SECOND KINGS TWENTY-ONE

SECOND KINGS TWENTY-ONE

1 When he became the king, Manasseh was

Twelve years old, and he reigned in Jerusalem

Fifty‑five years, and Hephzibah was his

Mother’s name; 2 he did evil in God’s eyes

By following the awful practices

Of nations which the LORD had driven out

Before the Israelites, 3 and he rebuilt

High places that his father Hezekiah

Had done away with, he erected altars

To Baal, and he made an Asherah

Pole, just as Ahab king of Israel

Had done. He bowed down to the starry hosts

And worshiped them. 4 He built some altars in

The temple of the LORD, of which the LORD

Had said, “Within Jerusalem I’ll put

My Name,” 5 and in the temple of the LORD,

In the two courts, he built some altars to

The starry hosts, 6 he sacrificed his son

Inside the fire, he practiced divination,

He looked for omens, and consulted with

The mediums and spiritists. He did

Much evil in the eyes of God, and this

Provoked his anger. 7 He took out the carved

Asherah pole he’d made and placed it in

The temple, of which God had said to David

And his son Solomon, “Inside this temple

And in Jerusalem, which I have chosen

From all the tribes of Israel, I’ll put  

My Name forever, 8 for I won’t again

Make Israelites’ feet wander from the land

I gave their ancestors, if only they’ll

Take care to do all I commanded them

And will keep the whole Law my servant Moses

Gave them,” 9 but people did not listen, for

Manasseh led them wrongly, so they did

More evil than the nations God destroyed

Before the Israelites, 10 and God said through

His prophet-servants: 11 “Judah’s King Manasseh

Has done these awful sins. He’s done more evil

Than Amorites who came before him and

He has led Judah into sin with idols.

12 The LORD, the God of Israel, says this:

‘I plan to bring so much disaster on

Jerusalem and Judah that the ears

Of everyone who hears of it will tingle.

13 I will stretch out above Jerusalem    

The measuring line I used against Samaria

And the plumb line I used against the house

Of Ahab. I’ll wipe out Jerusalem

The way you wipe a dish: You wipe it and   

You turn it upside down; 14 I will forsake

The remnant of my own inheritance

And turn them over to their enemies.

They will be looted, plundered by their foes;

15 For they’ve done evil in my eyes and have

Aroused my anger from the day their fathers

Left Egypt to this day.'” 16 Manasseh also

Shed so much blameless blood that he filled up

Jerusalem from end to end–besides

The sin that he caused Judah to commit,

So they did evil in the eyes of God.

17 As for the other incidents within

Manasseh’s reign, and all he did, including

The sin which he committed, aren’t they written

Within the annals book of Judah’s kings?

18 Manasseh rested with his fathers and

Was buried in his palace garden, that

Is, Uzza garden. 19 His son Amon took

His place as king. At twenty-two when he

Became the king, he reigned for two years in

Jerusalem. Meshullemeth, his mother,

The daughter of Haruz, came out of Jotbah.

20 In God’s eyes he did evil, as his father

Manasseh had done: 21 He completely followed

His father’s ways by worshiping the idols

His father had, and bowing down to them.

22 He left the LORD, the God of his own fathers,

And did not walk obediently with him.

23 Amon’s officials did conspire against

Him and they killed him in his palace, 24 then

The nation’s people killed all who had plotted

Against King Amon, and they made Josiah,

His son, the king to take his place. 25 As for

The other incidents in Amon’s reign,

And what he did, are they not written in

The annals book of Judah’s kings? And he

Was buried in his tomb in Uzza garden.

His son Josiah was the king, the star.