1 Manasseh a was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, b according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the 1 high places c which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a 2 wooden image, 3 d as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he e worshiped all 4 the host of heaven 4 and served them. 4 f He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, g "In Jerusalem I will put My name." 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the h two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 i Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced j soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger. 7 He even set a carved image of 6 Asherah 6 that he had made, in the 8 house of which the LORD had said to David and to Solomon his son, k "In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; 8 l "and I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers - only if they are careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that My servant Moses commanded them." 9 But they paid no attention, and Manasseh m seduced them to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.