Jesus, the Day-spring from on high, visited you? Can you trace your knowledge of this light and life of man, like Josiah, from your youth? Oh the unspeakable happiness of becoming acquainted with Jesus from our earliest years!
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