2 Chronicles 33

VIN(i) 1 Manasseh was a son of twelve years when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty five years. 2 And he did evil in the eyes of the LORD according to the detestable things of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the Israelites. 3 For again he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, and raised up altars for the Baals, and made Asherahs and bowed himself to all the host of the heavens, and served them. 4 He built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, "My name shall be in Jerusalem forever." 5 He built altars for all the army of the sky in the two courts of the LORD’s house. 6 He also made his children to pass through the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom; and he practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft, and consulted mediums, and spiritists: he worked much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 7 He set the engraved image of the idol, which he had made, in God's house, of which God said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever. 8 I will not any more remove the foot of Israel from off the land which I have appointed for your fathers, if only they will observe to do all that I have commanded them, even all the law, the statutes, and the ordinances given by Moses.” 9 And Manasseh made Judah and the people of Jerusalem to err, to do worse than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the sons of Israel. 10 the LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people. But they would not pay attention. 11 So the LORD made the army commanders of the king of Assyria invade Judah. They took Manasseh captive, put a hook in his nose, put him in bronze shackles, and brought him to Babylon. 12 But, in his distress, he appeased the face of the LORD his God,—and humbled himself greatly, before the God of his fathers; 13 And prayed unto him: and he received his entreaty, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God. 14 Then afterward he built an outer wall for the city of David west of the Gihon in the valley, and for the entrance into the Gate of the Fishes. And it encircled the Ophel and raised it very high. Then he placed strong commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah. 15 And he removed the foreign gods and the carved image from the house of the LORD and all the altars which he built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside the city. 16 And he reinstated the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed on it peace-offerings and thank-offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD the God of Israel. 17 Even so, the people continued to sacrifice in the high places, but only to the LORD their God. 18 Everything else about Manasseh, including his prayer to his God and the words that the seers spoke to him in the name of the LORD the God of Israel are in the records of the kings of Israel. 19 And his prayer, and how he responded to him, all his sin and his unfaithful acts, and the places where he built the high places and set up Asherahs and idols before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the words of the seers. 20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. And Amon his son reigned in his stead. 21 Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign; and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. 22 And he did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as his father Manasseh did; and Amon sacrificed to all the graven images that his father Manasseh had made, and served them. 23 But he never humbled himself before the LORD as Manasseh, his father, humbled himself; to the contrary Amon multiplied the guilt. 24 His officials conspired against him and killed him in his palace. 25 But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place.