THE SECOND BOOK OF THE
2 Chronicles 33 ©
Manasseh is an abominable idolater, v. 1, etc. Wherefore the Lord threatens, and punishes him, so that he is carried away captive to Babel, 10. There he repents, so that he is restored to his kingdom again, 12. What he did after that, 14. He dies, 20. His son Amon is a wicked king after him, 21. Is murdered by his servants, 24. Josiah, his son, succeeds in his stead, 25.
MANASSEH1was 2twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto 3the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
¶For 4he built again the high places whicha Hezekiah his father had 5broken down, and he 6reared up 7altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the 8host of heaven, and served them.
Alsob he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, Inc Jerusalem shall 9my name be 10for ever.
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the 11two courts of the house of the LORD.
And he caused 12his children to pass throughd the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: 13he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
And 14he set a 15carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said 16to 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 for ever:
Neither will I any more 17remove 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 18law and the statutes and the ordinances 19by the hand of Moses.
So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do 20worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
And the LORD 21spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
¶Wherefore the LORD broughte upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh 22among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
And when 23he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, 24and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
And prayed unto 25him: and 26he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh 27knew that the LORD he was God.
Now after this he 28built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of 29Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the 30fish gate, and compassed about 31Ophel, and raised 32it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.
And he took away the 33strange gods, and 34the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the 35mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
And 36he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, 37yet unto the LORD their God only.
¶Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the 38seers that spake to him 39in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the 40book of the kings of Israel.
41His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings 42of the seers.
¶So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him 43in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
¶Amonfwas 44two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem.
But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them;
And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon 45trespassed more and more.
And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.
¶But the people of the land 46slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.