He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, imitating the detestable practices of the pagan nations whom the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father Hezekiah had destroyed. He constructed altars for the images of Baal and set up Asherah poles. He also bowed before all the stars of heaven and worshiped them.
He even built pagan altars in the Temple of the LORD, the place where the LORD had said his name should be honored forever.
He put these altars for the stars of heaven in both courtyards of the LORD's Temple.
Manasseh even sacrificed his own sons in the fire a in the valley of the son of Hinnom. He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the LORD's sight, arousing his anger.
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 here forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem -- the city I have chosen from among all the other tribes of Israel.
If the Israelites will obey my commands -- all the instructions, laws, and regulations given through Moses -- I will not send them into exile from this land that I gave their ancestors."
But Manasseh led the people of Judah and Jerusalem to do even more evil than the pagan nations whom the LORD had destroyed when the Israelites entered the land.
The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings.
So the LORD sent 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 LORD his God and cried out humbly to the God of his ancestors.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)