Scriptures

2 Kings chapter .xxj.

Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign and reigned fifty and five years in Ierusalem: his mother's name was Haphzibah. And he did that displeased the LORD, even after the abominations of the Heathen which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. And he went and built the hillaltars again, which Hezekiah his father had destroyed. And he reared up altars to Baal and made groves, as did Ahab king of Israel. And he bowed himself unto all the Host of heaven and served them. And he built altars in the very house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said: in Ierusalem I will put my name. And he built altars unto all the Host of heaven, even in two courts of the house of the LORD. And he offered his son in fire, and observed dismal days, and used witchcraft and maintained workers with spirits, and tellers of fortunes: and wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD to anger him. And he put an image of a grove that he had made, even in the very temple of which the LORD had said to David and to Salomon his son, in this house and in Ierusalem which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever. Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers: so that they will be diligent to do all I have commanded them, and all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. But they hearkened not: for Manasseh had led them out of the way, to do more wickedness than did the heathen people which the LORD destroyed from before the children of Israel.
And the LORD spake by his servants the Prophets, saying: because Manasseh king of Iuda hath done such abominations, and hath wrought wickedly above all that the Amorites which were before him did: and hath made Iuda sin also with his Idols. Therefore thus sayeth the LORD God of Israel. Behold, I will bring such evil upon Ierusalem and Iuda, that the ears of all that hear it, shall tingle at it. And I will stretch over Ierusalem the squaring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab. And I will wipe out Ierusalem, as a man would wipe a dish, and when he hath wiped it turneth it upside down. And though I leave a remnant of mine inheritance, yet I will deliver them into the hands of them that hate them, and they shall be robbed and spoiled of all their enemies: even because they have done wickedly and have angered me, since the time their fathers came out of Egypt unto this day. And thereto Manasseh shed innocent blood exceeding abundantly, in so much that he replenished Ierusalem in all corners, beside his sin wherewith he made Iuda sin and to do evil in the sight of the LORD. The rest of the acts of Manasseh and all he did and his sin that he sinned, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Iuda. And Manasseh laid him to sleep with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, even in the garden of Oza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.
Amon was twenty two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Ierusalem. His mother's name was Mesalemeth the daughter of Haru of Iathbah. And he did that displeased the LORD as his father Manasseh did. And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the Idols that his father served, and bowed himself to them. And he forsook the LORD God of his fathers and walked not in the way of the LORD. And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew him in his own house. But the people of the land slew all that conspired against king Amon, and made Iosiah his son king in his room. The rest of the acts of Amon which he did are written in the Chronicle of the kings of Iuda. And they buried him in his sepulchre in the garden of Oza, and Iosiah his son reigned in his stead.

 

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