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2 Kings 21

Manasseh's reign.

2 Kings 21:1 Manasse was twelue yere olde, when he beganne to raygne and raygned fyfty & fyue yere in Ierusalem: hys mothers name also was Hephziba. 2 Kings 21:2 And he dyd euell in the syght of the Lorde, euen after the abhominacyons of the Hethen whom the Lorde cast out before the chyldren of Israel.

His great idolatry.

2 Kings 21:3 For he went and buylt vp the hyllaulters, which Hezekia hys father had destroyed. And he reared vp aulters for Baal, and made Idoll groues (as dyd Ahab kynge of Israel,) and worshypped all the Hoste of heauen, and serued them. 2 Kings 21:4 And he buylt aulters in the house of the Lorde, of which the Lorde sayde: in Ierusalem wyll I put my name. 2 Kings 21:5 And he buylt aulters for all the Host of heauen, euen in two courtes of the house of the Lorde. 2 Kings 21:6 And he offered hys sonnes in fyre, and gaue hede vnto witchcraft and sorcery, and mayntened workers with spretes, and tellers of fortunes: and brought moche wyckednesse in the syght of the Lorde to angre hym. 2 Kings 21:7 And he put an ymage of a groue (that he had made) euen in the temple, of which the Lorde had sayde to Dauid and to Salomon his sonne, in thys house and in Ierusalem (which I haue chosen out of all trybes of Israel) wyll I put my name for euer. 2 Kings 21:8 Nether will I make the fete of Israel moue any moare out of the lande, which I gaue theyr fathers: so that they wyll obserue and do all that I haue commaunded them, and accordynge to all the lawe that my seruaunt Moses commaunded them. 2 Kings 21:9 But they herkened not: and Manasse ledd them out of the waye to do more wyckedlye then dyd the hethen people, whom the Lord destroyed before the chyldren of Israel.

His wickedness causeth prophecies against Judah.

2 Kings 21:10 And the Lorde spake by his seruauntes þe prophetes, sayinge: 2 Kings 21:11 because Manasse kynge of Iuda hath done soche abhominacions, and hath wrought more wyckedlye then all that the Amorites (which were before hym) dyd: & hath made Iuda synne also with hys Idoles. 2 Kings 21:12 Therfore thus sayth the Lorde God of Israel. Beholde, I wyll brynge soche euell vpon Ierusalem and Iuda, that who so heareth of it both his eares shall tyngle. 2 Kings 21:13 And I wyll stretch ouer Ierusalem the squaryng lyne of Samaria, and the plommeth of the house of Ahab. And I wyll wype out Ierusalem, as a man wypeth a disshe, and when he hath wyped it, turneth it vp syde downe. 2 Kings 21:14 And I wyll leaue the remnaunt of myne enheritaunce, and delyuer them into the hande of theyr enemies, and they shalbe robbed and spoyled of all their aduersaries: 2 Kings 21:15 euen because they haue done euell in my syght, & haue angred me, sence the tyme theyr fathers came out of Egypte vnto this daye. 2 Kings 21:16 And Manasse shedd innocent bloude exceadynge moche, tyll he replenisshed Ierusalem from corner to corner, besyde hys synne wherwith he made Iuda to synne, and to do euell in the syght of the Lorde.

Amon succeedeth him.

2 Kings 21:17 The rest of the wordes þt concerne Manasse, and all that he dyd, and hys synne that he synned, are they not written in the boke of the chronicles of the kynges of Iuda? 2 Kings 21:18 And Manasse slepte with hys fathers, and was buryed in his awne house, euen in the garden of Uza: & Amon his sonne raygned in hys steade.

Amon's wicked reign.

2 Kings 21:19 Amon was .xxii. yeare olde when he beganne to raygne, and he raygned two yeare in Ierusalem. Hys mothers name also was Mesulemeth the daughter of Harum of Iotba. 2 Kings 21:20 And he did euell in the syght of the Lorde (as his father Manasse dyd,) 2 Kings 21:21 and walked in all the waye þt his father walked in: & serued the ydoles þt his father serued, & worshypped them. 2 Kings 21:22 And he forsoke the Lorde God of hys fathers, & walked not in the waye of the Lorde.

He being slain by his servants, and those murderers being slain by the people, Josiah is made king.

2 Kings 21:23 And the seruauntes of Amon conspyred agaynst hym, and slue the kyng in hys awne house. 2 Kings 21:24 And the people of the lande slue all them that had conspyred agaynst kynge Amon, & the people made Iosia hys sonne kynge, in hys steade. 2 Kings 21:25 The rest of the wordes that concerne Amon, what thynges he dyd, are they not wrytten in the boke of the chronicles of the kynges of Iuda? 2 Kings 21:26 And they buryed hym in hys sepulchre, in the garden of Uza: & Iosia hys sonne raygned in hys steade.

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