I will have your Asherahs pulled up from among you: and I will send destruction on your images.
I'll root out your sacred sex-and-power centers and destroy the God-defiant.
I will pluck your wooden images from your midst; Thus I will destroy your cities.
And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
I will pull out your poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah. I will wipe out your cities.
I will uproot your images of Asherah* from your midst, and destroy your idols.*
5:14 I will uproot your images of Asherah241
tn Or “Asherah poles.”
snAsherah was a leading deity of the Canaanite pantheon, wife/sister of El and goddess of fertility. She was commonly worshiped at shrines in or near groves of evergreen trees, or, failing that, at places marked by wooden poles. These were to be burned or cut down (Deut 12:3; 16:21; Judg 6:25, 28, 30; 2 Kgs 18:4). The Lord> states that he will destroy these images, something the Israelites themselves should have done but failed to do.
from your midst,
and destroy your idols.242
tn The MT reads “your cities,” but many emend the text to צִרֶיךָ (tsirekha, “your images”) or עֲצַבֶּיךָ (’atsbbekha, “your idols”).