2 Kings 21
Tree of Life Version
Wicked Kings Manasseh and Amon
21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned 55 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzi-bah. 2 But he did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes, following the abominations of the nations that Adonai had dispossessed before Bnei-Yisrael. 3 For he rebuilt the shrines that his father Hezekiah had destroyed and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah pole, as King Ahab of Israel had done, and bowed down to all the host of heaven and worshipped them. 4 He even built altars in Adonai’s House, where Adonai had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My Name.” 5 He built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the House of Adonai. 6 He also made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in Adonai’s eyes to provoke Him.
7 Then he set up the carved image of Asherah that he made in the House about which Adonai had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this House and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My Name forever. 8 No longer will I cause the feet of Israel to wander from the land which I gave their fathers—if only they will keep doing all I have commanded them and the whole Torah that My servant Moses commanded them.”
9 But they did not listen, so Manasseh led them astray to do more evil than the nations that Adonai had destroyed before Bnei-Yisrael. 10 Then Adonai spoke through His servants the prophets, saying: 11 “Since King Manasseh of Judah has done these abominations, and has outdone in wickedness all that the Amorites who were before him did, and has also made Judah sin with his idols, 12 therefore thus says Adonai, God of Israel, behold, I am bringing such evil on Jerusalem and Judah that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle! 13 I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and I will utterly wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish—wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 Then I will cast off the remnant of My inheritance and hand them over to their enemies—they will become plunder and spoil to all their enemies. 15 For they have done such evil in My eyes, and kept provoking Me to anger since the day their fathers came out of Egypt up to this day.”
16 Moreover, Manasseh shed so much innocent blood until he filled Jerusalem with blood from one end to another—in addition to his sin which he made Judah sin, in doing what was evil in Adonai’s eyes. 17 Now the rest of the deeds of Manasseh, all that he did and his sin that he committed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 18 Then Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own palace, in the garden of Uzza.
Then his son Amon became king in his place. 19 Amon was 22 years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. 20 He did what was evil in Adonai’s eyes, as his father Manasseh had done. 21 So he walked in all the ways that his father had walked in, and worshipped the idols that his father had worshipped, and bowed down to them. 22 He abandoned Adonai, God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of Adonai.
23 Then Amon’s courtiers conspired against him and assassinated the king in his own palace. 24 But the people of the land put to death all the conspirators against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.
25 Now the rest of the deeds of Amon which he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 26 Then he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and his son Josiah became king in his place.