He sacrificed his own son1 ina the fire, practiced sorcery and divination,2 and consulted mediums and spiritists.3 He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking4 him to anger.
He took the carved Asherah pole5 he had made and put it in the temple,6 of which the LORD 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 Name7 forever.
I will not again8 make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I gave their forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them and will keep the whole Law that my servant Moses9 gave them."
But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil10 than the nations11 the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.
The LORD said through his servants the prophets:
"Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil12 than the Amorites13 who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols.1412
Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster15 on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.1613
I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line17 used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe18 out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.
I will forsake19 the remnant20 of my inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their foes,
because they have done evil21 in my eyes and have provoked22 me to anger from the day their forefathers came out of Egypt until this day."
Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood23 that he filled Jerusalem from end to end--besides the sin that he had caused Judah24 to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the LORD.