altars shall be desolate
6:4 altars shall be desolate. Both Israel and Judah had long been enamored of the images and idols of the pagan nations around them, but the Babylonians destroyed them along with their holy temple. As far as we know, the children of Israel never again lapsed into pagan idolatry and its gross practices after their return from captivity. They had learned that lesson the hard way. Instead they drifted into the sins of legalism, rationalism, and materialism.