Manasseh became the king of Judah when he was twelve and he ruled over Jerusalem for 55 years. He had some of the high places rebuilt that Hezekiah (his father) had destroyed. Manasseh put up some altars to Baal. He put up an Asherah pole, just like Ahab had done, and he worshiped the starry hosts.
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Manasseh’s Evil Deeds
Manasseh also sacrificed his son, sought omens, practiced divination, and even consulted with spiritualists and mediums. He committed many sins that made God very angry. Manasseh took the Asherah pole and put it inside of God’s temple. God told the prophets that Manasseh had carried out these horrible sins and that he committed far more evil acts compared to the Amorites because he led the people of Judah astray with his idols.
God Declares His Wrath
Then God told the prophets that He was going to bring disaster to Judah and Jerusalem. The Lord said that everyone’s ears would tingle when they heard the sounds of destruction. God went on to tell the prophets that He would forsake Israel and give them to their enemies. The Lord also told the prophets that He would destroy Jerusalem because they had angered Him every day since their ancestors had departed Egypt.
Amon as King of Judah
Manasseh passed away and was laid to rest in the garden at his palace. Then his son, Amon, succeeded him. He was 22 when he became the king and he ruled over Jerusalem for two years. He followed the sinful ways of Manasseh and worshiped the same idols. He did not abide by God’s laws.
The officials of Amon plotted against him. They assassinated Amon in his palace and he was laid to rest in his tomb at Uzza. The people then killed everyone that had conspired against Amon. Josiah, Amon’s son, became the next king of Israel.
2 Kings 21 (King James Version)
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah.
2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.
5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made 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 tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8 Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.
9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,
11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:
12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.
13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.
14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;
15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.
16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
19 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.
20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as his father Manasseh did.
21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them:
22 And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the LORD.
23 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house.
24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.
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 sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.