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2 Kings 23:7

    2 Kings 23:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he broke down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of Jehovah, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he had the houses pulled down of those who were used for sex purposes in the house of the Lord, where women were making robes for the Asherah.

    Webster's Revision

    And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of Jehovah, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

    World English Bible

    He broke down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of Yahweh, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Kings 23:7

    The houses of the sodomites - We have already often met with these קדשים kedeshim or consecrated persons. The word implies all kinds of prostitutes, as well as abusers of themselves with mankind.

    Wove hangings for the grove - For Asherah; curtains or tent coverings for the places where the rites of the impure goddess were performed. See at the end of 2 Kings 21:26 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Kings 23:7

    By the house of the Lord - This did not arise from intentional desecration, but from the fact that the practices in question were a part of the idolatrous ceremonial, being regarded as pleasing to the gods, and, indeed, as positive acts of worship (compare the marginal reference).

    The "women" were probably the priestesses attached to the worship of Astarte, which was intimately connected with that of the Asherah or "grove." Among their occupations one was the weaving of coverings (literally "houses" margin) for the Asherah, which seem to have been of various colors (marginal reference).

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Kings 23:7

    23:7 Sodomites - Sodomy was a part of idol - worship, being done to the honour of some of their idols, and by the appointment of those impure and diabolical spirits, which were worshipped in their idols. Hangings - Or, curtains, either to draw before the idols which were worshipped in the grove, to preserve them from defilement, or to gain more reverence for them: Or, garments for the service of the grove, for the idols or the priests belonging to them. Heb. houses, that is, either little chappels made of woven work, like those which were made of silver, Acts 19:24, within which there were some representations of their grove - idols: or rather, tents made of those curtains for the use above - mentioned.