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I. Manasseh

II. You and Me

2 Kings 21:1-15 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he

reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 He

did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations

the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. 3 He rebuilt the high places his

father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an

Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry

hosts and worshiped them. 4 He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which

the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.” 5 In both courts of the

temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. 6 He sacrificed his own

son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and

spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. 7

He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which

the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in

Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name

forever. 8 I will not again make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I

gave their forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded

them and will keep the whole Law that my servant Moses gave them.” 9 But the

people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than

the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites. 10 The LORD said

through his servants the prophets: 11 “Manasseh king of Judah has committed

these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded

him and has led Judah into sin with his idols. 12 Therefore this is what the LORD,

the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah