2 Kings 23:4

“And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth 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 burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the king commanded Hilkiah the high Priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the doore to bring forth out of the Temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the groue, and for all the hoste of heauen: and he burnt them without Ierusalem in the fields of Kidron, and caried the ashes of them vnto Bethel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second order and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring forth out of the temple of Jehovah all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the Asherah, and for all the host of heaven, and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then the king gave orders to Hilkiah, the chief priest, and to the priests of the second order, and to the keepers of the door, to take out of the house of the Lord all the vessels made for Baal and for the Asherah and for all the stars of heaven; and he had them burned outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and took the dust of them to Beth-el.
- Basic English Bible

And the king commanded Hilkijah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the doorkeepers, to bring forth out of the temple of Jehovah all the vessels that had been made for Baal, and for the Asherah, and for all the host of the heavens; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them to Bethel.
- Darby Bible

And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth 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 burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them to Beth-el.
- Webster's Bible

The king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring forth out of the temple of Yahweh all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the Asherah, and for all the army of the sky, and he burned them outside of Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried the ashes of them to Bethel.
- World English Bible

And the king commandeth Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring out from the temple of Jehovah all the vessels that are made for Baal, and for the shrine, and for all the host of the heavens, and he burneth them at the outside of Jerusalem, in the fields of Kidron, and hath borne their ashes to Beth-El.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Kings 23:4


23:4 Second order - Either those two who were next in degree to the high - priest, and in case of sickness were to manage his work: or the heads of the twenty four courses which David had appointed. The grove - The image of the grove: it being most frequent to call images by the names of the persons or things which they represent. The fields - Adjoining to the brook of Kidron. To Beth - el - To shew his abhorrence of them, and that he would not give the ashes of them a place in his kingdom: and to pollute and disgrace that place which had been the chief seat and throne of idolatry.


Discussion for 2 Kings 23

  • Irene123
    I think that Josiah who was raised with filth and idolatry actually turned to the truth of God's word when FIRST confronted with it!!! It's so beautiful, but so 'almost' unbelievable. I wasn't raised with anything, but I knew there was a 'god' somewhere - wasn't there .....? I was an 'empty vessel'. Then, at age 27 He began filling me with His truth. I had nothing to compare it to, as Josiah did.
  • really powerful verse and chapter on REFORM....
  • Elizabeth
    It is a great thing that king Josiah served the Lord and was favored.that should be a very good example to all of us as a christian.
  • Prosper onyemaechi
    King josiah is a king of diginity nd a man of excellent behaviour that every body has to emmulate.every higher ground international school student shuld knw that it is good to live a life of purity.
  • OLUWATISE
    I PRAY DAT IN THE NAME OF THE ALMIGTHY GOD U N I WIL NOT SERVE A MAN MADE god IN NAME OF JESUS AMEN
  • Okonkwo Agnes
    King Josiah set his heart to serve the Lord and the Lord prospered him, also as believers, we should always desire to please the Lord at all times in spite of perscution, trials, etc. Again, what ever God says he will do, he must surely do it even as it happended when Josiah destroyed all the images in the temple.

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