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Manasseh Reigns in Judah

1Manasseh was 12 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 55 years in Jerusalem, and his mother’s name was Hephzibah.
  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 destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, just as Ahab king of Israel had made, and he worshiped all the army of heaven and served them.
  4He built altars in the house of Yahweh about which Yahweh said, “I will put my name in Jerusalem.”
  5He built altars for all the army of heaven in the two courts of the house of Yahweh.
  6He made his son to pass through the fire, and practiced sorcery and used enchantments, and made contact with spirits and familiar spirits. He did much evil in the eyes of Yahweh, making him angry.
 

7And the carved image of Asherah that he had made, he set inside the house of which Yahweh 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 cause the feet of Israel to wander anymore out of the land that I gave their fathers, if only they will be careful to do according to all that I have commanded them and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.”
  9But they did not listen, and Manasseh led them astray to do evil; more than the nations that Yahweh destroyed before the children of Israel.
 

10Yahweh spoke by his servants the prophets, saying,
  11“Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations and has done more wickedly than all that the Amorites did who were before him, and has made Judah also sin with his idols,
  12therefore this is what Yahweh the God of Israel says: ‘Behold, I am bringing such evil on Jerusalem and Judah that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle.
  13I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring-line of Samaria and the plumb-bob of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it over on its face.
  14I will abandon the remnant of my inheritance and give them into the hand of their enemies so that they become prey and spoil to all their enemies
  15because they have done what is evil in my eyes, and they have been making me angry ever since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, until this very day.’”
 

16Furthermore, Manasseh shed innocent blood—very much—until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, in addition to his sin with which he made Judah sin by doing what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh.
 

The Death of Manasseh

17Now 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?
  18And 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 place.
 

Amon Reigns in Judah

19Amon was 22 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.
  20He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, as Manasseh his father had done.
  21He walked in all the ways that his father had walked in, and served the idols that his father had served, and worshiped them,
  22and he forsook Yahweh the God of his fathers and did not walk in the way of Yahweh.
 

23The servants of Amon conspired against him, and put the king to death in his own house.
  24But 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.
 

25Now the rest of the acts of Amon that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?
  26He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son reigned in his place.
 


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