Manasseh Succeeds Hezekiah in Judah
1 aManasseh° was twelve°° years° old° when he became° king°, and he reigned° fifty-five° years° in Jerusalem°. 2 aHe did° evil° in the sight° of the LORD° according to the abominations° of the nations° whom° the LORD° dispossessed° before°° the sons° of Israel°. 3 For ahe rebuilt°° the high° places° which° Hezekiah° his father° had broken° down°; bhe also erected° altars° for the Baals° and made° IAsherim°, and worshiped° all° the host° of heaven° and served° them. 4 aHe built° altars° in the house° of the LORD° of which° the LORD° had said°, “My name° shall be bin Jerusalem° forever°.” 5 For he built° altars° for all° the host° of heaven° in athe two° courts° of the house° of the LORD°. 6 aHe made his sons° pass° through the fire° in the valley° of Ben-hinnom°°; and he practiced° witchcraft°, used° divination°, practiced° sorcery° and bdealt° with mediums° and spiritists°. He did° much° evil° in the sight° of the LORD°, provoking° Him [to anger]. 7 Then he put° athe 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°, “bIn this° house° and in Jerusalem°, which° I have chosen° from all° the tribes° of Israel°, I will put° My name° forever°; 8 and I will not again° remove° the foot° of Israel° from the land° awhich° 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°.” 9 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°.
 a2K 21:1-9
 a2Ch 28:3; Jr 15:4
 II.e. wooden symbols of a female deity a2Ch 31:1 bDt 16:21; 2K 23:5, 6
 a2Ch 28:24 b2S 7:13; 2Ch 7:16
 a2Ch 4:9
 a2Ch 28:3 bLv 19:31; 20:27
 a2Ch 33:15 b1K 9:3-5; 2Ch 7:16; 33:4
 a2S 7:10
Manasseh’s Idolatry Rebuked
10 ¶ The LORD° spoke° to Manasseh° and his people°, but athey paid° no° attention°. 11 aTherefore the LORD° brought° the commanders° of the army° of the king° of Assyria° against° them, and they captured° Manasseh° with Ihooks°, bbound° him with bronze° [chains] and took° him to Babylon°. 12 When ahe was in distress°, he entreated° the LORD° his God° and bhumbled° himself greatly° before°° the God° of his fathers°. 13 When he prayed° to Him, aHe was moved° by his entreaty° and heard° his supplication°, and brought° him again° to Jerusalem° to his kingdom°. Then Manasseh° bknew° that the LORD° [was] God°.
 aNe 9:29; Jr 25:4
 II.e. thongs put through the nose aDt 28:36 b2Ch 36:6
 aPs 118:5; 120:1; 130:1, 2 b2Ch 32:26
 a1Ch 5:20; Ezr 8:23 bDn 4:32
14 ¶ Now after° this° he built° the outer° wall° of the city° of David° on the west° side° of aGihon°, in the valley°, even to the entrance° of the bFish° Gate°; and he encircled° the cOphel° [with it] and made° it very° high°. Then he put° army° commanders° in all° the fortified° cities° of Judah°. 15 He also aremoved° 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° apeace° offerings° and thank° offerings° on it; and he ordered° Judah° to serve° the LORD° God° of Israel°. 17 Nevertheless° athe people° still° sacrificed° in the high° places°, [although] only° to the LORD° their God°.
18 ¶ Now the rest° of the acts° of Manasseh° even ahis prayer° to his God°, and the words° of bthe seers° who spoke° to him in the name° of the LORD° God° of Israel°, behold°, they are among° the records° of the kings° of cIsrael°. 19 His prayer° also and a[how God] was entreated° by him, and all° his sin°, his unfaithfulness°, and bthe 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 IHozai°. 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 ¶ aAmon° [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° ahad done°, and Amon° sacrificed° to all° bthe carved° images° which° his father° Manasseh° had made°, and he served° them. 23 Moreover, he did not humble° himself before°° the LORD° aas his father° Manasseh° had Idone°, but Amon° multiplied° guilt°. 24 Finally ahis servants° conspired° against° him and put° him to death° in his own house°. 25 But the people° of the land° Ikilled° all° the conspirators° against° King° Amon°, and the people° of the land° made° Josiah° his son° king° in his place°.
 a2K 21:19-24
 a2Ch 33:2-7 b2Ch 34:3, 4
 ILit humbled himself a2Ch 33:12, 19
 a2Ch 25:27
 ILit smote
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Manasseh's wicked reign.
