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 throughout Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, to the last one.Then all the Israelites returned to their cities, each to his own possession.
He removed the high places and shattered the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah [poles]. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.
Suppose you say to me: We trust in the LORD our God. Isn't He the One whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem: You must worship at this altar in Jerusalem?'
Suppose you say to me: We trust in the LORD our God. Isn't He the One whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem: You are to worship at this altar?
Ye shall worship
Be careful not to offer your burnt offerings in all the [sacred] places you see.
You must offer your burnt offerings only in the place the LORD chooses in one of your tribes, and there you must do everything I command you.
"But you are to take the holy offerings you have and your vow offerings and go to the place the LORD chooses.
Present the meat and blood of your burnt offerings on the altar of the LORD your God. The blood of your [other] sacrifices is to be poured out beside the altar of the LORD your God, but you may eat the meat.
He made a bronze altar 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 15 feet high.
"You are to construct the altar of acacia wood. The altar must be square, seven and a half feet long, and seven and a half feet wide; it must be four and a half feet high.
Make horns for it on its four corners; the horns are to be of one piece. Overlay it with bronze.
Make its pots for removing ashes, and its shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans; make all its utensils of bronze.
Construct a grate for it of bronze mesh, and make four bronze rings on the mesh at its four corners.
Set it below, under the altar's ledge, so that the mesh comes halfway up the altar.
Then make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze.
The poles are to be inserted into the rings, so that the poles are on two sides of the altar when it is carried.
Construct the altar with boards so that it is hollow. They are to make it just as it was shown to you on the mountain.
"You are to make an altar for the burning of incense; make it of acacia wood.
It must be square, 18 inches long and 18 inches wide; it must be 36 inches high. Its horns must be of one piece.
Overlay its top, all around its sides, and its horns with pure gold; make a gold molding all around it.
Make two gold rings for it under the molding on two of its sides; put these on opposite sides of it to be holders for the poles to carry it with.
Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.
"You are to place the altar in front of the veil by the ark of the testimony-- in front of the mercy seat that is over the testimony-- where I will meet with you.
Moses also installed the gold altar in the tent of meeting, in front of the veil,
and burned fragrant incense on it, just as the LORD had commanded him.
He put up the screen at the entrance to the tabernacle.
Then he placed the altar of burnt offering at the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, and offered the burnt offering and the grain offering on it, just as the LORD had commanded him.
Solomon also made all the equipment in the LORD's temple: the gold altar; the gold table that the bread of the Presence was placed on;