2 Chronicles 33:1-9

Manasseh becomes king and he does wrong things

1 Manasseh was 12 years old when he started to rule. And he ruled in Jerusalem for 55 years. 2 He did very wrong things that the Lord did not like. The people who lived in the country before the Israelites had done all those things. The Lord had helped the Israelites to push those people out of their country. 3 Manasseh built again the high places for worship that his father Hezekiah had destroyed. He built altars to worship the Baals and the Asherahs. He bent his body to worship all the stars in the sky. 4 The Lord had said about the Lord's house, ‘My name will be in Jerusalem for all time.’ But Manasseh built altars in the Lord's house. 5 He built altars in the two yards of the house of the Lord to worship all the stars. 6 He sacrificed his sons by fire in the Ben-Hinnom Valley. He did magic and he tried to know about future events in wrong ways. He used people who spoke to spirits. He used people who did magic. He did a lot of very wrong things that the Lord did not like. So the Lord became angry with him.

33:1Manasseh was the king of Judah from about 687 BC to 642 BC.

7 He made an idol out of wood and he put it in God's house. But God had said to David and to his son Solomon, ‘I will put my name in this house for all time. I have chosen Jerusalem from the cities of all Israel's tribes. I chose it as the place to put my name for all time. 8 I do not want to take Israel's people away again from this country that I gave to your ancestors. But they must be careful to obey all the rules that are in my Law. And they must be careful to obey all the laws and the rules that I gave to them by Moses.’ 9 But Manasseh caused Judah's people and the people in Jerusalem to sin. So they did more evil things than any of the nations that the Lord had destroyed. The Lord had destroyed those nations when he brought the Israelites into their country.