Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years.
He did what was evil in the LORD ’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the LORD 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 LORD, the place where the LORD 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 LORD ’s Temple.