Chapter 21: Manasseh Reigns in Yahudah Fifty-five Years and He Does Evil in the Sight of Yah Then He Repents
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-five years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yah had cast out before the children of Ysrayl. 3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiyah his father had destroyed. He raised up altars for Baal and made a wooden image (for Asherah, a Canaanite goddess) as Ahab king of Ysrayl had done and he worshiped all the host of heaven (the gods of the Assyrians or the fallen angels) and served them. 4 He also built altars in the house of Yah of which Yah had said, “In Yahrushalim I will put My name”. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of Yah. 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of Yah to provoke Him to anger. 7 He even set a carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of which Yah had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Yahrushalim, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Ysrayl, I will put My name forever. And I will not make the feet of Ysrayl wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers, only if they are careful to do according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them”. 9 But they paid no attention and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom Yah had destroyed before the children of Ysrayl.
Yah Sends Prophets to King Manasseh and Manasseh Persecutes Them: Yah Brings Such Calamity on Yahrushalom and Yahudah That Makes the Ears Itch
10 And Yah spoke by His servants the prophets saying: 11 “Because Manasseh king of Yahudah has done these abominations (he has acted more wickedly than all the Ammorites who were before him and has also made Yahudah sin with his idols). 12 Therefore, Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl: ‘Behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Yahrushalom and Yahudah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle. 13 And I will stretch over Yahshalim the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab. I will wipe Yahrushalom as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 So I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies and they shall become victims of plunder to all their enemies–15 Because they have done evil in My sight and have provoked Me to anger since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day’.”16 Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Yahrushalom from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Yahudah sin, in doing evil in the sight of Yah.
Manasseh Rests With His Fathers
17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, all that he did and the sin that he committed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 18 So Manasseh rested with his fathers and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzzayah. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.
*Manasseh repented to Yah in 2 Chronicles chapter 33.
Amon’s Reigns Two Years and Does Evil in the Sight of Yah
19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned two years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Yotbah. 20 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, as his father Manasseh had done. 21 So he walked in all the ways that his father had walked and he served the idols that his father had served and worshiped them. 22 He forsook Yah Almighty of his fathers and did not walk in the way of Yah.
Amon is Murdered
23 Then the servants of Amon conspired against him and killed the king in his own house. 24 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Yoshiyah king in his place. 25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 26 And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzzayah. Then Yoshiyah his son reigned in his place.
Chapter 22: Yoshiyah Reigns in Yahudah Thirty-One Years and Did Righteous in the Sight of Yah Not Turning Right Nor Left
1 Yoshiyah was eight years old when he became king and he reigned thirty-one years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yedidyah the daughter of Adaiyah of Bozkath. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah and walked in all the ways of his father David. He did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
Yoshiyah Asks the High Priest Hilikiyah to Collect the Money So Yah’s House Can Be Repaired
3 Now it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Yoshiyah, that the king sent Shaphan the scribe, the son of Azaliyah, the son of Meshullam, to the house of Yah saying: 4 Go up to Hilikiyah the high priest, that he may count the money which has been brought into the house of Yah, which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people. 5 And let them deliver it into the hand of those doing the work, who are the overseers in the house of Yah. Let them give it to those who are in the house of Yah doing the work, to repair the damages of the house–6 To carpenters and builders and masons and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 However, there need be no accounting made with them of the money delivered into their hand because they deal faithfully.
Hilikiyah the High Priest Finds the Book of the Law and Gives it to the Scribe Shaphan to Read: Shaphan Shows the Law Book to King Yoshiyah: Yoshiyah Tears His Clothes and Asks Hilikiyah to Go and Inquire of Yah
8 Then Hilikiyah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of Yah”. And Hilikiyah gave the book to Shaphan and he read it. 9 So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word saying, “Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of Yah”. 10 Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king saying, “Hilikiyah the priest has given me a book”. And Shaphan read it before the king. 11 Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilikiyah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor (Abdon the son of Micah in 2 Chronicles 34:20) the son of Michaiyah, Shaphan the scribe and Asaiyah a servant of the king saying–13 “Go, inquire of Yah for me, for the people and for all Yahudah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of Yah that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us”.
Hilikiyah and the Servants of Yoshiyah Inquire of Yah Through Huldah Prophetess of Yah: Yah saw Yoshiyah Cry and Tear His Clothes: Yah Promises No Calamity Upon Yahudah During the Reign of Yoshiyah
14 So Hilikiyah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan and Asaiyah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. She dwelt in Yahrushalom in the Second Quarter. And they spoke with her. 15 Then she said to them, “Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me: 16 Thus says Yah: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, all the words of the book which the king of Yahudah has read–17 Because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to the gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore, My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched’.” 18 “But as for the king of Yahudah, who sent you to inquire of Yah, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says Yah of Ysrayl: “Concerning the words which you have heard–19 Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before Yah when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse and you tore your clothes and wept for Me, I also have heard you,” says Yah. 20 Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace and your eyes shall not see the calamity which I will bring on this place’.” So they brought back word to the king.