1 ¶ Manassehº [was] twelveºº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª fiftyº and fiveº yearsº in Jerusalem:º 2 But didºª [that which was] evilº in the sightº of the LORD,º like unto the abominationsº of the heathen,º whom² the LORDº had cast outºª beforeº² the childrenº of Israel.º
 2K 21:1; 1Ch 3:13; 2Ch 32:33; 34:1; Ec 10:16; Is 3:4, 12; Mt 1:10.
 Lv 18:24; 20:22; Dt 12:31; 18:9, 14; 2K 17:11, 15; 21:2, 9; 2Ch 28:3; 36:14; Ezr 9:14; Ps 106:35; Ezk 11:12.
He setteth up idolatry, and would not be admonished.
3 ¶ For he builtºª againºª² the high placesº which² Hezekiahº his fatherº had broken down,ºª and he reared upºª altarsº for Baalim,º and madeºª groves,º and worshippedºª all² the hostº of heaven,º and servedºª them. 4 Also he builtºª altarsº in the houseº of the LORD,º whereof² the LORDº had said,ºª In Jerusalemº shall my nameº be² for ever.º 5 And he builtºª altarsº for all² the hostº of heavenº in the twoº courtsº of the houseº of the LORD.º 6 And he² caused¹ª² his childrenº to pass² through¹ª the fireº in the valleyº of the sonº of Hinnom:º also he observed times,ºª and used enchantments,ºª and used witchcraft,ºª and dealt¹ª with² a familiar spirit,º and with wizards:º he wroughtºª muchºª evilº in the sightº of the LORD,º to provoke him to anger.ºª 7 And he setºª² a carved image,º the idolº which² he had made,ºª in the houseº of God,º of which² Godº had saidºª to² Davidº and to² Solomonº his son,º In this² house,º and in Jerusalem,º which² I have chosenºª before all²² the tribesº of Israel,º will I putºª² my nameº for ever:º 8 Neither² will I any moreºª removeºª² the footº of Israelº from out¹ of²² the landº which² I have appointedºª for your fathers;º so thatº² they will take heedºª to doºª² all² that² I have commandedºª them, according to the whole² lawº and the statutesº and the ordinancesº by the handº of Moses.º 9 So Manassehº made¹ª² Judahº and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalemº to err,ºª [and] to doºª worseº than² the heathen,º whom² the LORDº had destroyedºª beforeº² the childrenº of Israel.º 10 And the LORDº spakeºª to² Manasseh,º and to² his people:º but they would not² hearken.ºª
 Dt 4:19; 16:21; 17:3; Jg 2:11; 1K 14:23; 2K 18:4; 21:3; 23:5, 11; 2Ch 28:2; 30:14; 31:1; 32:12; Ec 2:19; 9:18; Jr 8:2; 17:2; 19:13; Zp 1:5; Ac 7:42.
 Dt 12:11; 1K 8:29; 9:3; 2K 21:4; 2Ch 6:6; 7:16; 32:19; 33:15; 34:3; Jr 7:30.
 2Ch 4:9; Jr 32:34; Ezk 8:7.
 Lv 18:21; 19:26; 20:2, 6; Dt 12:31; 18:10; 1S 15:23; 2K 17:17; 21:6; 23:10, 24; 1Ch 10:13; 2Ch 28:3; Is 8:19; 19:3; 47:9; Jr 7:31; Ezk 23:37, 39; Ga 5:20.
 1K 8:29, 44, 48; 11:13, 32; 2K 21:7; 23:6; 2Ch 6:6; 33:4; Ps 78:68; 132:13.
 Lv 8:36; 10:11; Dt 4:40; 5:1, 31; 6:1; 8:1; 27:26; 28:1; 30:15; 2S 7:10; 1Ch 17:9; 2Ch 7:17; Is 1:19; Ezk 33:25; Lk 1:6; Ga 3:10.
 Lv 18:24; Dt 2:21; Jsh 24:8; 1K 14:16; 15:26; 2K 17:8; 21:9, 16; 23:26; 24:3; 2Ch 33:2; Pv 29:12; Ezk 16:45; Mi 6:16.
 2Ch 36:15; Ne 9:29; Jr 25:4; 44:4; Zc 1:4; Ac 7:51.
He is carried into Babylon.
11 ¶ Wherefore the LORDº broughtºª upon²² them the captains² of¹ the host ofº the kingº of Assyria,º which² tookºª² Manassehº among the thorns,º and bound² him¹ª with fetters,º and carried¹ª² him to Babylon.º
 Dt 28:36; 1S 13:6; 2K 23:33; 25:6; Ne 9:32, 37; Jb 36:8; Ps 107:10; Is 5:26; 7:18; 10:8; 36:9; Lm 3:7; Ezk 19:4, 9.
Upon his prayer to God he is released, and putteth down idolatry.
