2 Kings 23:20
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New International Version
Josiah slaughtered all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

New Living Translation
He executed the priests of the pagan shrines on their own altars, and he burned human bones on the altars to desecrate them. Finally, he returned to Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
And he sacrificed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and burned human bones on them. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

New American Standard Bible
All the priests of the high places who were there he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem.

King James Bible
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He slaughtered on the altars all the priests of the high places who were there, and he burned human bones on the altars. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

International Standard Version
After he had slaughtered all the priests who served at the high places and burned their bones on those high places, he returned to Jerusalem.

NET Bible
He sacrificed all the priests of the high places on the altars located there, and burned human bones on them. Then he returned to Jerusalem.

New Heart English Bible
He killed all the priests of the high places that were there, on the altars, and burned men's bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He slaughtered all the priests of the illegal worship sites on their altars and then burned human bones on them. He went back to Jerusalem.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there, upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

New American Standard 1977
And all the priests of the high places who were there he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars and burned men's bones upon them and returned to Jerusalem.

King James 2000 Bible
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.

American King James Version
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there on the altars, and burned men's bones on them, and returned to Jerusalem.

American Standard Version
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there, upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he slew all the priests of the high places, that were there, upon the altars: and he burnt men's bones upon them: and returned to Jerusalem.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sacrificed upon the altars all the priests of the high places that were there, and burned men's bones upon them. And he returned to Jerusalem.

English Revised Version
And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there, upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he slew all the priests of the high places, that were there upon the altars, and burnt men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.

World English Bible
He killed all the priests of the high places that were there, on the altars, and burned men's bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

Young's Literal Translation
And he slayeth all the priests of the high places who are there by the altars, and burneth the bones of man upon them, and turneth back to Jerusalem.
Study Bible
Josiah Destroys Idolatry
19Josiah 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. 20All the priests of the high places who were there he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem. 21Then the king commanded all the people saying, "Celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God as it is written in this book of the covenant."…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:30
'I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you.

2 Kings 10:25
Then it came about, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the royal officers, "Go in, kill them; let none come out." And they killed them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the royal officers threw them out, and went to the inner room of the house of Baal.

2 Kings 11:18
All the people of the land went to the house of Baal, and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces thoroughly, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 34:5
Then he burned the bones of the priests on their altars and purged Judah and Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there on the altars, and burned men's bones on them, and returned to Jerusalem.

he slew. or, he sacrificed.

2 Kings 10:25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the …

2 Kings 11:18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and broke it down…

Exodus 22:20 He that sacrifices to any god, save to the LORD only, he shall be …

Deuteronomy 13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; …

1 Kings 13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, …

1 Kings 18:40 And Elijah said to them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of …

Isaiah 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, …

Zechariah 13:2,3 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD of hosts, that …

burned.

2 Chronicles 34:5 And he burnt the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed …

(20) He slew.--He slaughtered. A contrast to his mild treatment of the priests of the Judan high places (2Kings 23:8-9). They were Levites, and these heathenish priests. (Comp. Deuteronomy 17:2-5.) Thus was fulfilled the prophecy of 1Kings 13:2. (Thenius considers the event historical, because that prophecy "is undoubtedly modelled upon it.")

Verse 20. - And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars. It is not directly said that he had done this at Bethel, though it had been prophesied that he would do so (1 Kings 13:2). Possibly there were no priests at Bethel at the time, since the "calf" set up by Jeroboam had been carried off (Hosea 10:6) by the Assyrians. The difference between the treatment of the high-place priests in Israel and in Judah (ver. 9) clearly implies that the former were attached to the worship of false gods, while the latter were priests of Jehovah who worshipped him with superstitious and unauthorized rites and ceremonies. And burned men's bones upon them (comp. ver. 16), and returned to Jerusalem. And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there,.... The idolatrous priests who sacrificed to Baal, and other Heathen deities; for as for others that burnt incense in high places, yet to the true God, those he spared, though they were not suffered to officiate at the altar of God: the others he slew

upon the altars; where they sacrificed:

and burnt men's bones upon them: the bones of the priests, and worshippers of idols, as he had done at Bethel:

and returned to Jerusalem; after he had gone through the land, both of Judah and Israel, and abolished idolatrous worship everywhere. 23:15-24 Josiah's zeal extended to the cities of Israel within his reach. He carefully preserved the sepulchre of that man of God, who came from Judah to foretell the throwing down of Jeroboam's altar. When they had cleared the country of the old leaven of idolatry, then they applied themselves to the keeping of the feast. There was not holden such a passover in any of the foregoing reigns. The revival of a long-neglected ordinance, filled them with holy joy; and God recompensed their zeal in destroying idolatry with uncommon tokens of his presence and favour. We have reason to think that during the remainder of Josiah's reign, religion flourished.
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