2 Kings 21International Children’s Bible (ICB)
Manasseh King of Judah
21 Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king. And he was king 55 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 He did what the Lord said was wrong. He did the hated things the other nations had done. And the Lord had forced these nations out of the land ahead of the Israelites. 3 Manasseh’s father, Hezekiah, had destroyed the places where false gods were worshiped. But Manasseh rebuilt them. He built altars for Baal. And he made an Asherah idol as Ahab king of Israel had done. Manasseh worshiped all the stars of heaven and served them. 4 The Lord had said about the Temple, “I will be worshiped in Jerusalem.” But Manasseh built altars in the Temple of the Lord. 5 He built altars to worship the stars in the two courtyards of the Temple of the Lord. 6 He burned his own son as a sacrifice. He practiced magic and told the future by explaining signs and dreams. He got advice from mediums and fortune-tellers. He did many things that the Lord said were wrong. And this made the Lord angry.
7 Manasseh carved an Asherah idol and put it in the Temple. The Lord had spoken to David and his son Solomon about the Temple. He had said, “I will be worshiped in this Temple and in Jerusalem forever. I have chosen Jerusalem from all the tribes of Israel. 8 I will never again make the Israelites wander out of the land I gave their ancestors. But they must obey everything I have commanded them. And they must obey all the teachings my servant Moses gave them.” 9 But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them to do wrong. They did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed ahead of the Israelites.
10 The Lord spoke through his servants the prophets. He said, 11 “Manasseh king of Judah has done these hated things. He has done more evil than the Amorites before him. Manasseh also has caused Judah to sin with his idols. 12 So this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will bring much trouble on Jerusalem and Judah. Anyone who hears about it will be shocked. 13 I will stretch the measuring line of Samaria over Jerusalem. And the plumb line used against Ahab’s family will be used on Jerusalem. I will wipe out Jerusalem as a man wipes a dish. He wipes it and turns it upside down. 14 I will go away from the rest of my people who are left. I will give them to their enemies. They will be robbed by all their enemies. 15 My people did what I said was wrong. They have made me angry from the day their ancestors left Egypt until now.’”
16 Manasseh also killed many innocent people. He filled Jerusalem from one end to the other with their blood. This was besides the sin he caused Judah to do. He caused Judah to do what the Lord said was wrong.
17 The other things Manasseh did as king are written down, even the sin he did. They are in the book of the history of the kings of Judah. 18 Manasseh died and was buried in the garden of his own palace. It is the garden of Uzza. Then Manasseh’s son Amon became king in his place.
Amon King of Judah
19 Amon was 22 years old when he became king. He was king for two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz. She was from Jotbah. 20 Amon did what the Lord said was wrong. He did as his father Manasseh had done. 21 Amon lived in the same way his father had lived. He worshiped the idols his father had worshiped. And he bowed down before them. 22 Amon rejected the Lord, the God of his ancestors. He did not follow the ways of the Lord.
23 Amon’s officers made plans against him and killed him in his palace. 24 Then the people of Judah killed all those who had made plans to kill King Amon. And they made his son Josiah king in his place.
25 Everything else Amon did is written down. It is in the book of the history of the kings of Judah. 26 He was buried in his grave in the garden of Uzza. And his son Josiah became king in his place.
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