|2 Chronicles 33 |
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty five years in Jerusalem.
2 But he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, just like the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel [when they came from Egypt].
3 For he again built the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, he raised up altars for Baals, made groves, worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, where the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem my name shall be forever."
5 He built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
6 He sacrificed by burning his own children in the valley of the son of Hinnom. He also observed times, used sorcery, used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit and with wizards. He did great evil in the sight of the LORD and provoked him to anger.
7 He set a carved image, the idol that he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, "In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name forever.
8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses."
9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people but they would not listen.
11 Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
13 And prayed to him; and God was entreated of him, heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
14 Now after this he built a wall outside the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the walled cities of Judah.
15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idols out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed on it peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless the people still sacrificed in the high places, yet to the LORD their God only.
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers that spoke to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
19 His prayer also, and how God was entreated of him, and all his sins, and his trespass, and the places in which he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled; behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.
20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. Amon his son reigned in his place.
21 Amon was two twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem.
22 But he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father had done. Amon sacrificed to all the carved images, which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;
23 He did not humble himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.
24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
25 But the people of the land slew all those who had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.
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