Manasseh (Muh-nas´uh)

The son of Hezekiah and king of Judah 698–642 BCE; he reigned longer than any other king of the house of David, fifty-five years. Manasseh is roundly condemned for his aberrant ways by the author of the book of Kings. He is accused of cancelling the altar reform of his father, allowing local “high places” to be rebuilt, and fostering the reintroduction of foreign cultic practices (2Kgs 21:3-6). The sin of Manasseh was directly to blame for the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of Judah (2Kgs 21:12-15; 2Kgs 22:16-17). This, however, is somewhat in tension with the story of Manasseh’s repentance in (2Chr 33:10-16). In the NT, Manasseh appears in the genealogy of Jesus (Matt 1:10).

2Kgs 21:3-6

3For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he erected altars for Baal, made a sacred pole, as King Ahab of Israel had done, worship ... View more

2Kgs 21:12-15

12therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such evil that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.13I wi ... View more

2Kgs 22:16-17

16Thus says the Lord, I will indeed bring disaster on this place and on its inhabitants—all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read.17Because they ... View more

2Chr 33:10-16

Manasseh Restored after Repentance
10The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they gave no heed.11Therefore the Lord brought against them the commander ... View more

Matt 1:10

10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah,

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