2 Kings 21
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hephzibah.
2 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, according to the abominations of the nations
whom Jehovah had cast out before the children of Israel.
3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up
altars for Baal, and made a grove, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he bowed down to
all the host of the heavens and served them.
4 He also built altars in the house of Jehovah, of which Jehovah had said, In Jerusalem I
will put My name.
5 And he built altars for all the host of the heavens in the two courts of the house of
6 He also made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and fortunetelling, and
consulted necromancers and mediums. He did much evil in the eyes of Jehovah, to
provoke Him to anger.
7 And he set a graven image in the grove that he had made, in the house of which Jehovah
had 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 and I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I have given
to their fathers; only if they take heed to do according to all that I have commanded them,
and according to all the Law that My servant Moses has commanded them.
9 But they have paid no attention, and Manasseh caused them to err, to do more evil than
the nations whom Jehovah had destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And Jehovah spoke by His servants the prophets, saying,
11 Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations (he has acted more
wickedly than all the Amorites who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his
12 therefore thus says Jehovah the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such evil upon
Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears shall tingle.
13 And I shall stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of
the house of Ahab; I shall wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it face
14 Thus I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of
their enemies; and they shall become spoils and plunder to all their enemies,
15 because they have done evil in My eyes, and have provoked Me to anger since the day
their fathers had come out of Egypt, even to this day.
16 Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from
one end to the other, besides his sin by which he made Judah sin, to do evil in the eyes of
17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh; all that he did, and the sin that he sinned; are
they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah.
18 So Manasseh rested with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in
the garden of Uzza. And his son Amon reigned in his place.
19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in
Jerusalem. His mother's name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.
20 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, as his father Manasseh had done.
21 Thus he walked in all the ways that his father had walked; and he served the idols that
his father had served, and bowed down to them.
22 He forsook Jehovah the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of Jehovah.
23 Then the servants of Amon conspired against him, and killed the king in his own
24 But the people of the land struck all those conspiring against King Amon. And the
people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.
25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the
Chronicles of the kings of Judah.
26 And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. And Josiah his son reigned in his