The king tore down the altars that were on the roof-- Ahaz's upper chamber that the kings of Judah had made-- and the altars that Manasseh had made in the two courtyards of the LORD's temple. Then he smashed them there and threw their dust into the Kidron Valley.
The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will become impure like that place Topheth-- all the houses on whose rooftops they have burned incense to the whole heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods."
The Chaldeans who are going to fight against this city will come, set this city on fire, and burn it along with the houses where incense has been burned to Baal on their rooftops and where drink offerings have been poured out to other gods to provoke Me to anger.
Then Elijah approached all the people and said, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If Yahweh is God, follow Him. But if Baal, follow him." But the people didn't answer him a word.
They feared the LORD, but they also worshiped their own gods according to the custom of the nations where they had been deported from.
These nations feared the LORD but also served their idols. Their children and grandchildren continue doing as their fathers did until today.
"No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
You are to fear the LORD your God and worship Him. Remain faithful to Him and take oaths in His name.
"Listen to this, house of Jacob-- those who are called by the name Israel and have descended from Judah, who swear by the name of the LORD and declare the God of Israel, [but] not in truth or righteousness.
if you swear, As the LORD lives, in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then the nations will be blessed by Him and will pride themselves in Him.
Israel, if you act promiscuously, don't let Judah become guilty! Do not go to Gilgal or make a pilgrimage to Beth-aven, and do not swear an oath: As the LORD lives!
by the Lord
This one will say: I am the LORD's; another will call [himself] by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand: The LORD's, and name [himself] by the name of Israel."
By Myself I have sworn; Truth has gone from My mouth, a word that will not be revoked: Every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will swear allegiance.
For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.
and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them; do not worship them or bow down to them.
For they have abandoned Me; they have bowed the knee to Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, to Chemosh, the god of Moab, and to Milcom, the god of the Ammonites. They have not walked in My ways to do right in My eyes and to carry out My statutes and My judgments as his father David did.
But you have taken up Sakkuthyour king and Kaiwanyour star god, images you have made for yourselves.