2 Kings 23:14
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English Standard Version
And he broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places with the bones of men.

King James Bible
And he brake 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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

All the (Levitical) priests he sent for from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem, and defiled the altars of the high places, upon which they had offered incense, from Geba to Beersheba, i.e., throughout the whole kingdom. Geba, the present Jeba, about three hours to the north of Jerusalem (see at Joshua 18:24), was the northern frontier of the kingdom of Judah, and Beersheba (Bir-seba: see the Comm. on Genesis 21:31) the southern frontier of Canaan. It is evident from 2 Kings 23:9 that כּהנים are Levitical priests. He ordered them to come to Jerusalem, that they might not carry on illegal worship any longer in the cities of Judah. He then commanded that the unlawful high places should be defiled throughout the whole land, for the purpose of suppressing this worship altogether. He also destroyed "the altars of the high places at the gates, (both that) which was at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, (and also that) which was at the left of every one (entering) by the city gate." The two clauses beginning with אשׁר contain a more precise description of השּׁערים בּמות. The gate of Joshua the governor of the city is not mentioned anywhere else, but it was probably near to his home, i.e., near the citadel of the city; but whether it was the future gate of Gennath, as Thenius supposes, or some other, it is impossible to determine. This also applies to the opinion that העיר שׁער is the valley gate or Joppa gate (Thenius) as being the gate of greatest traffic; for the traffic through the northern or Ephraim gate was certainly not less. אישׁ על־שׂמאול, at the left of every one, sc. going into the city.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he brake.

Exodus 23:24 You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but you shall utterly overthrow them...

Numbers 33:52 Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures...

Deuteronomy 7:5,25,26 But thus shall you deal with them; you shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves...

2 Chronicles 34:3,4 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father...

Micah 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire...

images. Heb. statues. the bones of men.

2 Kings 23:16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchers that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchers...

Numbers 19:16,18 And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave...

Jeremiah 8:1,2 At that time, said the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes...

Ezekiel 39:12-16 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land...

Matthew 23:27,28 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to white washed sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward...

Cross References
Exodus 34:13
You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim

Deuteronomy 7:5
But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire.

Deuteronomy 7:25
The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God.

2 Kings 23:16
And as Josiah turned, he saw the tombs there on the mount. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar and defiled it, according to the word of the LORD that the man of God proclaimed, who had predicted these things.

Isaiah 44:19
No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, "Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?"

Ezekiel 6:5
And I will lay the dead bodies of the people of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars.

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