“Do not make idols for yourselves, set up a carved image or sacred pillar for yourselves, or place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am Yahweh your God.
Then all the lords of Shechem and of Beth-millo gathered together and proceeded to make Abimelech king at the oak of the pillar in Shechem.
For the Israelites must live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or household idols.
Their hearts are devious;
now they must bear their guilt.
The Lord will break down their altars
and demolish their sacred pillars.
Israel is a lush vine;
it yields fruit for itself.
The more his fruit increased,
the more he increased the altars.
The better his land produced,
the better they made the sacred pillars.
I will remove your carved images
and sacred pillars from you
so that you will not bow down again
to the work of your hands.
1 Kings 14:23
They also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree;
2 Kings 17:10
They set up for themselves sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.
You must not bow down to their gods or worship them. Do not imitate their practices. Instead, demolish them and smash their sacred pillars to pieces.
Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.
Instead, this is what you are to do to them: tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, cut down their Asherah poles, and burn up their carved images.
Tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, burn up their Asherah poles, cut down the carved images of their gods, and wipe out their names from every place.
2 Kings 3:2
He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, but not like his father and mother, for he removed the sacred pillar of Baal his father had made.
2 Kings 10:26
They brought out the pillars of the temple of Baal and burned them
2 Kings 18:4
He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan.
2 Kings 23:14
He broke the sacred pillars into pieces, cut down the Asherah poles, then filled their places with human bones.
Early in the morning Jacob took the stone that was near his head and set it up as a marker. He poured oil on top of it
This stone that I have set up as a marker will be God’s house, and I will give to You a tenth of all that You give me.”
So Jacob picked out a stone and set it up as a marker.
Laban also said to Jacob, “Look at this mound and the marker I have set up between you and me.
This mound is a witness and the marker is a witness that I will not pass beyond this mound to you, and you will not pass beyond this mound and this marker to do me harm.
Jacob set up a marker at the place where He had spoken to him—a stone marker. He poured a drink offering on it and anointed it with oil.
Jacob set up a marker on her grave; it is the marker at Rachel’s grave to this day.
On that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the Lord near her border.
But his wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.
And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early the next morning and set up an altar and 12 pillars for the 12 tribes of Israel at the base of the mountain.
He will smash the sacred pillars of the sun temple in the land of Egypt and burn down the temples of the Egyptian gods.”
Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch,
their idols cannot speak.
They must be carried because they cannot walk.
Do not fear them for they can do no harm—
and they cannot do any good.
The Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to lead them on their way during the day and in a pillar of fire to give them light at night, so that they could travel day or night.
The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night never left its place in front of the people.
They will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people, how You, Lord, are seen face to face, how Your cloud stands over them, and how You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
You led them with a pillar of cloud by day,
and with a pillar of fire by night,
to illuminate the way they should go.
You did not abandon them in the wilderness
because of Your great compassion.
During the day the pillar of cloud
never turned away from them,
guiding them on their journey.
And during the night the pillar of fire
illuminated the way they should go.
Then during the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian forces from the pillar of fire and cloud, and threw them into confusion.
Then the Angel of God, who was going in front of the Israelite forces, moved and went behind them. The pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and stood behind them.
When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance to the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses.
As all the people saw the pillar of cloud remaining at the entrance to the tent, they would stand up, then bow in worship, each one at the door of his tent.
I will display wonders
in the heavens and on the earth:
blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, surrounded by a cloud, with a rainbow over his head. His face was like the sun, his legs were like fiery pillars,
2 Chronicles 31:1
When all this was completed, all Israel who had attended went out to the cities of Judah and broke up the sacred pillars, chopped down the Asherah poles, and tore down the high places and altars throughout Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, to the last one. Then all the Israelites returned to their cities, each to his own possession.
2 Chronicles 14:3
He removed the pagan altars and the high places. He shattered their sacred pillars and chopped down their Asherah poles.