So the LORD brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner,1 put a hook2 in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles3 and took him to Babylon.
In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled4 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 Gihon5 spring in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate6 and encircling the hill of Ophel;7 he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah.