Chapter 33: Manasseh Reigns in Yahudah Fifty-Five Years: Manasseh Builds Altars For the Fallen Angels in the Courts of Yah Caused His Sons to Pass Through Fire to Molech Did Soothsaying Witchcraft Drug Sorcery and Consulted Mediums and Spiritists to Anger Yah: Then Manasseh Sets an Image of a Fallen One in the House of Yah: Manasseh Seduces the Yahudites to Be More Evil Than the Nations
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-five years in Yahrushalom. 2 But 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 broken down. He raised up altars for the Baals and made wooden images and he worshiped all the host of heaven (literally the gods or fallen angels of the Assyrians) and served them. 4 He also built altars in the house of Yah, of which Yah had said, “In Yahrushalom shall My name be forever”. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of Yah. 6 Also, he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom. He practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of Yah, to provoke Him to anger. 7 He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of Yah, of which Yah had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Yahrushalom, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Ysrayl, I will put My name forever–8 And I will not again remove the foot of Ysrayl from the land which I have appointed for your fathers, only if they are careful to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statues and the ordinances by the hand of Moshe”. 9 So Manasseh seduced Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom to do more evil than the nations whom Yah had destroyed before the children of Ysrayl.
*You can read about Manasseh in 2 Kings 21:1-18. Also you can read about Manasseh serving Satan in the Ascension of Isaiah in the Pseudepigrapha Volume 2 Chapter 2. Manasseh also did fornication and participated in the act of adultery (this may be physical and/or spiritual). Manasseh also put the prophets on the run for their lives hidden in a cave: Isaiah, Micahyah, Yoyl, Habakkuk to name a few.
Because Manasseh Will Not Listen Yah Sends Assyria to Take Manasseh by Hook and Bound to Babylon: Manasseh Humbles Himself Prays and Repents to Yah and Yah Hears Him
10 And Yah spoke to Manasseh and his people but they would not listen. 11 Therefore Yah brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks (That is, nose hooks, compare 2 Kings 19:28), bound him with bronze fetters and carried him off to Babylon. 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored Yah his Power and humbled himself greatly before Yah of his fathers–13 And prayed to Him and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication and brought him back to Yahrushalom into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that Yah was Power (or the Almighty Power, YL Shaddei in Hebrew).
The Prayer of Manasseh King of Yahudah When He Was Held Captive in Babylon (From the Apocrypha)
O Yah, Almighty Power of our fathers, Abraham, Yitshaq and Yaqob and of their righteous seed, who has made heaven and earth with all the ornament thereof; Who has bound the sea by the word of your commandment; Who has shut up the deep and sealed it by your terrible and righteous name; Whom all men fear and tremble before your power. For the majesty of your righteousness can not be born and your angry threatening toward sinners is importable (or significant or heavy) but your merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable. For you are the Most High Power of great compassion, long-suffering (patient), very merciful and repentest (or hears the repents) of evil men. You, O Yah, according to your great goodness has promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against you and of your infinite mercies has appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be saved. You therefore, O Yah, are the Power of the just, has not appointed repentance to the just, as to Abraham, Yitshaq and Yaqob which have not sinned against you. But you have appointed repentance unto me that am a sinner, for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea.
My transgressions, O Yah, are multiplied: My transgressions are multiplied and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of my sins. I am bowed down with many iron bands, that I can not lift up my head, neither have any release. For I have provoked my wrath and done evil before you. I did not do your will neither did I keep your commandments. I have set up abominations and have multiplied offenses. Now therefore, I bow the knee of my heart, asking you for grace (mercy). I have sinned, O Yah, I have sinned and I acknowledge my sins therefore, I humbly ask you, forgive me O Yah, forgive me and do not destroy me with my sins. Be not angry with me forever, by reserving evil for me neither condemn me into the lower parts of the earth. For you are Yah, even the Power of them that repent and in me you will show all your goodness. For you will save me, that am unworthy, according to your great mercy. Therefore, I will praise you forever all the days of my life. For all the powers (that is, malakim or angels) of the heavens do praise you and yours is the esteem forever and ever. Amein.
*That was a powerful prayer of repentance! Manasseh said his sins were like the sands of the sea! Did you notice that he reigned fifty-five years?! Yah gave him a long time to repent because Yah already knew that he was going to repent.
The Death of Manasseh
18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his Almighty and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of Yah Almighty Power of Ysrayl, indeed they are written in the book (literally words) of the kings of Ysrayl. 19 Also his prayer and how Yah received his entreaty (or humble request) and all his sin and trespass and the sites where he built high places and set up wooden images and carved images, before he was humbled, indeed they are written among the sayings of Hozai (or seers or record keepers in Hebrew, also spelled Chozay or Hosai). 20 So Manasseh rested with his fathers and they buried him in his own house. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.
Amon Reigns Two Years and Does Evil in Yah’s Sight: Amon Refuses to Humble Himself to Yah Like His Father Manasseh: Amon is Murdered
21 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned two years in Yahrushalom. 22 But he did evil in the sight of Yah, as his father Manasseh had done. For Amon sacrificed to all the carved images which his father Manasseh had made and served them. 23 And he did not humble himself before Yah, as his father Manasseh had humbled himself but Amon trespassed more and more. 24 Then his servants conspired against him and killed him in his own house. 25 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.
