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Manasseh Succeeds Hezekiah

1 aManasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 aHe did evil in the sight of the LORD, baccording 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 destroyed; and bhe erected altars for Baal and made an IAsherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and cworshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 aHe built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “bIn Jerusalem I will put My name.” 5 For he built altars for aall the host of heaven in bthe two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 aHe made his son pass through the fire, bpracticed witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD provoking [Him to anger]. 7 Then ahe set the carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the LORD said to David and to his son Solomon, “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 awill not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers, if only they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them.” 9 But they did not listen, and Manasseh aseduced them to do evil more than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel.

[1] a2Ch 33:1-9
[2] aJr 15:4 b2K 16:3
[3] II.e. a wooden symbol of a female deity a2K 18:4 b1K 16:31-33 cDt 17:2-5; 2K 17:16; 23:5
[4] a2K 16:10-16 b2S 7:13; 1K 8:29
[5] a2K 23:4, 5 b1K 7:12; 2K 23:12
[6] aLv 18:21; 2K 16:3; 17:17 bLv 19:26, 31; Dt 18:10-14
[7] aDt 16:21; 2K 23:6 b1K 8:29; 9:3; 2Ch 7:12, 16
[8] a2S 7:10; 2K 18:11, 12
[9] aPv 29:12

The King’s Idolatries Rebuked

10 ¶ Now the LORD spoke through His servants the prophets, saying, 11aBecause Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations, bhaving done wickedly more than all the Amorites did who [were] before him, and chas also made Judah sin dwith his idols; 12 therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am bringing [such] calamity on Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, aboth his ears will tingle. 13 aI will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 I will abandon the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies, and they will become as plunder and spoil to all their enemies; 15 because they have done evil in My sight, and have been provoking Me to anger since the day their fathers came from Egypt, even to this day.’”

[11] a2K 21:2; 24:3, 4 bGn 15:16; 1K 21:26 c2K 21:16 d2K 21:21
[12] a1S 3:11; Jr 19:3
[13] aIs 34:11; Am 7:7, 8

16aMoreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin bwith which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD. 17 aNow the rest of the acts of Manasseh and all that he did and his sin which he Icommitted, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 18 aAnd Manasseh slept with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house, bin the garden of Uzza, and Amon his son became king in his place.

[16] a2K 24:4 b2K 21:11
[17] ILit sinned a2Ch 33:11-19
[18] a2Ch 33:20 b2K 21:26

Amon Succeeds Manasseh

19aAmon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name [was] Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 He did evil in the sight of the LORD, aas Manasseh his father had done. 21 For he walked in all the way that his father had walked, and served the idols that his father had served and worshiped them. 22 So ahe forsook the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the LORD. 23 aThe servants of Amon conspired against him and killed the king in his own house. 24 Then athe people of the land Ikilled all those who had conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place. 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 26 He was buried in his grave ain the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son became king in his place.

[19] a2Ch 33:21-23
[20] a2K 21:2-6, 11, 16
[22] a2K 22:17; 1Ch 28:9
[23] a2K 12:20; 14:19
[24] ILit smote a2K 14:5
[26] a2K 21:18


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Manasseh's reign.

1 ¶ Manasseh [was] twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Hephzibah. 2 And he did [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

[1] 2K 20:21; 1Ch 3:13; 2Ch 32:33; 33:1; Pv 5:19; Is 62:4; Mt 1:10.
[2] Lv 18:25; Dt 12:31; 2K 16:2; 21:7, 16; 22:17; 2Ch 33:2; 36:14; Ezk 16:51.

His great idolatry.

3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke [him] to anger. 7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: 8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. 9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.

