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{2 Kings 21:3} For he built up 1129 z8799 again 7725 z8799 x853 the high places 1116 which x834 Hezekiah 2396 his father 1 had destroyed; 6 z8765 and he reared up 6965 z8686 altars 4196 for Baal, 1168 and made 6213 z8799 a grove, 842 as x834 did 6213 z8804 Ahab 256 king 4428 of Israel; 3478 and worshipped 7812 z8691 all x3605 the host 6635 of heaven, 8064 and served 5647 z8799 them.
the high places:
"He¹ removedª°¹ the high places,ª and brakeª°¹ the images,ª and cut downª°¹ the groves,ª and brake in piecesª° the brasenª serpentª that¹ Mosesª had made:ª° for¹ unto¹ those¹ daysª the childrenª of Israelª did¹ burn incenseª° to it: and he calledª° it Nehushtan.ª" {2Kg 18:4} + "But if¹ ye sayª° unto¹ me, We trustª° in¹ the LORDª our God:ª [is] not¹ that he,¹ whose¹¹ high placesª and whose altarsª Hezekiahª hath taken away,ª° and hath saidª° to Judahª and Jerusalem,ª Ye shall worshipª° beforeª this¹ altarª in Jerusalem?ª" {2Kg 18:22} + "Hath not¹ the same¹ Hezekiahª taken awayª°¹ his high placesª and his altars,ª and commandedª° Judahª and Jerusalem,ª saying,ª° Ye shall worshipª° beforeª oneª altar,ª and burn incenseª° upon¹ it?" {2Ch 32:12} + "For in the eighthª yearª of his reign,ª° while he¹ was yet¹ young,ª he beganª° to seekª° after the Godª of Davidª his father:ª and in the twelfthªª yearª he beganª° to purgeª°¹ Judahª and Jerusalemª from¹ the high places,ª and the groves,ª and the carved images,ª and the molten images.ª" {2Ch 34:3}
he reared:
"And Jehuª gatheredª°¹ all¹ the peopleª together,²° and saidª° unto¹ them, Ahabª servedª°¹ Baalª a little;ª [but] Jehuª shall serveª° him much.ª° ... And Jehuª said,ª° Proclaimª° a solemn assemblyª for Baal.ª And they proclaimedª° [it]." {2Kg 10:18-20} + "And it came to pass,¹ as if it had been a light thingª° for him to walk²°¹ in the sinsª of Jeroboamª the sonª of Nebat,ª that he tookª° to wifeª¹ Jezebelª the daughterª of Ethbaalª kingª of the Zidonians,ª and went²°¹ and servedª°¹ Baal,ª and worshippedª° him. ... And Ahabª madeª°¹ a grove;ª and Ahabª didª° moreª° to provoke¹¹ the LORDª Godª of Israelª to anger²° than all¹¹ the kingsª of Israelª that¹ were¹ beforeª him." {1Kg 16:31-33} + "And Elijahª cameª° unto¹ all¹ the people,ª and said,ª° How long²¹¹ haltª° ye¹ between¹ twoª opinions?ª if¹ the LORDª [be] God,ª follow¹¹ him: but if¹ Baal,ª [then] followª²°¹ him. And the peopleª answeredª° him not¹ a word.ª" {1Kg 18:21} + "And they tookª°¹ the bullockª which¹ was givenª° them, and they dressedª° [it], and calledª° on the nameª of Baalª from morningª¹ even until¹ noon,ª saying,ª° O Baal,ª hearª° us. But [there was] noª voice,ª nor¹ any that answered.ª° And they leapedª° upon¹ the altarª which¹ was made.ª°" {1Kg 18:26}
a grove:
Rather, as we have before remarked, Asherah or Astarte. So Castel defines Asherah to be Simulacrum ligneum Astarte dicatum; "A wooden image dedicated to Astarte."
"And he walked²°¹ in the wayª of the kingsª of Israel,ª as¹ didª° the houseª of Ahab:ª for¹ the daughterª of Ahabª was¹ his wife:ª and he didª° evilª in the sightª of the LORD.ª" {2Kg 8:18} + "And he walked²°¹ in the wayª of the houseª of Ahab,ª and didª° evilª in the sightª of the LORD,ª as [did] the houseª of Ahab:ª for¹ he¹ [was] the son in lawª of the houseª of Ahab.ª" {2Kg 8:27} + "For the statutesª of Omriª are kept,ª° and all¹ the worksª of the houseª of Ahab,ª and ye walk²°¹ in their counsels;ª that¹ I should makeª° thee a desolation,ª and the inhabitantsª° thereof an hissing:ª therefore ye shall bearª° the reproachª of my people.ª" {Mic 6:16}
and worshipped:
"And they leftª°¹ all¹ the commandmentsª of the LORDª their God,ª and madeª° them molten images,ª [even] twoª calves,ª and madeª° a grove,ª and worshippedª° all¹ the hostª of heaven,ª and servedª°¹ Baal.ª" {2Kg 17:16} + "And the kingª commandedª°¹ Hilkiahª the highª priest,ª and the priestsª of the second order,ª and the keepersª° of the door,ª to bring forthª° out of the templeª¹ of the LORDª¹ all¹ the vesselsª that were madeª° for Baal,ª and for the grove,ª and for all¹ the hostª of heaven:ª and he burnedª° them withoutª¹ Jerusalemª in the fieldsª of Kidron,ª and carriedª°¹ the ashesª of them unto Bethel.ª" {2Kg 23:4} + "And lest¹ thou lift upª° thine eyesª unto heaven,ª and when thou seestª°¹ the sun,ª and the moon,ª and the stars,ª [even] all¹ the hostª of heaven,ª shouldest be drivenª° to worshipª° them, and serveª° them, which¹ the LORDª thy Godª hath dividedª°¹ unto all¹ nationsª under¹ the whole¹ heaven.ª" {Deu 4:19} + "And hath gone²°¹ and servedª° otherª gods,ª and worshippedª° them, either the sun,ª or¹ moon,ª or¹ any¹ of the hostª of heaven,ª which¹ I have not¹ commanded;ª°" {Deu 17:3} + "For he builtª° againª°¹ the high placesª which¹ Hezekiahª his fatherª had broken down,ª° and he reared upª° altarsª for Baalim,ª and madeª° groves,ª and worshippedª° all¹ the hostª of heaven,ª and servedª° them. ... And he builtª° altarsª for all¹ the hostª of heavenª in the twoª courtsª of the houseª of the LORD.ª" {2Ch 33:3-5} + "If¹ I beheldª° the sunª when¹ it shined,ª° or the moonª walkingª° [in] brightness;ª" {Job 31:26}

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