Chapter 34: Yoshiyah Reigns in Yahudah Thirty-One Years: Yoshiyah Sought Yah: Yoshiyah Put the Dust of the Images on the Graves of Those Who Worshiped Them
1 Yoshiyah was eight years old when he became king and he reigned thirty-one years in Yahrushalom. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah and walked in the ways of his father David. He did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek Yah of his father David and in the twelfth year he began to purge Yahudah and Yahrushalom of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images and the molded images. 4 They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence and the incense altars which were above them he cut down and the wooden images, the carved images and the molded images he broke in pieces and made dust of them and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5 He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars and cleansed Yahudah and Yahrushalom. 6 And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim and Shimeon, as far as Naphtali and all around with axes (literally swords). 7 When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had beaten the carved images into powder and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Ysrayl, he returned to Yahrushalom.
*See 2 Kings Chapter 23.
*Yoshiyah became king at 8 years old but didn’t purge Yahudah until his 12th year on the throne, so he was 20 years old when he began to purge Yahudah of idolatry. Verse 3, says he began to seek Yah in the eighth year of his reign, so he was 16 years old when he began to seek Yah. He sought Yah for 4 years before he took action.
In the Eighteenth Year of the Rule of Yoshiyah He Commands that the House of Yah Be Repaired: The Levites are Restored to Their Duties in the Temple
8 In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliyah, Maaseiyah the governor of the city and Yoah the son of Yoahaz the recorder, to repair the house of Yah his Almighty. 9 When they came to Hilikiyah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of Yah which the Levites who kept the doors had gathered from the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, from all the remnant of Ysrayl, from all Yahudah and Benyamin and which they had brought back to Yahrushalom. 10 Then they put it in the hand of the foremen who had the oversight of the house of Yah and they gave it to the workmen who worked in the house of Yah, to repair and restore the house. 11 They gave it to the craftsmen and builders to buy hewn stone and timber for beams and to floor the houses which the kings of Yahudah had destroyed. 12 And the men did the work faithfully. Their overseers were Yahath and Obadiyah the Levites, of the sons of Merari and Zechariyah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to supervise. Others of the Levites, all of whom were skillful with instruments of music–13 Were over the burden bearers and were overseers of all who did work in any king of service. And some of the Levites were scribes, officers and gatekeepers.
*Yoshiyah is 26 years old in his eighteenth year of rule.
Hilikiyah the High Priest Finds the Book of the Law: Shaphan the Scribe Reads the Laws to Yoshiyah
14 Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of Yah, Hilikiyah the priest found the Book of the Law of Yah given by Moshe. 15 Then Hilikiyah answered and 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. 16 So Shaphan carried the book to the king bringing the king word saying, “All that was committed to your servants they are doing. 17 And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of Yah and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen”. 18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilikiyah the priest has given me a book”. and Shaphan read it before the king.
Yoshiyah Tears His Clothes and Cries When He Hears the Laws of Yah: Yoshiyah Commands Hilikiyah and Other Servants to Inquire of Yah
19 Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 20 Then the king commanded Hilikiyah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon (Achbor the son of Michaiyah in 2 Kings 22:12) the son of Micahyah, Shaphan the scribe and Asaiyah a servant of the king saying: 21 “Go, inquire of Yah for me and for those who are left in Ysrayl and Yahudah, concerning the words of the book that is found. For great is the wrath of Yah that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of Yah, to do according to all that is written in the book”.
Hilikiyah with the Other Servants Seek Yah Through a Prophetess Named Huldah: Yah Warns Yahudah and Makes a Promise to Yoshiyah
22 So Hilikiyah and those the king had appointed went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath (spelled Tikvah in 2 Kings 22:14), the son of Hasrah (spelled Harhas in 2 Kings 22:14), keeper of wardrobe. She dwelt in Yahrushalom in the Second Quarter. And they spoke to her to that effect. 23 Then she answered them, “Thus says Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me–24 Thus says Yah: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book (found in Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26) which they have read before the king of Yahudah–25 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 will be poured out on this place and not be quenched’.” 26 “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 Almighty of Ysrayl: “Concerning the words which you have heard–27 Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before Yah when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants and you humbled yourself before Me and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says Yah. 28 Surely, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place and its inhabitants’.” So they brought back word to the king.
Yoshiyah Restores True Worship: Yoshiyah Has the Law Read to the People and He Makes a Covenant Unto Yah to Serve Him with All His Heart Soul and Might: Yoshiyah Commands the People to Make a Covenant with Yah
29 Then the king sent and gathered all the elders (zahkin in Hebrew) of Yahudah and Yahrushalom. 30 The king went up to the house of Yah, with all the men of Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom, the priests and the Levites and all the people, great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of Yah. 31 Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before Yah, to follow Yah and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statues with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 32 And he made all who were present in Yahrushalom and Benyamin take a stand. So the inhabitants of Yahrushalom did according to the covenant of Yah, the Almighty of their fathers. 33 Thus Yoshiyah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Ysrayl and made all who were present in Ysrayl diligently serve Yah their Almighty. All his days, they did not depart from following Yah Almighty of their fathers.