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21:3 the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed. See 18:4 and note on 1 Kin. 3:2.
altars for Baal. State-sanctioned Baal worship had previously been eradicated in the reforms led by the priest Jehoiada (11:18).
Asherah. See note 1 Kin. 14:15.
as Ahab king of Israel had done. Manasseh imitated the policies of the worst king of the northern kingdom (1 Kin. 16:30–33).
worshiped all the host of heaven. In Babylon and other nations, the sun, moon, and stars were personified as gods (17:16: 23:5). Star worship was forbidden in Israel (Deut. 4:19; 17:3).