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 2 Kings 21
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Manasseh Succeeds Hezekiah

1 Manasseh R645 was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Hephzibah. 2 He R646 did evil in the sight of the LORD, according R647 to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel. 3 For he R648 rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he R649 erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, F287 as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped R650 all the host of heaven and served them. 4 He R651 built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In R652 Jerusalem I will put My name." 5 For he built altars for all R653 the host of heaven in the R654 two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 He R655 made his son pass through the fire, practiced R656 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 he R657 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, "In R658 this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever. 8 "And I will R659 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 seduced R660 them to do evil more than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel.

The King's Idolatries Rebuked

10 Now the LORD spoke through His servants the prophets, saying, 11 "Because R661 Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations, having R662 done wickedly more than all the Amorites did who were before him, and has R663 also made Judah sin with R664 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, both R665 his ears will tingle. 13 `I R666 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.' "

16 Moreover, R667 Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with R668 which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD. 17 Now R669 the rest of the acts of Manasseh and all that he did and his sin which he committed, F288 are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 18 And R670 Manasseh slept with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house, in R671 the garden of Uzza, and Amon his son became king in his place.

Amon Succeeds Manasseh

19 Amon R672 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, as R673 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 he R674 forsook the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the LORD. 23 The R675 servants of Amon conspired against him and killed the king in his own house. 24 Then the R676 people of the land killed F289 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 in R677 the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son became king in his place.

F287: I.e. a wooden symbol of a female deity
F288: Lit sinned
F289: Lit smote

R645: 2 Chronicles 33:1-9
R646: Jeremiah 15:4
R647: 2 Kings 16:3
R648: 2 Kings 18:4
R649: 1 Kings 16:31-33
R650: Deuteronomy 17:2-5; 2 Kings 17:16; 23:5
R651: 2 Kings 16:10-16
R652: 2 Samuel 7:13; 1 Kings 8:29
R653: 2 Kings 23:4,5
R654: 1 Kings 7:12; 2 Kings 23:12
R655: Leviticus 18:21; 2 Kings 16:3; 17:17
R656: Leviticus 19:26,31; Deuteronomy 18:10-14
R657: Deuteronomy 16:21; 2 Kings 23:6
R658: 1 Kings 8:29; 9:3; 2 Chronicles 7:12,16
R659: 2 Samuel 7:10; 2 Kings 18:11,12
R660: Proverbs 29:12
R661: 2 Kings 21:2; 24:3,4
R662: Genesis 15:16; 1 Kings 21:26
R663: 2 Kings 21:16
R664: 2 Kings 21:21
R665: 1 Samuel 3:11; Jeremiah 19:3
R666: Isaiah 34:11; Amos 7:7,8
R667: 2 Kings 24:4
R668: 2 Kings 21:11
R669: 2 Chronicles 33:11-19
R670: 2 Chronicles 33:20
R671: 2 Kings 21:26
R672: 2 Chronicles 33:21-23
R673: 2 Kings 21:2-6,11,16
R674: 2 Kings 22:17; 1 Chronicles 28:9
R675: 2 Kings 12:20; 14:19
R676: 2 Kings 14:5
R677: 2 Kings 21:18


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