2 Chronicles 33 (New American Standard)

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Manasseh Succeeds Hezekiah in Judah

1 1Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 2He did evil in the sight of the LORD according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel. 3 For 3he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; 4he also erected altars for the Baals and made aAsherim, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 5He built altars in the house of the LORD of which the LORD had said, "My name shall be 6in Jerusalem forever." 5 For he built altars for all the host of heaven in 7the two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 8He made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom ; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and 9dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger. 7 Then he put 10the carved image of the idol which he had made in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, "11In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; 8 and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land 12which I have appointed for your fathers, if only they will observe to do all that I have commanded them according to all the law, the statutes and the ordinances given through Moses." 9 Thus Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the sons of Israel.

Manasseh's Idolatry Rebuked

10 The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but 13they paid no attention. 11 14Therefore the LORD brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with bhooks, 15bound him with bronze chains and took him to Babylon. 12 When 16he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and 17humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 When he prayed to Him, 18He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh 19knew that the LORD was God. 14 Now after this he built the outer wall of the city of David on the west side of 20Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance of the 21Fish Gate; and he encircled the 22Ophel with it and made it very high. Then he put army commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah. 15 He also 23removed the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, as well as all the altars which he had built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city. 16 He set up the altar of the LORD and sacrificed 24peace offerings and thank offerings on it; and he ordered Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless 25the people still sacrificed in the high places, although only to the LORD their God. 18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh even 26his prayer to his God, and the words of 27the seers who spoke to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are among the records of the kings of 28Israel. 19 His prayer also and 29how God was entreated by him, and all his sin, his unfaithfulness, and 30the sites on which he built high places and erected the Asherim and the carved images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the records of the cHozai. 20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. And Amon his son became king in his place.

Amon Becomes King in Judah

21 31Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. 22 He did evil in the sight of the LORD as Manasseh his father 32had done, and Amon sacrificed to all 33the carved images which his father Manasseh had made, and he served them. 23 Moreover, he did not humble himself before the LORD 34as his father Manasseh had ddone, but Amon multiplied guilt. 24 Finally 35his servants conspired against him and put him to death in his own house. 25 But the people of the land ekilled all the conspirators against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place.
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