[3] Dt 4:19; 17:3; 1K 16:31; 18:21, 26; 2K 8:18, 27; 10:18; 17:16; 18:4, 22; 23:4; 2Ch 32:12; 33:3; 34:3; Jb 31:26; Mi 6:16.
[4] Ex 20:24; Dt 12:5; 2S 7:13; 1K 8:29; 9:3; 2K 16:10; Ps 78:68; 132:13; Jr 32:34.
[5] 1K 6:36; 7:12; 2K 23:4, 6; 2Ch 33:5, 15; Ezk 40:28, 32, 37, 47; 42:3; 43:5; 44:19.
[6] Gn 13:13; Lv 18:21; 19:26, 31; 20:2; Dt 18:10; 2K 16:3; 17:17; 24:3; 1Ch 10:13; 2Ch 28:3; 33:6; Is 8:19; 19:3; Mi 6:7; Ac 16:16.
[7] 2S 7:13; 1K 8:29, 44; 9:3, 7; 2K 21:4; 23:6, 27; 2Ch 7:12, 16, 20; 33:7, 15; Ne 1:9; Ps 74:2; 78:68; 132:13; Jr 32:34.
[8] Lv 26:3; Dt 5:28; 28:1; Jsh 23:11; 2S 7:10; 2K 18:11; 1Ch 17:9; 2Ch 33:8; Ps 37:3; 81:11; Is 1:19; Jr 7:3, 23; 17:20; Ezk 22:2; 33:25.
[9] 1K 14:16; 2Ch 33:9; 36:16; Ezr 9:10; Ne 9:26, 29; Ps 12:8; 81:10; Pv 29:12; Ezk 16:47, 51; Dn 9:6, 10; Ho 5:11; Lk 13:34; Jn 15:22; Jm 4:17; Rv 2:20.

His wickedness causeth prophecies against Judah.

10 ¶ And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying, 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, [and] hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which [were] before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols: 12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I [am] bringing [such] evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. 13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as [a man] wipeth a dish, wiping [it], and turning [it] upside down. 14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; 15 Because they have done [that which was] evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day. 16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD.

[10] 2Ch 33:10; 36:15; Ne 9:26, 30; Mt 23:34.
[11] 1K 14:16; 15:30; 16:19; 21:26; 2K 21:9; 23:26; 24:3; Jr 15:4; Ezk 16:3, 45.
[12] 1S 3:11; 2K 22:16; Is 28:16; Jr 19:3; Dn 9:12; Am 3:2; Mi 3:12; Mt 24:21; Lk 23:28; Rv 6:15.
[13] 1K 14:10; 21:21; 2K 10:11; 17:6; Is 10:22; 14:23; 28:17; 34:11; Jr 25:9; Lm 2:8; Ezk 23:31; 24:10; Am 7:7; Zc 1:16; Rv 18:21.
[14] Lv 26:17, 36; Dt 4:26; 28:25, 31, 48; 31:17; Jg 2:14; 2K 19:4, 30; 24:2; 2Ch 15:2; 36:16; Ne 9:27; Ps 37:28; 71:1; 89:38; 106:40; Is 10:6; Jr 12:7; 23:33; Lm 1:5, 10; 5:20; Am 5:2.
[15] Dt 9:21; 31:27, 29; Jg 2:11; Ps 106:34; Ezk 16:15; 20:4, 13, 21, 30; 23:3, 8; Dn 9:5.
[16] Ex 32:21; Nu 35:33; Dt 21:8; 1K 14:15; 2K 21:7, 11; 24:3; 2Ch 33:9; Jr 2:34; 7:6; 15:4; 19:4; Mt 23:30; 27:6; Lk 13:34; He 11:37.

Amon succeedeth him.

17 ¶ Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

[17] 2K 20:20; 2Ch 33:1.
[18] 2Ch 21:20; 24:16, 25; 28:27; 32:33; 33:20; Jr 22:19.

Amon's wicked reign.

19 ¶ Amon [was] twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 And he did [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh did. 21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them: 22 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the LORD.

[19] 1K 15:25; 16:8; 22:51; 2K 15:23; 1Ch 3:14; 2Ch 33:21; Mt 1:10.
[20] Nu 32:14; 2K 21:2; 2Ch 33:22; Mt 23:32; Ac 7:51.
[22] Dt 32:15; 1K 11:33; 2K 22:17; 1Ch 28:9; Jr 2:13; Jna 2:8.

He being slain by his servants, and those murderers being slain by the people, Josiah is made king.

23 ¶ And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house. 24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead. 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.

[23] 1K 15:27; 16:9; 2K 12:20; 14:19; 15:25, 30; 2Ch 33:24.
[24] 1S 11:15; 2S 5:3; 1K 12:1, 20; 2K 11:17; 14:5, 21; 2Ch 22:1; 26:1; 33:25.
[25] 2K 20:20; 21:17.
[26] 1K 13:5; 2K 21:18; Mt 1:10.


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