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1Manasʹseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephʹzibah. 2And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 3For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiʹah his father had destroyed; and he erected altars for Baʹal, and made an Asheʹrah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” 5And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6And he burned his son as an offering, and practiced soothsaying and augury, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 7And the graven image of Asheʹrah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord 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 for ever; 8and I will not cause the feet of Israel to wander any more out of the land which I gave to their fathers, if only they will be careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.” 9But they did not listen, and Manasʹseh seduced them to do more evil than the nations had done whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.

10And the Lord said by his servants the prophets, 11“Because Manasʹseh king of Judah has committed these abominations, and has done things more wicked than all that the Amorites did, who were before him, and has made Judah also to sin with his idols; 12therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such evil that the ears of every one who hears of it will tingle. 13And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samarʹia, and the plummet of the house of Ahab; and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14And I will cast off the remnant of my heritage, and give them into the hand of their enemies, and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies, 15because they have done what is evil in my sight and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day.”

16Moreover Manasʹseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin which he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.

17Now the rest of the acts of Manasʹseh, and all that he did, and the sin that he committed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 18And Manasʹseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his house, in the garden of Uzza; and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

19Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshulʹlemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as Manasʹseh his father had done. 21He walked in all the way in which his father walked, and served the idols that his father served, and worshiped them; 22he forsook the Lord, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord. 23And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and killed the king in his house. 24But the people of the land slew all those who had conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiʹah his son king in his stead. 25Now 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? 26And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza; and Josiʹah his son reigned in his stead.

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