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1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother was Hephzibah. 1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother's name was Hephzibah.
2 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. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.
3 He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He constructed altars for Baal and set up an Asherah pole, just as King Ahab of Israel had done. He also bowed before all the forces of heaven and worshiped them. 3 He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them.
4 He even built pagan altars in the Temple of the LORD, the place where the LORD had said his name should be honored. 4 He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem I will put my Name."
5 He built these altars for all the forces of heaven in both courtyards of the LORD's Temple. 5 In both courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts.
6 Manasseh even sacrificed his own son in the fire. He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the LORD's sight, arousing his anger. 6 He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
7 Manasseh even took an Asherah pole he had made and set it up in the Temple, the very place where the LORD 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. 7 He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon, "In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever.
8 If the Israelites will obey my commands -- the whole law that was given through my servant Moses -- I will not send them into exile from this land that I gave their ancestors." 8 I will not again make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I gave their forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them and will keep the whole Law that my servant Moses gave them."
9 But the people refused to listen, and Manasseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations whom the LORD had destroyed when the Israelites entered the land. 9 But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.
10 Then the LORD said through his servants the prophets: 10 The LORD said through his servants the prophets:
11 "King Manasseh of Judah has done many detestable things. He is even more wicked than the Amorites, who lived in this land before Israel. He has led the people of Judah into idolatry. 11 "Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols.
12 So this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of those who hear about it will tingle with horror. 12 Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.
13 I will judge Jerusalem by the same standard I used for Samaria and by the same measure I used for the family of Ahab. I will wipe away the people of Jerusalem as one wipes a dish and turns it upside down. 13 I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.
14 Then I will reject even those few of my people who are left, and I will hand them over as plunder for their enemies. 14 I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance and hand them over to their enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their foes,
15 For they have done great evil in my sight and have angered me ever since their ancestors came out of Egypt." 15 because they have done evil in my eyes and have provoked me to anger from the day their forefathers came out of Egypt until this day."
16 Manasseh also murdered many innocent people until Jerusalem was filled from one end to the other with innocent blood. This was in addition to the sin that he caused the people of Judah to commit, leading them to do evil in the LORD's sight. 16 Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end--besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the LORD.
17 The rest of the events in Manasseh's reign and all his deeds, including the sins he committed, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. 17 As for the other events of Manasseh's reign, and all he did, including the sin he committed, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
18 When Manasseh died, he was buried in the palace garden, the garden of Uzza. Then his son Amon became the next king. 18 Manasseh rested with his fathers and was buried in his palace garden, the garden of Uzza. And Amon his son succeeded him as king.
19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz from Jotbah. 19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother's name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah.
20 He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, just as his father, Manasseh, had done. 20 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as his father Manasseh had done.
21 He followed the example of his father, worshiping the same idols that his father had worshiped. 21 He walked in all the ways of his father; he worshiped the idols his father had worshiped, and bowed down to them.
22 He abandoned the LORD, the God of his ancestors, and he refused to follow the LORD's ways. 22 He forsook the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the LORD.
23 Then Amon's own servants plotted against him and assassinated him in his palace. 23 Amon's officials conspired against him and assassinated the king in his palace.
24 But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah the next king. 24 Then the people of the land killed all who had plotted against King Amon, and they made Josiah his son king in his place.
25 The rest of the events in Amon's reign and all his deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah. 25 As for the other events of Amon's reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
26 He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. Then his son Josiah became the next king. 26 He was buried in his grave in the garden of Uzza. And Josiah his son succeeded him as king.