2 Chronicles 34:6
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,

Berean Study Bible
Josiah did the same in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them.

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

New King James Version
And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali and all around, with axes.

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

NASB 1995
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins,

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

Amplified Bible
In the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and as far as Naphtali, in their surrounding ruins,

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.

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.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the towns of the house of Manasheh and of the house of Aphreim and of Shimeon and of Naphtali in their streets as circling around.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he did so in the cities of Manasse, and Ephraim, and Symeon, and Nephthali, and the places round about them.

Contemporary English Version
He did the same things in the towns and ruined villages in the territories of West Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as the border of Naphtali.

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

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

Good News Translation
He did the same thing in the cities and the devastated areas of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far north as Naphtali.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
and in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even to Naphtali, with their tools, all around.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Josiah Destroys Idolatry
5Then he burned the bones of the priests on their altars. So he cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. 6Josiah did the same in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them. 7He tore down the altars and Asherah poles, crushed the idols to powder, and cut to pieces all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem.…

Cross References
1 Samuel 13:20
Instead, all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen their plowshares, mattocks, axes, and sickles.

2 Kings 23:15
He even pulled down the altar at Bethel, the high place set up by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin. Then he burned the high place, ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole.

2 Kings 23:19
Just as Josiah had done at Bethel, so also in the cities of Samaria he removed all the shrines of the high places set up by the kings of Israel who had provoked the LORD to anger.


Treasury of Scripture

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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2 Chronicles 30:1,10,11
And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel…

2 Chronicles 31:1
Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.

2 Kings 23:15-20
Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove…

mattocks.

1 Samuel 13:20,21
But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock…

Proverbs 25:18
A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Isaiah 7:25
And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.









(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 behorbuthehem, instead of behorbothehem, 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 b-tthehem, so as to suggest the reading behar b-tthehem, "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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
[Josiah] did the same in the cities
וּבְעָרֵ֨י (ū·ḇə·‘ā·rê)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 5892: Excitement

of Manasseh,
מְנַשֶּׁ֧ה (mə·naš·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4519: Manasseh -- 'causing to forget', a son of Joseph, also a king of Judah, also two Israelites

Ephraim,
וְאֶפְרַ֛יִם (wə·’ep̄·ra·yim)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 669: Ephraim -- a son of Joseph, also his descendants and their territory

and Simeon,
וְשִׁמְע֖וֹן (wə·šim·‘ō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8095: Simeon -- a son of Jacob, also his tribe, also an Israelite with a foreign wife

as
וְעַד־ (wə·‘aḏ-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

far as Naphtali,
נַפְתָּלִ֑י (nap̄·tā·lî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 5321: Naphtali -- a son of Jacob, also his descendants and the district settled by them

and on their surrounding
סָבִֽיב׃ (sā·ḇîḇ)
Adverb
Strong's 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around

ruins.
בְּחַרְבֹתֵיהֶ֖ם (bə·ḥar·ḇō·ṯê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 1004: A house


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