1Manasseh was 12 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 55 years in Jerusalem.
2He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, following after the abominations of the nations that Yahweh cast out before the children of Israel.
3For he rebuilt the local shrines that Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he erected altars for the Baals and made Asherahs, and he worshiped all the army of heaven and served them.
4He built altars in the house of Yahweh about which Yahweh said, “My name will be in Jerusalem forever.”
5He built altars for all the army of heaven in the two courts of the house of Yahweh.
6He made his sons pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and he practiced sorcery and used enchantments and practiced soothsaying and made contact with spirits and familiar spirits. He did much evil in the eyes of Yahweh, making him angry.
7And the engraved image of the idol that he had made, he set in the house of God, about which God said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever,
8nor will I again remove the foot of Israel off of the land that I have appointed for your fathers, if only they will be careful to do all that I have commanded them, that is, all the law and the statutes and the ordinances given by the hand of Moses.”
9But Manasseh led astray Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem so that they did evil; more than the nations that Yahweh destroyed before the children of Israel.
10Yahweh spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they did not listen.
11Therefore Yahweh brought on them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks, and bound him with bronze chains and took him away to Babylon.
12When he was in distress, he begged Yahweh his God, and greatly humbled himself before the God of his fathers.
13And he prayed to him, and Yahweha responded to him and heard his supplication and brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that Yahweh was God.
14Now after this he built an outer wall for the city of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, to the entrance at the Fish Gate; and he encircled Ophel with it and raised it up to a very great height, and he put commanders of the army in all the fortified cities of Judah.
15He took away the foreign gods and the idol out of the house of Yahweh, and all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the house of Yahweh and in Jerusalem, and threw them out of the city.
16He restored the altar of Yahweh and offered on it sacrifices of peace offerings and thanksgiving, and he told Judah to serve Yahweh the God of Israel.
17Nevertheless, the people still sacrificed at the local shrines, but only to Yahweh their God.
18Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of Yahweh the God of Israel, behold, they are written in the records of the kings of Israel.
19His prayer and its acceptance, and all his sin and his unfaithfulness and the places where he built shrines and set up the Asherah poles and the carved images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the chronicles of the seers.b
20And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house, and Amon his son reigned in his place.
21Amon was 22 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, as Manasseh his father had done. And Amon sacrificed to all the carved images that Manasseh his father had made, and served them.
23He did not humble himself before Yahweh as Manasseh his father had humbled himself, but as for Amon, he increased his wrongdoing more and more.
24His servants conspired against him and put him to death in his own house.
25But the people of the land struck down all those who had conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place.