2 Kings 21

1Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to rule. He ruled 55 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2Manasseh did the things that the Lord said were wrong. Manasseh did the terrible things the other nations did. (And the Lord forced those nations to leave their country when the Israelites came.) 3Manasseh built again the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed. Manasseh also built altars for Baal and made an Asherah pole, just like Ahab king of Israel. Manasseh worshiped and served the stars of heaven. 4Manasseh built altars ˻to honor false gods˼ in the Lord’s temple. (This is the place the Lord was talking about when he said, “I will put my name in Jerusalem.”) 5Manasseh built altars for the stars of heaven in the two courtyards of the Lord’s temple. 6Manasseh sacrificed his own son and burned him on the altar. Manasseh used different ways of trying to know the future. He visited mediums and wizards. Manasseh did more and more things that the Lord said were wrong. This caused the Lord to be angry. 7Manasseh made a carved statue of Asherah. He put this statue in the temple. The Lord had said to David and to David’s son Solomon about this temple: “I have chosen Jerusalem from all the cities in Israel. I will put my name in the temple in Jerusalem forever. 8I will not cause the people of Israel to leave the land that I gave to their ancestors. I will let the people stay in their land if they obey all the things I commanded them and all the teachings that my servant Moses gave them.” 9But the people did not listen to God. Manasseh did more evil things than all the nations ˻that lived in Canaan before Israel came˼. And the Lord destroyed those nations when the people of Israel ˻came to take their land˼. 10The Lord used his servants the prophets to say these things: 11“Manasseh king of Judah has done these hated things and has done more evil than the Amorites before him. Manasseh also has caused Judah to sin because of his idols. 12So the Lord of Israel says, 'Look! I will bring so much trouble against Jerusalem and Judah that any person who hears about it will be shocked. 13I will stretch the measuring line of Samaria and the plumb bob of Ahab’s family over Jerusalem. A man wipes a dish, and then he turns it upside down. I will do that to Jerusalem. 14There will still be a few of my people left. But I will leave those people. I will give them to their enemies. Their enemies will take them prisoners—they will be like the valuable things soldiers take in war. 15Why? Because my people did the things that I said were wrong. They have made me angry with them since the day their ancestors came up out of Egypt. 16And Manasseh killed many innocent people. He filled Jerusalem from one end to another with blood. And all those sins are in addition to the sins that caused Judah to sin. Manasseh caused Judah to do the things that the Lord said were wrong.’” 17All the things that Manasseh did, including the sins that he did, are written in the book The History of the Kings of Judah. 18Manasseh ˻died and˼ was buried with his ancestors. Manasseh was buried in the garden at his house. It was called, “the Garden of Uzza.” Manasseh’s son Amon became the new king after him. 19Amon was 22 years old when he began to rule. He ruled two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz from Jotbah. 20Amon did the things the Lord said were wrong, just like his father Manasseh. 21Amon lived just like his father. Amon worshiped and served the same idols his father did. 22Amon left the Lord, the God of his ancestors, and did not live the way the Lord wanted. 23Amon’s servants made plans against him and killed him in his own house. 24The common people killed all the officers that made plans against King Amon. Then the people made Amon’s son Josiah the new king after him. 25The other things that Amon did are written in the book The History of the Kings of Judah. 26Amon was buried in his grave at the Garden of Uzza. Amon’s son Josiah became the new king.

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