2 Chronicles 33

Manasseh Succeeds Hezekiah in Judah

a Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. b He did evil in the sight of the  Lord according to the abominations of the nations whom the  Lord dispossessed before the sons of Israel. For c he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; d he also erected altars for the Baals and made
I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
Asherim, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.
f He built altars in the house of the  Lord of which the  Lord had said, “My name shall be g in Jerusalem forever.” For he built altars for all the host of heaven in h the two courts of the house of the  Lord. i He made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and j dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the  Lord, provoking Him to anger. Then he put k the carved image of the idol which he had made in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son l In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land m which I have appointed for your fathers, if only they will observe to do all that I have commanded them according to all the law, the statutes and the ordinances given through Moses.” Thus Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the  Lord destroyed before the sons of Israel.

Manasseh’s Idolatry Rebuked

10 The  Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but n they paid no attention. 11  o Therefore the  Lord brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with
I.e. thongs put through the nose
hooks q bound him with bronze chains and took him to Babylon.
12 When r he was in distress, he entreated the  Lord his God and s humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 When he prayed to Him, t He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh u knew that the  Lord was God.

14 Now after this he built the outer wall of the city of David on the west side of v Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance of the w Fish Gate; and he encircled the x Ophel with it and made it very high. Then he put army commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah. 15 He also y removed the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the  Lord, as well as all the altars which he had built on the mountain of the house of the  Lord and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city. 16 He set up the altar of the  Lord and sacrificed z peace offerings and thank offerings on it; and he ordered Judah to serve the  Lord God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless aa the people still sacrificed in the high places, although only to the  Lord their God.

18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh even ab his prayer to his God, and the words of ac the seers who spoke to him in the name of the  Lord God of Israel, behold, they are among the records of the kings of ad Israel. 19 His prayer also and ae  how God was entreated by him, and all his sin, his unfaithfulness, and af the sites on which he built high places and erected the Asherim and the carved images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the records of the
Gr reads seers
20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. And Amon his son became king in his place.

Amon Becomes King in Judah

21  ah Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. 22 He did evil in the sight of the  Lord as Manasseh his father ai had done, and Amon sacrificed to all aj the carved images which his father Manasseh had made, and he served them. 23 Moreover, he did not humble himself before the  Lord ak as his father Manasseh had
Lit humbled himself
done, but Amon multiplied guilt.
24 Finally am his servants conspired against him and put him to death in his own house. 25 But the people of the land
Lit smote
killed all the conspirators against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place.
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