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He followed in the footsteps of[a] the kings of Israel. He passed his son through the fire,[b] a horrible sin practiced by the nations[c] whom the Lord drove out from before the Israelites.

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  1. 2 Kings 16:3 tn Heb “he walked in the way of.”
  2. 2 Kings 16:3 sn This may refer to child sacrifice, though some interpret it as a less drastic cultic practice. For discussion see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 266-67.
  3. 2 Kings 16:3 tn Heb “like the abominable practices of the nations.”

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