The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 33:1–10

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Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign; and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem.

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And he did that which was evil in the sight of YHWH, after the abominations of the nations, whom the YHWH cast out before the children of Israel.

But he did evil before the Lord, in accord with all the abominations of the nations which the Lord overturned before the sons of Israel.

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For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; and he reared up altars for the Baalim, and made Asheroth, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

And he returned and built the high places, which his father Ezekias had pulled down, and set up images to Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

And turning away, he repaired the high places, which had been demolished by his father, Hezekiah. And he constructed altars to the Baals, and made sacred groves. And he adored the entire army of heaven, and he served them.

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And he built altars in the house of YHWH, whereof the YHWH said: 'In Jerusalem shall My name be for ever.'

Also, he built altars in the house of the Lord, about which the Lord had said, “My name shall be in Jerusalem forever.”

Moreover he worshipped all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.

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And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of YHWH.

But he built these for the entire army of heaven, in the two courts of the house of the Lord.

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He also made his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom; and he practised soothsaying, and used enchantments, and practised sorcery, and appointed them that divined by a ghost or a familiar spirit; he wrought much evil in the sight of YHWH, to provoke Him.

He also passed his children through the fire in the valley of Benennom; and he divined, and used auspices, and sorceries, and appointed those who had divining spirits, and enchanters, and wrought abundant wickedness before the Lord, to provoke him.

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And he set the graven image of the idol, which he had made, in the house of God, of which God said to David and to Solomon his son: 'In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, will I put My name for ever;

Also, he set up a graven image and molten statue in the house of God, about which God said to David, and to his son Solomon: “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will place my name forever.

And he set the image of the idol which had four faces, which he had made, in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen for myself out of all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever;

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neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from off the land which I have appointed for your fathers; if only they will observe to do all that I have commanded them, even all the law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.'

and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I gave to their fathers, if only they will take heed to do all things which I have commanded them, according to all the law and the ordinances and the judgements given by the hand of Moses.

And I will not cause the foot of Israel to be moved from the land which I delivered to their fathers. Yet this is so, only if they will take care to do what I have instructed them, by the hand of Moses, with the entire law and the ceremonies and the judgments.”

And Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, so that they did evil more than did the nations, whom YHWH destroyed before the children of Israel.

So Manasses led astray Juda and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to do evil beyond all the nations which the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

And so Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that they did evil, more so than all the nations which the Lord had overturned before the face of the sons of Israel.

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10  And YHWH spoke to Manasseh, and to his people; but they gave no heed.

10  And the Lord spoke to Manasses, and to his people: but they hearkened not.