33 Ma·nasʹseh+ was 12 years old when he became king, and he reigned for 55 years in Jerusalem.+
2 He did what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes, following the detestable practices of the nations that Jehovah had driven out from before the people of Israel.+ 3 He rebuilt the high places that his father Hez·e·kiʹah had torn down,+ he set up altars to the Baʹals and made sacred poles,* and he bowed down to all the army of the heavens and served them.+ 4 He also built altars in the house of Jehovah,+ about which Jehovah had said: “In Jerusalem my name will be forever.”+ 5 And he built altars to all the army of the heavens in two courtyards of the house of Jehovah.+ 6 And he made his own sons pass through the fire+ in the Valley of the Son of Hinʹnom;+ he practiced magic,+ used divination, practiced sorcery, and appointed spirit mediums and fortune-tellers.+ He did on a grand scale what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes, to offend him.
7 He put the carved image that he made into the house of the true God+ about which God had said to David and to his son Solʹo·mon: “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will permanently put my name.+ 8 And I will never again remove the feet of Israel from the land that I assigned to their forefathers, provided they carefully observe all that I have commanded them, the entire Law, the regulations and the judicial decisions given through Moses.” 9 Ma·nasʹseh kept leading Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, causing them to do worse than the nations that Jehovah had annihilated from before the Israelites.+
10 Jehovah kept speaking to Ma·nasʹseh and his people, but they paid no attention.+ 11 So Jehovah brought against them the army chiefs of the king of As·syrʹi·a, and they captured Ma·nasʹseh with hooks* and bound him with two copper fetters and took him to Babylon. 12 In his distress, he begged Jehovah his God for favor* and kept humbling himself greatly before the God of his forefathers. 13 He kept praying to Him, and He was moved by his entreaty and heard his request for favor, and He restored him to Jerusalem to his kingship.+ Then Ma·nasʹseh came to know that Jehovah is the true God.+