Manasseh King of Judah
1Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. 3He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. 4He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.” 5In the two courts of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts. 6He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.
7He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the Lord had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. 8I will not again make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I gave their ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them and will keep the whole Law that my servant Moses gave them.” 9But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.
10The Lord said through his servants the prophets: 11“Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols. 12Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 13I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance and give them into the hands of enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their enemies; 15they have done evil in my eyes and have aroused my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day.”
16Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end—besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
17As for the other events of Manasseh’s reign, and all he did, including the sin he committed, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 18Manasseh rested with his ancestors and was buried in his palace garden, the garden of Uzza. And Amon his son succeeded him as king.
Amon King of Judah
19Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah. 20He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done. 21He followed completely the ways of his father, worshiping the idols his father had worshiped, and bowing down to them. 22He forsook the Lord, the God of his ancestors, and did not walk in obedience to him.
23Amon’s officials conspired against him and assassinated the king in his palace. 24Then the people of the land killed all who had plotted against King Amon, and they made Josiah his son king in his place.
25As for the other events of Amon’s reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 26He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza. And Josiah his son succeeded him as king.
1玛拿西十二岁登基，在耶路撒冷执政五十五年。他母亲叫谢西芭。 2他做耶和华视为恶的事，效法耶和华在以色列人面前赶走的外族人的可憎行径。 3他重建他父亲希西迦拆毁的丘坛，效法以色列王亚哈为巴力筑造祭坛，制造亚舍拉神像，并且祭拜和供奉天上的万象。 4耶和华曾指着祂的殿说：“我的名必在耶路撒冷”，而他却在耶和华的殿内建造异教的祭坛。 5他在耶和华殿的两个院子里建造祭拜天上万象的祭坛； 6他烧死自己的儿子，献作祭物；他行邪术，占卜，求问灵媒和巫师，做了许多耶和华视为恶的事，惹耶和华发怒。 7他雕刻亚舍拉神像，放在耶和华的殿中。关于这殿，耶和华曾对大卫和他儿子所罗门说：“我从以色列各支派中选择了耶路撒冷和这殿，我的名要在这里永远受尊崇。 8只要以色列人谨遵我对他们的一切吩咐和我仆人摩西交给他们的律法，我就不再把他们从我赐给他们祖先的土地上赶走。” 9可是以色列人不肯听从。玛拿西诱使他们作恶，比耶和华在以色列人面前所毁灭的各族更严重。 10于是，耶和华借着祂的仆人——众先知宣告： 11“玛拿西王做的这些可憎之事，比以前住在这里的亚摩利人更严重，使犹大人祭拜偶像，陷入罪中。 12所以，以色列的上帝耶和华要在耶路撒冷和犹大降下大灾难，凡听见这事的人都必耳鸣。 13我要像惩罚撒玛利亚和亚哈家一样惩罚耶路撒冷。我要洁净耶路撒冷，就像人擦净盘子后倒扣过来。 14我要撇弃我残存的子民，把他们交给敌人，任其掳掠。 15因为从他们祖先离开埃及那天起直到今天，他们一直做我视为恶的事，惹我发怒。” 16玛拿西不仅使犹大人犯罪，做耶和华视为恶的事，还滥杀无辜，使耶路撒冷血流遍地。 17玛拿西其他的事及其一切所作所为都记在犹大的列王史上。 18他与祖先同眠后，葬在他王宫的花园。即乌撒花园，他儿子亚们继位。
19亚们二十二岁登基，在耶路撒冷执政两年。他母亲叫米舒利密，是约提巴人哈鲁斯的女儿。 20他效法他父亲玛拿西做耶和华视为恶的事， 21步他父亲的后尘，祭拜和供奉同样的偶像。 22他背弃他祖先的上帝耶和华，没有遵行耶和华的教导。 23他的臣仆谋反，在王宫里杀了他。 24民众杀死那些背叛亚们王的人，立他儿子约西亚为王。 25亚们其他的事及其一切所作所为都记在犹大的列王史上。 26他死后，葬在乌撒花园内他的坟墓里，他儿子约西亚继位。