2 Kings 23:7
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.

Berean Study Bible
He also tore down the quarters of the male cult prostitutes that were in the house of the LORD, where the women had woven tapestries for 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
He had the buildings torn down where the male prostitutes lived next to the temple, and where the women wove sacred robes for the idol of Asherah.

Good News Translation
He destroyed the living quarters in the Temple occupied by the temple prostitutes. (It was there that women wove robes used in the worship of Asherah.)

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.

New Heart English Bible
He broke down the living quarters of the temple prostitutes, that were in the house of the LORD, where the women wove coverings for the 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he broke down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of the LORD, where the women wove coverings for the Asherah.

New American Standard 1977
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.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he pulled down the house of the sodomites that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove tents for the grove.

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.
Study Bible
Josiah Destroys Idolatry
6He brought the Asherah pole from the house of the LORD to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem, and there he burned it, ground it to powder, and threw its dust on the graves of the common people. 7He also tore down the quarters of the male cult prostitutes that were in the house of the LORD, where the women had woven tapestries for Asherah. 8Then Josiah brought all the priests from the cities of Judah and desecrated the high places, from Geba to Beersheba, where the priests had burned incense. He tore down the high places of the gates at the entrance of the gate of Joshua, the governor of the city, which was to the left of 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 skilled women whose hearts were stirred spun the goat hair.

Deuteronomy 23:17
No daughter or son of Israel is to be a cult prostitute.

1 Kings 14:24
There were even male cult prostitutes in the land. They imitated all the abominations of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.

1 Kings 15:12
He banished the male cult prostitutes from the land and removed all of the idols that his fathers had made.

Ezekiel 16:16
You took some of your garments and made colorful high places for yourself, and on them you prostituted yourself. Such things should not have happened; never should they have occurred!

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, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: …

1 Kings 14:24
And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

1 Kings 15:12
And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

where.

Exodus 35:25,26
And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen…

Ezekiel 8:14
Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

Ezekiel 16:16
And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

hangings.







Lexicon
He also tore down
וַיִּתֹּץ֙ (way·yit·tōṣ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5422: To pull down, break down

the quarters
בָּתֵּ֣י (bāt·tê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of the male cult prostitutes
הַקְּדֵשִׁ֔ים (haq·qə·ḏê·šîm)
Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6945: A, sacred person, a, devotee, to licentious idolatry

that [were]
אֲשֶׁ֖ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

in the house
בְּבֵ֣ית (bə·ḇêṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of the LORD,
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

where
אֲשֶׁ֣ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

the women
הַנָּשִׁ֗ים (han·nā·šîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

had woven
אֹרְג֥וֹת (’ō·rə·ḡō·wṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 707: To plait, weave

tapestries
בָּתִּ֖ים (bāt·tîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

for Asherah.
לָאֲשֵׁרָֽה׃ (lā·’ă·šê·rāh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 842: A Phoenician goddess, also an image of the same
(7) The houses . . . by the house.--The cabins of the Ked?shim . . . in the house. The Ked?shim were males, perhaps eunuchs, who prostituted themselves like women in honour of the Asherah. (See 1Kings 14:24; 1Kings 15:12; Hosea 4:14.) The passage shows that the last infamy of Canaanite nature-worship had been established in the very sanctuary of Jehovah. The revolt of Judah could go no farther.

Where the women wove hangings for the grove.--Wherein the women used to weave tents for the Ash?rah. The word we have rendered cabins and tents is b?ttim, "houses." What is meant in the latter case is not clear. Perhaps the female harlots attached to the Temple wove portable tabernacles or sanctuaries of the goddess for sale to the worshippers; or tents (screens) for their own foul rites may be meant.

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. 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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