33 Manasseh was twelve years old at his accession to the throne, and reigned fifty-five years at Jerusalem. 2 And he did what displeased Jehovah, like the detestable doings of the nations Jehovah dispossessed before the sons of Israel; 3 and he rebuilt the heights his father Hezekiah had pulled down, and set up altars to the Baals and made asherahs, and did reverence to all the legions of the sky and worshiped them, 4 and built altars in the house of Jehovah, which Jehovah had spoken of, “In Jerusalem my name shall forever be”; 5 and he built altars to all the legions of the sky in both the courts of Jehovah’s house. 6 And he, he sent his son over through the fire in Ben-Hinnom’s Valley, and practiced fortune-telling and believed in signs and played the wizard and employed spirit-mediums of different kinds: he did what displeased Jehovah on a great scale, provoking him. 7 And he set the effigy-statue he had made in the house of God, in the house of which God had said to David and his son Solomon “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will set my name forever, 8 and I will no more dislodge Israel’s feet off the soil I set your fathers standing on, if only they take care to do just as I commanded them, all the instructions and usages and laws, by Moses.” 9 And Manasseh demoralized Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into misdoing more than had the nations Jehovah had rooted out before the sons of Israel. 10 And Jehovah spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they did not listen. 11 And Jehovah brought against them the generals of the king of Assyria, and they caught Manasseh with hooks and put him in fetters and took him to Babylon. 12 But when he was in distress he took steps to propitiate his God Jehovah, and humbled himself thoroughly before the God of his fathers 13 and prayed to him; and he let himself be invoked and listened to his appeal and brought him back to Jerusalem to his royalty, and Manasseh knew that Jehovah was God. 14 * And after that he built an outer wall for David’s City west of Gihon in the arroyo and of the approach to the Fish Gate and around the castle ridge, and made it very high; and he set army officers in all the fortified cities in Judah. 15 And he removed the foreign gods and the effigy from Jehovah’s house, and all the altars he had built on the mountain of Jehovah’s house and in Jerusalem, and threw them away outside the city, 16 and reconditioned the altar of Jehovah and sacrificed welfare-sacrifices and sacrifices of thanks on it, and told Judah to worship Jehovah the God of Israel. 17 The people still, though, sacrificed on the heights, but only to their God Jehovah. 18 And as to the rest of the history of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of Jehovah the God of Israel, they are in the history of the kings of Israel. 19 * And as to his praying and having his prayer granted, and all his sin and his unfaithfulness, and the places in which he built heights and erected the asherahs and the carvings before his humbling himself, they are recorded in the chronicles of the seers. 20 * And Manasseh went to rest with his fathers, and they buried him at his house; and his son Amon succeeded him. 21 Amon was twenty-two years old at his accession to the throne, and reigned two years at Jerusalem. 22 And he did what displeased Jehovah, as his father Manasseh had; and Amon sacrificed to all the carvings his father Manasseh had made, and worshiped them. 23 And he did not humble himself before Jehovah as his father Manasseh had; for he, Amon, went far in guilt. 24 And his officers organized a revolution against him and took his life in his palace; 25 but the populace killed all who had taken part in the conspiracy against King Amon, and the populace installed his son Josiah as his successor.
^ 33:14 Codd.* and surrounded the castle ridge
^ 33:19 Var. my seers Conj. his seers
^ 33:20 Var. in the garden of his house