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nations that the Lord had driven from the land
ahead of the Israelites. 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 powers of
the heavens and worshiped them.
4 He built pagan altars in the Temple of the
Lord, the place where the Lord had said,
“My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.”
5 He built these altars for all the powers of
the heavens in both courtyards of the Lord’s
Temple. 6 Manasseh also sacrificed his own
son in the fire.* He practiced sorcery and divi
nation, and he consulted with mediums and
psychics. He did much that was evil in the
Lord’s sight, arousing his anger.
7 Manasseh even made a carved image of
Asherah 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 for
ever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the
city I have chosen from among all the tribes
of Israel. 8 If the Israelites will be careful to
obey my commands—all the laws my servant
Moses gave t hem—I will not send them into
exile from this land that I gave their ances
tors.” 9 But the people refused to listen, and
Manasseh led them to do even more evil than
the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed
when the people of Israel 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 caused the people
of Judah to sin with his idols.* 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 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 the remnant of my
own 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 an
gered me ever since their ancestors came out
16 Manasseh also murdered many innocent
people until Jerusalem was filled from one
end to the other with innocent blood. This was
in addition to the sin that he caused the people
of Judah to commit, leading them to do evil in
the Lord’s sight.
17 The rest of the events in Manasseh’s reign
and everything he did, including the sins he
committed, are recorded in The Book of the
History of the Kings of Judah. 18 When Manas
seh died, he was buried in the palace garden,
the garden of Uzza. Then his son Amon be
came 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. 20 He did
what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his
father, Manasseh, had done. 21 He followed the
example of his father, worshiping the same
idols his father had worshiped. 22 He aban
doned the Lord, the God of his ancestors, and
he refused to follow the Lord’s ways.
23 Then Amon’s own officials conspired
against him and assassinated him in his pal
ace. 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.
25 The rest of the events in Amon’s reign and
what he did are recorded in The Book of the
History of the Kings of Judah. 26 He was buried
in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. Then his son
Josiah became the next king.
22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he became
king, and he reigned in Jerusalem t hirty-one
years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter
of Adaiah from Bozkath. 2 He did what was
pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the
example of his ancestor David. He did not turn
away from doing what was right.
20:4 As in Greek version and an alternate reading in the
Masoretic Text; the other alternate reads the middle of the
20:9 Or The shadow on the sundial has gone forward ten
steps; do you want it to go backward ten steps?
20:12 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Greek
and Syriac versions (see also Isa 39:1); Masoretic Text reads
20:20 Hebrew watercourse.
21:6 Or also
made his son pass through the fire.
21:11 The Hebrew term
(literally round things) probably alludes to dung; also in 21:21.
21:13 Hebrew the same plumb line I used for S
amaria and the
same plumb bob.
The next day Paul went with us [Luke and
Paul’s other companions] to meet with James,
and all the elders of the Jerusalem church
were present. 19 After greeting them, Paul gave
a detailed account of the things God had ac
complished among the Gentiles through his
20 After hearing this, they praised God. And
then they said, “You know, dear brother, how
many thousands of Jews have also believed,
and they all follow the law of M
oses very seri
ously. 21 But the Jewish believers here in Jeru
salem have been told that you are teaching all
the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn
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