He sacrificed his sons1 ina the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums2 and spiritists.3 He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
He took the carved image he had made and put it in God's temple,4 of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, "In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.
I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land5 I assigned to your forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and ordinances given through Moses."
But Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.610
The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.
So the LORD brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner,7 put a hook8 in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles9 and took him to Babylon.
In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled10 himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.
Afterward he rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, west of the Gihon11 spring in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate12 and encircling the hill of Ophel;13 he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah.
He got rid of the foreign gods and removed14 the image from the temple of the LORD, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city.
Then he restored the altar of the LORD and sacrificed fellowship offeringsb and thank offerings15 on it, and told Judah to serve the LORD, the God of Israel.