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But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

16:3 pass through the fire. Among all “the abominations of the heathen,” the worst was probably child sacrifice, and it might seem incredible that even the chosen people of God, led by a Davidic king, could descend into such depths of pagan pantheism. Yet, all these practices—the high places, the tree worship, even child sacrifice—are reportedly being practiced again today in certain New Age cults.

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