“I will cut off
From this place
Every remnant of Baal.
I will cut off
Of the idolatrous priests.
They bow down
On the roofs
To the host
Of the heavens.
They bow down.
But also swear
They have turned back
From following Yahweh.
They do not seek Yahweh.
They do not inquire of him.”
In Jerusalem and Judah, Yahweh was going to cut off every last remains of the Canaanite god Baal, a very popular Semitic god, who was in charge of fertility and storms as the lord of all. Thus, the use of the term lord might indicate Baal as well. Apparently, there were some idolatrous priests in Judah or Jerusalem who worshiped Baal on the roofs of their houses. On top of that, there was the cult or worship of Milcom or Moloch. Generally, people would offer up their children as sacrifices to Milcom or Moloch. Thus, some people were swearing by Yahweh, but also swearing by Milcom at the same time. In other words, they were not true monotheists. They had turned away from Yahweh. They were no longer seeking Yahweh or inquiring about him.
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