1Menashsheh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Yerushalayim.
2But he did evil in the eyes of יהוה, according to the abominations of the gentiles whom יהוה dispossessed from before the children of Yisra’ĕl.
3For again he rebuilt the high places which Ḥizqiyahu his father had broken down, and raised up altars for the Ba‛als, and made Ashĕrim, and bowed himself to all the host of the heavens and served them.
4And he built altars in the House of יהוה, of which יהוה had said, “In Yerushalayim is My Name, forever.”
5And he built altars for all the host of the heavens in the two courtyards of the House of יהוה.
6And he made his sons pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and practised magic, and used divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of יהוה, to provoke Him.
7And he placed a carved image of the idol which he had made, in the House of Elohim, of which Elohim had said to Dawiḏ and to Shelomoh his son, “In this house and in Yerushalayim, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Yisra’ĕl, I put My Name forever,
8and no more shall I remove the foot of Yisra’ĕl from the soil which I have appointed for your fathers – only if they guard to do all that I have commanded them, according to all the Torah and the laws and the right-rulings by the hand of Mosheh.”
9Thus Menashsheh led Yehuḏah and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim astray, to do more evil than the gentiles whom יהוה had destroyed before the children of Yisra’ĕl.
10And יהוה spoke to Menashsheh and to his people, but they did not listen.
11Therefore יהוה brought upon them the commanders of the army of the sovereign of Ashshur, who captured Menashsheh with hooks, bound him with bronze shackles, and made him go to Baḇel.
12And when he was in distress, he sought the face of יהוה his Elohim, and humbled himself greatly before the Elohim of his fathers,
13and prayed to Him. And He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him back to Yerushalayim into his reign. And Menashsheh knew that יהוה was Elohim.
14And after this he built a wall outside the City of Dawiḏ on the west of Giḥon, in the wadi, and as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate, and it went round Ophel, and he made it exceedingly high. And he put army commanders in all the walled cities of Yehuḏah.
15And he removed the foreign mighty ones and the idol from the House of יהוה, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the House of יהוה and in Yerushalayim, and he threw them out of the city.
16And he built the altar of יהוה, and brought peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and ordered Yehuḏah to serve יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl.
17But the people were still offering on the high places, though only to יהוה their Elohim.
18And the rest of the acts of Menashsheh, his prayer to his Elohim, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the Name of יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, see, they are written in the book of the sovereigns of Yisra’ĕl.
19And his prayer, and his entreaty, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places where he built high places and set up the Ashĕrim and the carved images, before he was humbled, see, they are written among the words of the seers.
20So Menashsheh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house. And his son Amon reigned in his place.
21Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Yerushalayim.
22But he did evil in the eyes of יהוה, as his father Menashsheh had done. And Amon offered to all the carved images which his father Menashsheh had made, and served them.
23And he did not humble himself before יהוה, as his father Menashsheh had humbled himself, for Amon trespassed more and more.
24And his servants conspired against him, and killed him in his own house.
25But the people of the land smote all those who had conspired against Sovereign Amon, and the people of the land set up his son Yoshiyahu to reign in his place.