He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles.(A) He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made,(B) for until then the Israelites were burning incense to it. It was called Nehushtan.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 18:4 = A Bronze Thing

Removal of Idolatry

31 When all this was completed, all Israel who had attended went out to the cities of Judah and broke up the sacred pillars, chopped down the Asherah poles, and tore down the high places and altars(A) throughout Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, to the last one.[a] Then all the Israelites returned to their cities, each to his own possession.

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Footnotes

  1. 31:1 Lit Manasseh, until finishing

11 Isn’t Hezekiah misleading you to give you over to death by famine and thirst when he says, “The Lord our God will keep us from the grasp of the king of Assyria”? 12 Didn’t Hezekiah himself remove his high places and his altars(A) and say to Judah and Jerusalem, “You must worship before one altar, and you must burn incense on it”?

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