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He removed the shrines. He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the sacred pole.[a] He crushed the bronze snake that Moses made, because up to that point the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (The snake was named Nehushtan.)

Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, Israel’s God. There was no one like him among all of Judah’s kings—not before him and not after him. He clung to the Lord and never deviated from him. He kept the commandments that the Lord had commanded Moses.

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  1. 2 Kings 18:4 Heb asherah, perhaps an object devoted to the goddess Asherah