2 Chronicles 331Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord destroyed from before the face of the children of Israel. 3And he returned and built the high places, which his father Hezekiah had pulled down, and set up images to the Baals, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4And he built altars in the house of the Lord, concerning which the Lord said, In Jerusalem shall be My name forever. 5And he built altars to all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6He also passed his children through the fire in the valley of the Son of Hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, divination, and sorceries, and appointed those who had divining spirits, and enchanters, and wrought abundant wickedness before the Lord, to provoke Him. 7And he set the graven image, the molten statue, the idol which he made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; 8and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I gave to their fathers, if only they will take heed to do all things which I have commanded them, according to all the law and the ordinances and the judgments given by the hand of Moses. 9So Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do evil beyond all the nations which the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel. 10And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they hearkened not. 11And the Lord brought upon them the captains of the armies of the king of Assyria, and they took Manasseh in bonds, and bound him in fetters, and brought him to Babylon. 12And when he was afflicted, he sought the face of the Lord his God, and was greatly humbled before the face of the God of his fathers; 13and he prayed to Him. And He hearkened to him, and listened to his cry, and brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. And Manasseh knew that the Lord, He is God. 14And afterward he built a wall outside the City of David, from the southwest southward in the valleys and at the entrance through the Fish Gate, as men go out by the gate round about, even as far as Ophel. And he raised it much, and set captains of the army in all the fortified cities in Judah. 15And he removed the strange gods, and the graven image out of the house of the Lord, and all the altars which he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord, and in Jerusalem, and outside the city. 16And he repaired the altar of the Lord, and offered upon it a sacrifice of peace offering and thank offering, and he told Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. 17Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, only to the Lord their God. 18And the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to God, and the words of the seers that spoke to him in the name of the God of Israel, 19behold, they are in the account of his prayer. And God hearkened to him. And all his sins, and his backslidings, and the spots on which he built the high places, and set there groves and graven images, before he repented, behold, they are written in the books of the seers. 20And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the garden of his house; and Amon his son reigned in his place. 21Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. 22And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done. And Amon sacrificed to all the idols which his father Manasseh had made, and served them. 23And he was not humbled before the Lord as his father Manasseh was humbled; for his son Amon abounded in transgression. 24And his servants conspired against him, and killed him in his house. 25And the people of the land killed the men who had conspired against King Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place.
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