12 And when he was in affliction,ºª he besoughtºª² the LORDº² his God,º and humbled¹ª himself² greatlyº beforeº² the Godº of his fathers,º 13 And prayedºª unto² him: and he was intreatedºª of him, and heardºª his supplication,º and brought him againºª to Jerusalemº into his kingdom.º Then Manassehº knewºª that² the LORDº he² [was] God.º 14 Now after² this¹² he builtºª a wallº withoutº the cityº of David,º on the west sideº of Gihon,º in the valley,º even to the entering inºª at the fishº gate,º and compassed¹ª about² Ophel,º and raised it up¹ª a very great height,º² and putºª captainsº of warº in all² the fencedºª citiesº of Judah.º 15 And he took awayºª² the strangeº gods,º and the idolº out of the houseº² of the LORD,º and all² the altarsº that² he had builtºª in the mountº of the houseº of the LORD,º and in Jerusalem,º and castºª [them] out¹ of² the city.º 16 And he repairedºª² the altarº of the LORD,º and sacrificedºª thereon² peaceº offeringsº and thank offerings,º and commandedºª Judahº to serveºª² the LORDº Godº of Israel.º 17 Neverthelessº the peopleº did sacrificeºª still² in the high places,º [yet] unto the LORDº their Godº only.²
 Ex 10:3; Lv 26:39; Dt 4:30; 2Ch 28:5, 22; 32:26; 33:18, 19, 23; Ps 50:15; Jr 31:18; Ho 5:15; Mi 6:9; Lk 15:16; 18:14; Ac 9:11; Jm 4:10; 1P 5:5.
 Dt 29:6; 1Ch 5:20; Ezr 7:27; 8:23; Jb 22:23, 27; 33:16; Ps 9:16; 32:3; 46:10; 86:5; Pv 16:7; 21:1; Is 55:6; Jr 24:7; 29:12; Dn 4:25, 34; Mt 6:33; 7:7; Lk 23:42; Jn 4:10; 17:3; He 8:11.
 1K 1:33, 45; 2Ch 11:11; 17:19; 27:3; 32:5, 30; Ne 3:3, 26; 12:39; Zp 1:10.
 2K 21:7; 2Ch 33:3; Is 2:17; Ezk 18:20; Ho 14:1; Mt 3:8.
 Gn 18:19; Lv 3:1; 7:12; 1K 18:30; 2Ch 14:4; 29:18; 30:12; 33:9; Lk 22:32.
 1K 22:43; 2K 15:4; 2Ch 15:17; 32:12.
18 ¶ Now the restº of the acts¹ of² Manasseh,º and his prayerº unto² his God,º and the wordsº of the seersº that spakeºª to² him in the nameº of the LORDº Godº of Israel,º behold,² they [are written] in² the bookº of the kingsº of Israel.º 19 His prayerº also, and [how God] was intreatedºª of him, and all² his sin,º and his trespass,º and the placesº wherein² he builtºª high places,º and set upºª grovesº and graven images,º beforeº he was humbled:ºª behold,² they [are] writtenºª among² the sayingsº of the seers.º¹ª
 1S 9:9; 1K 11:41; 14:19; 15:31; 2K 17:13; 2Ch 20:34; 32:32; 33:10, 12, 19; Is 29:10; 30:10; Am 7:12; Mi 3:7.
 2Ch 30:11; 33:1, 11, 12, 19; 36:12; Ps 119:67, 71, 75; Pv 15:8; Jr 44:10; Dn 5:22; Ac 9:11; Ro 5:16; 1Jn 1:9.
He dying, Amon succeedeth him.
Amon reigning wickedly is slain by his servants.
21 ¶ Amonº [was] twoº and twentyº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and reignedºª twoº yearsº in Jerusalem.º 22 But he didºª [that which was] evilº in the sightº of the LORD,º as² didºª Manassehº his father:º for Amonº sacrificedºª unto all² the carved imagesº which² Manassehº his fatherº had made,ºª and servedºª them; 23 And humbled¹ª not himself²² beforeº² the LORD,º as Manassehº his fatherº had humbled¹ª himself;² but² Amonº trespassedº more and more.ºª 24 And his servantsº conspiredºª against² him, and slewºª him in his own house.º
 2Ch 33:1; Lk 12:19; Jm 4:13.
 Dt 7:5; 2K 21:1, 20; 2Ch 33:1; Is 44:13; Ezk 20:18.
 2Ch 28:22; 33:1, 12, 19; Jr 7:26; 8:12; 2Ti 3:13.
 2S 4:5; 2K 21:23; 2Ch 24:25; 25:27; Ps 55:23; Ro 11:22.
The murderers being slain, Josiah succeedeth him.
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