I received the following question:

Why is it mentioned in 2 Kings 23:8 that the high places were “on one’s left at the city gate”?

For one thing, this is an accurate account of where these gates really were. Demonstrated by this is the fact that the author was familiar with what he wrote, and was not writing hundreds of years after, as some like to claim. But also, we see from this how prominent this high place was. The city gates were where the important men of the city got together to do business. This particular gate was apparently where the governor of the city of Jerusalem himself held court. And right there was the high place! This shows just how sanctioned by the governments previous to Josiah worshipping idols on these high places really was. No wonder Josiah’s reforms did not last a day past his death!