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2 Kings 23:16-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. 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 which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. 17 Then he said, “What gravestone is this that I see?”

So the men of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethel.”

18 And he said, “Let him alone; let no one move his bones.” So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.

19 Now Josiah also took away all the [a]shrines of the [b]high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke [c]the Lord to anger; and he did to them according to all the deeds he had done in Bethel. 20 He executed all the priests of the [d]high places who were there, on the altars, and burned men’s bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.


  1. 2 Kings 23:19 Lit. houses
  2. 2 Kings 23:19 Places for pagan worship
  3. 2 Kings 23:19 So with LXX, Syr., Vg.; MT, Tg. omit the Lord
  4. 2 Kings 23:20 Places for pagan worship
New King James Version (NKJV)

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Book name not found: 2 kings for the version: 1881 Westcott-Hort New Testament.
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