2 Kings 23:14
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New International Version
Josiah smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.

New Living Translation
He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. Then he desecrated these places by scattering human bones over them.

English Standard Version
And he broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places with the bones of men.

New American Standard Bible
He broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places with human bones.

King James Bible
And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He broke the sacred pillars into pieces, cut down the Asherah poles, then filled their places with human bones.

International Standard Version
He broke the pillars to pieces, cut down the Asherim, and filled their locations with human bones.

NET Bible
He smashed the sacred pillars to bits, cut down the Asherah pole, and filled those shrines with human bones.

New Heart English Bible
He broke in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Josiah crushed the sacred stones, cut down the poles dedicated to Asherah, and filled their places with human bones.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he broke in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men.

New American Standard 1977
And he broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places with human bones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he broke the images in pieces and cut down the groves and filled their places with the bones of men.

King James 2000 Bible
And he broke in pieces the images, and cut down the idol poles, and filled their places with the bones of men.

American King James Version
And he broke in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

American Standard Version
And he brake in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he broke in pieces the statues, and cut down the groves: and he filled their places with the bones of dead men.

Darby Bible Translation
And he broke in pieces the columns, and cut down the Asherahs, and filled their place with the bones of men.

English Revised Version
And he brake in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he broke in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

World English Bible
He broke in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men.

Young's Literal Translation
And he hath broken in pieces the standing-pillars, and cutteth down the shrines, and filleth their place with bones of men;
Study Bible
Josiah Destroys Idolatry
13The high places which were before Jerusalem, which were on the right of the mount of destruction which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the sons of Ammon, the king defiled. 14He broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places with human bones. 15Furthermore, 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.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:13
"But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim

Deuteronomy 7:5
"But thus you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire.

Deuteronomy 7:25
"The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.

2 Kings 23:16
Now when Josiah turned, he saw the graves that were there on the mountain, and he sent and took the bones from the graves and burned them on the altar and defiled it according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these things.

Isaiah 44:19
No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, "I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!"

Ezekiel 6:5
"I will also lay the dead bodies of the sons of Israel in front of their idols; and I will scatter your bones around your altars.
Treasury of Scripture

And he broke in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

he brake.

Exodus 23:24 You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after …

Numbers 33:52 Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before …

Deuteronomy 7:5,25,26 But thus shall you deal with them; you shall destroy their altars, …

2 Chronicles 34:3,4 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began …

Micah 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and …

images. Heb. statues. the bones of men.

2 Kings 23:16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchers that were there …

Numbers 19:16,18 And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, …

Jeremiah 8:1,2 At that time, said the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the …

Ezekiel 39:12-16 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that …

Matthew 23:27,28 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to …

(14) The images . . . the groves.--The pillars . . . the ash?rahs. These pillars and sacred trees may have been set up at the high places mentioned in the last verse; but the Hebrew construction does not prove this, for comp. 2Kings 23:10. The reference is probably general.

Their places.--Their place or station; a technical term for the position of an idol (the Heb. m?qm, equivalent to Saban maqmum. and Arabic muqm, which is still the common designation of holy sites in Palestine.

Verse 14. - And he brake in pieces the images - or, pillars (see the comment on 1 Kings 14:23) - and out down the groves - i.e. the asherirn, or "sacred trees" - and filled their places with the bones of men. Whatever spoke of death and dissolution was a special defilement to shrines where the gods worshipped were deities of productivity and generation. Bones of men had also the actual taint of corruption about them. The "uncleanness" of dead bodies arose first out of man's natural shrinking from death, and was then further confirmed by the horrors accompanying decay. The notion was probably coeval with death itself. It received a sanction from the Law, which made it a legal defilement to touch a corpse (Numbers 19:11, 16), and placed under a sentence of uncleanness all that was in the tent where a man died (Numbers 19:14, 15). And he brake in pieces the images,.... Of Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and Milcom, in the above high places; which as these high places had been rebuilt by Manasseh or Amon, so new images of these deities were placed there:

and cut down the groves; in which they were set:

and filled their places with the bones of men; of idolatrous priests and worshippers, buried in parts adjacent; these he dug up and scattered in the high places and groves to defile them, bones of the dead being by law unclean, Numbers 19:15. 14. filled their places with the bones of men—Every monument of idolatry in his dominion he in like manner destroyed, and the places where they stood he defiled by strewing them with dead men's bones. The presence of a dead carcass rendered both persons and places unclean in the eyes both of Jews and heathens.23:4-14 What abundance of wickedness in Judah and Jerusalem! One would not have believed it possible, that in Judah, where God was known, in Israel, where his name was great, in Salem, in Zion, where his dwelling-place was, such abominations should be found. Josiah had reigned eighteen years, and had himself set the people a good example, and kept up religion according to the Divine law; yet, when he came to search for idolatry, the depth and extent were very great. Both common history, and the records of God's word, teach, that all the real godliness or goodness ever found on earth, is derived from the new-creating Spirit of Jesus Christ.
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