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Manasseh Reigns in Judah(A)

21 Manasseh (B)was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, (C)according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the [a]high places (D)which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a [b]wooden image, (E)as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he (F)worshiped all [c]the host of heaven and served them. (G)He also built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, (H)“In Jerusalem I will put My name.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the (I)two courts of the house of the Lord. (J)Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced (K)soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. He even set a carved image of [d]Asherah that he had made, in the [e]house of which the Lord had said to David and to Solomon his son, (L)“In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; (M)and I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers—only if they are careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them.” But they paid no attention, and Manasseh (N)seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 21:3 Places for pagan worship
  2. 2 Kings 21:3 Heb. Asherah, a Canaanite goddess
  3. 2 Kings 21:3 The gods of the Assyrians
  4. 2 Kings 21:7 A Canaanite goddess
  5. 2 Kings 21:7 Temple

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