4 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high [a]Priest, and the Priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven, and he burnt them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried [b]the powder of them into Bethel.
5 And he put down the [c]Chemarims, whom the kings of Judah had founded to burn incense in the high places, and in the cities of Judah and about Jerusalem, and also them that burnt incense unto Baal, to the sun and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
6 And he brought out the [d]grove from the Temple of the Lord, without Jerusalem unto the valley of Kidron, and burnt it in the valley Kidron, and stamped it to powder, and cast the dust thereof upon the [e]graves of the children of the people.
2 Kings 23:4Meaning, them which were next in dignity to the high Priest.
2 Kings 23:4In contempt of that altar, which Jeroboam had there built to sacrifice to his calves.
2 Kings 23:5Meaning, the priests of Baal, which were called Chemarims, either because they wore black garments, or else were smoked with burning incense to idols.
2 Kings 23:6He removed the grove which idolaters for devotion had planted near unto the Temple, contrary to the commandment of the Lord, Deut. 16:21, or as some read, the similitude of a grove which was hung in the Temple.
2 Kings 23:6Both in contempt of the idols and reproach of them which had worshipped them in their lives.
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