But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah the next king.
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother was Hephzibah.
3 He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He constructed altars for Baal and set up an Asherah pole, just as King Ahab of Israel had done. He also bowed before all the forces of heaven and worshiped them.
4 He even built pagan altars in the Temple of the LORD, the place where the LORD had said his name should be honored.
7 Manasseh even took an Asherah pole he had made and set it up in the Temple, the very place where the LORD had told David and his son Solomon: "My name will be honored here forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem--the city I have chosen from among all the other tribes of Israel.
8 If the Israelites will obey my commands--the whole law that was given through my servant Moses--I will not send them into exile from this land that I gave their ancestors."
9 But the people refused to listen, and Manasseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations whom the LORD had destroyed when the Israelites entered the land.
10 Then the LORD said through his servants the prophets:
11 "King Manasseh of Judah has done many detestable things. He is even more wicked than the Amorites, who lived in this land before Israel. He has led the people of Judah into idolatry.
12 So this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of those who hear about it will tingle with horror.
13 I will judge Jerusalem by the same standard I used for Samaria and by the same measure I used for the family of Ahab. I will wipe away the people of Jerusalem as one wipes a dish and turns it upside down.
14 Then I will reject even those few of my people who are left, and I will hand them over as plunder for their enemies.
15 For they have done great evil in my sight and have angered me ever since their ancestors came out of Egypt."
18 When Manasseh died, he was buried in the palace garden, the garden of Uzza. Then his son Amon became the next king.
19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz from Jotbah.
21 He followed the example of his father, worshiping the same idols that his father had worshiped.
24 But the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon, and they made his son Josiah the next king.
26 He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. Then his son Josiah became the next king.