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2 Kings 23:1
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(a)Then the king sent, and they gathered to him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.
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2 Kings 23:2
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The king went up to the house of the Lord and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great; and (b)he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant (c)which was found in the house of the Lord .
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2 Kings 23:3
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(d)The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord , (e)to walk after the Lord , and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people [a]entered into the covenant.
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2 Kings 23:4
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Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest and (f)the priests of the second order and the [b]doorkeepers, (g)to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, for [c]Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and (h)he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.
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2 Kings 23:5
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He did away with the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah and in the surrounding area of Jerusalem, also those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and to the moon and to the constellations and to all the (i)host of heaven.
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2 Kings 23:6
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He brought out the Asherah from the house of the Lord outside Jerusalem to the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and (j)ground it to dust, and (k)threw its dust on the graves of the [d]common people.
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2 Kings 23:7
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He also broke down the houses of the (l)male cult prostitutes which were in the house of the Lord , where (m)the women were weaving [e]hangings for the Asherah.
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2 Kings 23:8
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Then he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from (n)Geba to Beersheba; and he broke down the high places of the gates which were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on one's left at the city gate.
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2 Kings 23:9
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Nevertheless (o)the priests of the high places did not go up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brothers.
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2 Kings 23:10
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(p)He also defiled [f]Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, (q)that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire for (r)Molech.
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2 Kings 23:11
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He did away with the horses which the kings of Judah had given to the (s)sun, at the entrance of the house of the Lord , by the chamber of Nathan-melech the official, which was in the precincts; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
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2 Kings 23:12
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(t)The altars which were on the roof, the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and (u)the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord , the king broke down; and he [g]smashed them there and (v)threw their dust into the brook Kidron.
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2 Kings 23:13
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The high places which were before Jerusalem, which were on the right of (w)the mount of destruction which Solomon the king of Israel had built for (x)Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for (y)Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the sons of Ammon, the king defiled.
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2 Kings 23:14
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(z)He broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherim and (aa)filled their places with human bones.
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2 Kings 23:15
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Furthermore, (ab)the altar that was at Bethel and the (ac)high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he broke down. Then he [h](ad)demolished its stones, ground them to dust, and burned the Asherah.
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2 Kings 23:16
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Now when Josiah turned, he saw the graves that were there on the mountain, and he sent and took the bones from the graves and burned them on the altar and defiled it (ae)according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these things.
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2 Kings 23:17
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Then he said, "What is this monument that I see?" And the men of the city told him, "(af)It is the grave of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethel."
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2 Kings 23:18
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He said, "Let him alone; let no one disturb his bones." So they [i]left his bones undisturbed (ag)with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.
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2 Kings 23:19
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Josiah also removed all the houses of the high places which were (ah)in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made provoking [j]the Lord ; and he did to them [k]just as he had done in Bethel.
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2 Kings 23:20
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All the priests of the high places who were there (ai)he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on them; then he returned to Jerusalem.
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2 Kings 23:21
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Then the king commanded all the people saying, "(aj)Celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God (ak)as it is written in this book of the covenant."
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2 Kings 23:22
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(al)Surely such a Passover had not been celebrated from the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah.
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2 Kings 23:23
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But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was observed to the Lord in Jerusalem.
2 Kings 23:24
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Moreover, Josiah [l]removed (am)the mediums and the spiritists and the (an)teraphim and (ao)the idols and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, (ap)that he might [m]confirm the words of the law which were written (aq)in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord .
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2 Kings 23:25
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Before him there was no king (ar)like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.
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2 Kings 23:26
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However, the Lord did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath with which His anger burned against Judah, (as)because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him.
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2 Kings 23:27
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The Lord said, "I will remove Judah also from My sight, (at)as I have removed Israel. And (au)I will cast off Jerusalem, this city which I have chosen, and the [n]temple of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.'"
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2 Kings 23:28
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Now the rest of the acts of Josiah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
2 Kings 23:29
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(av)In his days (aw)Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. And King Josiah went to meet him, and when Pharaoh Neco saw him he killed him at (ax)Megiddo.
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2 Kings 23:30
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(ay)His servants drove [o]his body in a chariot from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. (az)Then the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah and anointed him and made him king in place of his father.
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