Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh
Good and bad, what were done by him both before and after his conversion:
and his prayer unto his God;
which it seems was taken and recorded, but now lost; for as for that which is among the apocryphal writings, there is no reason to believe it to be his, though it is thought to be so by many F15:
and the words of the seers;
or the prophets, as the Targum; and the prophets in his days, according to the Jewish chronology F16, were Joel, Nahum, and Habakkuk:
that spake to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel;
words of admonition and reproof before his humiliation, and words of comfort, advice, and instruction, after it; the Targum is,
``that spake to him in the name of the Word of the Lord God of Israel:''behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel;
not in the canonical book so called, where none of the above things, namely, his prayer, and the speeches of the prophets, are to be found, at least not all; but in the annals of the kings of Israel, now lost.
F15 Vid. Fabritii Bibliothec. Graec. l. 3. c. 31. p. 738, 739.
F16 Seder Olam Rabba, c. 20.