Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years.
He did what was evil in the ’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had broken down. He constructed altars for the images of Baal and set up Asherah poles. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them.
He built pagan altars in the Temple of the , the place where the had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.”
He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the ’s Temple.
Manasseh also sacrificed his own sons in the fire in the valley of Ben-Hinnom. He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the ’s sight, arousing his anger.
References for 2 Chronicles 33:6
Manasseh even took a carved idol he had made and set it up in God’s Temple, the very place where God had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel.
If the Israelites will be careful to obey my commands—all the laws, decrees, and regulations given through Moses—I will not send them into exile from this land that I set aside for your ancestors.”
But Manasseh led the people of Judah and Jerusalem to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land.
The spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings.
So the sent the commanders of the Assyrian armies, and they took Manasseh prisoner. They put a ring through his nose, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon.
But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors.
And when he prayed, the listened to him and was moved by his request. So the brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh finally realized that the alone is God!
After this Manasseh rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, from west of the Gihon Spring in the Kidron Valley to the Fish Gate, and continuing around the hill of Ophel. He built the wall very high. And he stationed his military officers in all of the fortified towns of Judah.
Manasseh also removed the foreign gods and the idol from the ’s Temple. He tore down all the altars he had built on the hill where the Temple stood and all the altars that were in Jerusalem, and he dumped them outside the city.
Then he restored the altar of the and sacrificed peace offerings and thanksgiving offerings on it. He also encouraged the people of Judah to worship the , the God of Israel.
However, the people still sacrificed at the pagan shrines, though only to the their God.
The rest of the events of Manasseh’s reign, his prayer to God, and the words the seers spoke to him in the name of the , the God of Israel, are recorded in
Manasseh’s prayer, the account of the way God answered him, and an account of all his sins and unfaithfulness are recorded in It includes a list of the locations where he built pagan shrines and set up Asherah poles and idols before he humbled himself and repented.
References for 2 Chronicles 33:19
When Manasseh died, he was buried in his palace. Then his son Amon became the next king.
Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years.
He did what was evil in the ’s sight, just as his father, Manasseh, had done. He worshiped and sacrificed to all the idols his father had made.
But unlike his father, he did not humble himself before the . Instead, Amon sinned even more.
Then Amon’s own officials conspired against him and assassinated him in his palace.
But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah the next king.