2 Kings 21:5
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New International Version
In the two courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts.

New Living Translation
He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the LORD's Temple.

English Standard Version
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
For he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

King James Bible
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He built altars to the whole heavenly host in both courtyards of the LORD's temple.

International Standard Version
He built two altars to every star in the heavens in the two courts of the LORD's Temple.

NET Bible
In the two courtyards of the LORD's temple he built altars for all the stars in the sky.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the two courtyards of the LORD's temple, he built altars for the entire army of heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And he built altars for all the army of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

American King James Version
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

American Standard Version
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the temple of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And he built altars to all the host of heaven in both courts of the house of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

World English Bible
He built altars for all the army of the sky in the two courts of the house of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And he buildeth altars to all the host of the heavens in the two courts of the house of Jehovah;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:1-9 Young persons generally desire to become their own masters, and to have early possession of riches and power. But this, for the most part, ruins their future comfort, and causes mischief to others. It is much happier when young persons are sheltered under the care of parents or guardians, till age gives experience and discretion. Though such young persons are less indulged, they will afterwards be thankful. Manasseh wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, as if on purpose to provoke him to anger; he did more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed. Manasseh went on from bad to worse, till carried captive to Babylon. The people were ready to comply with his wishes, to obtain his favour and because it suited their depraved inclinations. In the reformation of large bodies, numbers are mere time-servers, and in temptation fall away.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. The temple of Solomon had two courts only, an inner and an outer. The outer court was for the people, the inner for the priests and Levites. Manasseh desecrated the temple to the extent of setting up in each of these two courts an idolatrous altar, dedicated to the worship of the host of heaven. In the inner court his altar was a rival to the great brazen altar of Solomon (1 Kings 9:64; 2 Chronicles 4:1), which Ahaz had for a time removed from its place in front of the porch (2 Kings 16:14), but which Hezekiah had most certainly reinstated.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he built altars for all the host of heaven,.... Sun, moon, and stars:

in the two courts of the house of the Lord; in the court of the priests, and in the court of the people; and all this must be supposed to be done, not as soon as he began to reign, but when he was grown up to man's estate, and had children, as the next verse shows; unless it can be thought that those nobles in Judah, who liked not the reformation made by Hezekiah, took the advantage of his youth, and advised him to these idolatries.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. the two courts of the house of the Lord—the court of the priests, and the large court of the people.

2 Kings 21:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Manasseh's Idolatrous Reign in Judah
4He built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem I will put My name." 5For he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 6He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD provoking Him to anger.…
Cross References
1 Kings 7:12
The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the LORD with its portico.

2 Kings 23:4
The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the LORD all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel.

2 Kings 23:5
He did away with the idolatrous priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem--those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts.

2 Kings 23:12
He pulled down the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts of the temple of the LORD. He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley.

2 Chronicles 4:9
He made the courtyard of the priests, and the large court and the doors for the court, and overlaid the doors with bronze.
Treasury of Scripture

And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

in the two courts.

2 Kings 23:4,6 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of …

1 Kings 6:36 And he built the inner court with three rows of hewed stone, and …

1 Kings 7:12 And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed stones, …

2 Chronicles 33:5,15 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts …

Ezekiel 40:28,32,37,47 And he brought me to the inner court by the south gate: and he measured …

Ezekiel 42:3 Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court, and …

Ezekiel 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, …

Ezekiel 44:19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter …

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