When he experienced this distress, he begged the LORD his God to be kind and humbled himself in front of the God of his ancestors.
He prayed to the LORD, and the LORD accepted his prayer and listened to his request. The LORD brought him back to his kingdom in Jerusalem. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.
After this, Manasseh rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David from west of Gihon Spring in the valley to the entrance of Fish Gate. He made the wall go around the Ophel, and he built it very high. He put army commanders in every fortified city in Judah.
Manasseh got rid of the foreign gods and the idol in the LORD's temple. He got rid of the altars he had built in the temple on the LORD's mountain and in Jerusalem.
He built the LORD's altar and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it. And he told Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
The people continued to sacrifice at the illegal places of worship, but they sacrificed only to the LORD their God.
Everything else about Manasseh--including his prayer to his God and the words that the seers spoke to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel--are in the records of the kings of Israel.
His prayer and how God accepted it are written in the records of Hozai. The things he did before he humbled himself are also written there. This includes all his sins and unfaithfulness and the places where he built illegal worship sites and set up idols and poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah.
Manasseh lay down in death with his ancestors. They buried him in his own palace. His son Amon succeeded him as king.
Amon was 22 years old when he began to rule, and he ruled for 2 years in Jerusalem.
He did what the LORD considered evil, as his father Manasseh had done. Amon sacrificed to all the idols his father Manasseh had made, and he worshiped them.