With soft speech they seduced him into the worship of asherim.
Micah also prophesies against the "pillars" and "asherim" (v. 13, 14).
And if not, where is the appropriateness of the words "When they remember their sons, their altars, and their asherim?"
asherim seem to be upright wooden stocks of trees in honour of the Nature-goddess Asheroth.
The real form was doubtless an "asherim," a modified palm-tree, as we have already shown.
1863, wooden pillar used as symbol of Canaanite goddess Ashera, of unknown origin.
and pl. Asherim in Revised Version, instead of "grove" and "groves" of the Authorized Version. This was the name of a sensual Canaanitish goddess Astarte, the feminine of the Assyrian Ishtar. Its symbol was the stem of a tree deprived of its boughs, and rudely shaped into an image, and planted in the ground. Such religious symbols ("groves") are frequently alluded to in Scripture (Ex. 34:13; Judg. 6:25; 2 Kings 23:6; 1 Kings 16:33, etc.). These images were also sometimes made of silver or of carved stone (2 Kings 21:7; "the graven image of Asherah," R.V.). (See GROVE ØT0001556 .).