2 Kings 23:7
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New International Version
He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes that were in the temple of the LORD, the quarters where women did weaving for Asherah.

New Living Translation
He also tore down the living quarters of the male and female shrine prostitutes that were inside the Temple of the LORD, where the women wove coverings for the Asherah pole.

English Standard Version
And he broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes who were in the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

New American Standard Bible
He also broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the LORD, where the women were weaving hangings for the Asherah.

King James Bible
And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He also tore down the houses of the male cult prostitutes that were in the LORD's temple, in which the women were weaving tapestries for Asherah.

International Standard Version
He also demolished the temples of the cultic male prostitutes that had been operating in the LORD's Temple, where the women had been doing weaving for the Asherah.

NET Bible
He tore down the quarters of the male cultic prostitutes in the LORD's temple, where women were weaving shrines for Asherah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He tore down the houses of the male temple prostitutes who were in the LORD's temple, where women did weaving for Asherah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He likewise broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes that were by the house of the LORD where the women wove hangings for the grove.

King James 2000 Bible
And he broke down the houses of the male prostitutes, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the idol pole.

American King James Version
And he broke down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

American Standard Version
And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of Jehovah, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He destroyed also the pavilions of the effeminate, which were in the house of the Lord, for which the women wove as it were little dwellings for the grove.

Darby Bible Translation
And he broke down the houses of the sodomites, which were in the house of Jehovah, where the women wove tents for the Asherah.

English Revised Version
And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he broke down the houses of the sodomites that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

World English Bible
He broke down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of Yahweh, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

Young's Literal Translation
And he breaketh down the houses of the whoremongers that are in the house of Jehovah, where the women are weaving houses for the shrine.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - And he brake down the houses of the sodomites; literally, of the consecrated ones. (See the comment on 1 Kings 14:24; and note that the male prostitutes, or Galli, who consecrated themselves to the Des Syra, formed an essential element in the Astarte-worship, and accompanied it wherever it was introduced.) Dollinger says ('Jew and Gentile,' vol. 1. pp. 430, 431) of these wretched persons, "To the exciting din of drums, flutes, and inspired songs, the Galli cut themselves on the arms; and the effect of this act, and of the music accompanying it, was so strong upon mere spectators, that all their bodily and mental powers were thrown into a tumult of excitement, and they too, seized by the desire to lacerate themselves, deprived themselves of their manhood by means of potsherds lying ready for the purpose. Thereupon they ran with the mutilated part through the city, and received from the houses which they threw them into, a woman's gear. Not chastity, but barrenness, was intended by the mutilation. In this the Galli only desired to be like their goddess. The relation of foul lust, which they thenceforward occupied towards women, was regarded as a holy thing, and was tolerated by husbands in their wives." That were by the house of the Lord. The near vicinity is an indication that the Galli took part in the foreign rites introduced into the temple by Manasseh and Amon. The awful profanation of the house of God by such orgies is too terrible to dwell on. Where the women wove hangings for the grove. "The women" are no doubt the priestesses of the Dea Syra, who are constantly mentioned with the Galli, and, indeed, lived with them. They employed themselves, among other occupations, in weaving "hangings" (literally, "houses," i.e. "coverings") for the Asherah. It may be gathered from Ezekiel 16:16 that these "coverings" were dainty fabrics of many colors.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he brake down the houses of the Sodomites that were by the house of the Lord,.... Near the temple were apartments, in which men, the worshippers of idols, prostituted their bodies to each other; committing that unnatural sin with one another, which has its name from Sodom, and from which those are so called, and which sin they committed in honour of the idols they worshipped; to such vile affections were they, in a judicial manner, delivered up, because of their idolatry; see Romans 1:27 the word signifies "Holy Ones", they being called so by an antiphrasis; though Abarbinel thinks these were the idolatrous priests, whom the worshippers of idols reckoned "holy", and so built houses for them near the temple to lodge in; the Targum is,"and broke down the houses of things consecrated to idols,''where they were put; and Theodoret on the place observes, that by an homonymy, they called the demons or idols themselves "Holy Ones"; and it is not likely, indeed, that the Sodomites should be

where the women wove hangings for the grove; that is, for Astarte, as the same writer observes: or "curtains", as the Jewish writers generally interpret it, in which either the idol was enclosed, or these made apartments for the idolaters to commit their abominable wickedness privately; though the Syriac and Arabic versions are,"they wove garments for the idols that were there;''and so the Septuagint version, of the Complutensian edition; that is, they wove garments for the goddess Astarte, which they dressed her with: the word signifies "houses", and may mean the shrines of the idol made of woven work.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. brake down the houses of the sodomites—not solid houses, but tents, called elsewhere [2Ki 17:30] Succoth-benoth, "the booths of the young women," who were devoted to the service of Asherah, for which they made embroidered hangings, and in which they gave themselves to unbridled revelry and lust. Or the hangings might be for Asherah itself, as it is a popular superstition in the East to hang pieces of cloth on trees.

2 Kings 23:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Josiah Destroys Idolatry
6He brought out the Asherah from the house of the LORD outside Jerusalem to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and ground it to dust, and threw its dust on the graves of the common people. 7He also broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the LORD, where the women were weaving hangings for the Asherah. 8Then he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba; and he broke down the high places of the gates which were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on one's left at the city gate.…
Cross References
Exodus 35:25
Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun--blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen.

Exodus 35:26
And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun the goat hair.

Deuteronomy 23:17
No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute.

1 Kings 14:24
There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.

1 Kings 15:12
He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made.

Ezekiel 16:16
You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. You went to him, and he possessed your beauty.
Treasury of Scripture

And he broke down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

the sodomites.

Genesis 19:4,5 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, …

1 Kings 14:24 And there were also sodomites in the land…

1 Kings 15:12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the …

1 Kings 22:46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his …

2 Chronicles 34:33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries …

Romans 1:26,27 For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their …

where.

Exodus 35:25,26 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, …

Ezekiel 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD's house which …

Ezekiel 16:16 And of your garments you did take, and decked your high places with …

Hosea 2:13 And I will visit on her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense …

hangings. Heb. houses.

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