Bible: 2 Chron 33:10-20

33:10 The Lord confronted 1  Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. 33:11 So the Lord brought against them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria. They seized Manasseh, put hooks in his nose, 2  bound him with bronze chains, and carried him away to Babylon. 33:12 In his pain 3  Manasseh 4  asked the Lord his God for mercy 5  and truly 6  humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. 7  33:13 When he prayed to the Lord, 8  the Lord 9  responded to him 10  and answered favorably 11  his cry for mercy. The Lord 12  brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh realized that the Lord is the true God.

33:14 After this Manasseh 13  built up the outer wall of the City of David 14  on the west side of the Gihon in the valley to the entrance of the Fish Gate and all around the terrace; he made it much higher. He placed army officers in all the fortified cities in Judah.

33:15 He removed the foreign gods and images from the Lord’s temple and all the altars he had built on the hill of the Lord’s temple and in Jerusalem; he threw them outside the city. 33:16 He erected the altar of the Lord and offered on it peace offerings and thank offerings. He told the people of 15  Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. 33:17 The people continued to offer sacrifices at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.

33:18 The rest of the events of Manasseh’s reign, including his prayer to his God and the words the prophets 16  spoke to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, are recorded 17  in the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 33:19 The Annals of the Prophets include his prayer, give an account of how the Lord responded to it, record all his sins and unfaithful acts, and identify the sites where he built high places and erected Asherah poles and idols before he humbled himself. 18  33:20 Manasseh passed away 19  and was buried in his palace. His son Amon replaced him as king.

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