2 Kings Chapter 21

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2 Kings 21

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah.

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

For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which theLord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name.

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

And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of theLord, to provoke him to anger.

And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:

Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them.

But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel.

10 And the Lord spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:

12 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.

13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.

14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;

15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and all that he did, and his sin that he sinned, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

18 And Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.

19 Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.

20 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh did.

21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them:

22 And he forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the Lord.

23 And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew the king in his own house.

24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.

25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

26 And he was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza: and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.

29 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 21

  1. Garden Of Uzza

    Most of the early king burials mentioned in Scripture happen in the City of David. Perhaps the burial grounds where all full since vs16 “Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another” It’s possible that the mention of a new burial place is in order to degrade the kings who were considered evil enough to be associated with that particular tomb. Unfortunately these burials might actually be at a sacred pagan worship garden rather than some pleasure garden. In fact in Isaiah 65:3-5 pagan worshippers were burning sacrifices in gardens and tomb areas. These worship practices were common in the middle east in that period of time. Consider Eze 43: 7″..shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. 8In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger. 9Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.”

    The Divine dud, dud, goose record Shows Hezekiah= Godly ..but there’s no mention as to the location of his burial place ‘here’ but in 2 Chr 32:33 Hezekiah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the chiefest of the sepulchres of the sons of David”.but.. Manasseh=Evil Amon= Evil Josiah= Godly ..Josiah’s reformation comes one of the things he does is to knock down all these groves and high places. So again it reinforces the idea that this Garden of Uzza is simply a place for false worship and evil with a burial place considered unclean. With a counterfiet mind they may have concieved that this garden should be a man-made blissful Eden, or that they were going to rest in paradise, after all the prophecy was for Jerusalem’s future vs 13.. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.” The point is these men where so vile to affect a whole nation, in order to reciceve a seperate place of burial.

  2. Two more generations that get worse and worse as they backslide away from God. Wo unto us if we do not set good examples for the next generation to follow.

  3. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    THE BIRTH OF KING PAGAN

    1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah.

    Manasseh was 12 years old when he started to reign as king. In the last chapter we learned that Hezekiah gained an extra 15 years of life. Hezekiah seems to have made very bad decisions after his great miracle. It is possible that God was going to remove him to protect the future … BUT HE DIDNT WANT TO DIE, therefore KING PAGAN WAS BORN.

    • Good insight. God always knows better than us. It is better for us to pray for his will instead of our own.-Nicole

  4. Do not kill the innocent!!!!!!

    16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

    Proverbs 6:16-19

    16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

    17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

    19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

    Be very careful what you do for it is not good to anger God. The wagers of sin is DEATH (complete and definite separation from God)

  5. Idols
    Exodus 20:3 KJV: Thou shalt have no other gods before me

    Be careful what you are worshipping, Your idol can be anything that you put before God. Remember give Jesus your first. We are raising the next generation and we have to be careful what we say and how we handle trails.

  6. This chapter illustrates comparable. The king did evil and as such the people did likewise, which the Word says it provoked the Lord to anger. One must merely read this chapter, and then the news today to see the resemblance. Therefore the time is at hand where all must pray and do that which is right in the sight of the Lord so as not to provoke the Lord to anger. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  7. v24 And the people of the land slew all them that had conspired against king Amon; and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his stead.

    Finally light that the end of the tunnel.
    GOD IS FAITHFUL! The people chose a king of the true lineage of king David.
    GOD’S people have always had something to show them the way.
    Thank you JESUS for your love mercy and grace.
    iPray
    iPraise

  8. Most children will follow their parents beliefs, actions etc. When Manasseh put other people and things before God the Lord became mad. And when Mannasseh no longer reigned his son Amon took throne. Being raised with the belief that God wasn’t important, which led to him being killed. If those men were to have put God first and have no other thing before Him, they could have saved more souls for Him. As children of God we need to put God first above everything! Make the commitment to God and see how much God will do for you.

  9. WHEN JUDGEMENT ARRIVES

    12 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.
    13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.
    14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;
    15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

    Repeatedly we witness the sins of Leadership and the results that it has on each generation. The children suffer and pay for the sins of their fathers.

    However in this chapter, all of the commitment, hard work and sacrifice of Hezekiah is thrown to the wind by his son and the LORD GOD of Israel had seen enough. It may seem at times that people are “getting by” with certain sins and lifestyles, however be not dismayed or confused by the PAUSE of GOD. This PAUSE is HIS grace or space for repentance to us.

    I pray todays chapter would instruct each of us to examine our lives and see if there are any idols set up in our lives, homes or church. I hope to be covered by the GRACE of GOD when judgement arrives.

    iPray
    iWork
    iGive

  10. Michael-the king praised false gods. He died and he was being bad just like his father. The people killed him because he deserved punishment. Josiah was the new king.

    Joseph-The people cut his neck and then chocked him. They killed him because he was a bad king.

    Olivia-The king was a man.

    Nicole-For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. (2 Kings 21:3-6 KJV)

    Menessah had a good example through his father. His father even took away all the things that he brought forth. This goes to show that things can be cleaned and you can be living well for God and then everything can change in an instant. New friends, jobs, or circumstances can cause you to do worse than you did in the first place. The new testament also tells us of the evil returning.

    Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. (Matthew 12:38-45 KJV)

    This means that we need to be ever vigilant in the filling of ourselves with God and the word of God. The people in 2 Kings 21did not choose to fill themselves with the Lord. They were easily deceived and turned from God to worshiping idols of the land.

    Lord help us all to guard our hearts and to be filled with you so that nothing else can come in in your place. Amen

  11. NLT 7 Manasseh even made a carved image of Asherah and set it up in the Temple, the very place where the Lord had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel.

    Not only did Manasseh do evil in the Lord’s sight, but had the nerve to build a symbol of a pagan god in the Temple. He had no fear of the Lord, did not honor or respect the Lord. This is like telling God, “I’m testing you, their is nothing you can do about. I have power and have the authority to do my will”.

    God can so easily remove you from your position. Its a choice you decide to make. God let me always honor and respect you, and recognize you are in control of all things.

  12. ILove to eat lunch with Jesus

    One bad kid

    9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel.

    I’m thinking this young man missed out on some very important spankings in life…and so now the whole nation of Israel is going to receive one…

  13. Mannasseh reigned from a worldy attitude. It is apparent that the lifestyle of Hezekiah his father (when he was doing right in the sight of the Lord) was not ingrained into his children. This is why it is so important as fathers that you lead your children in developing that relationship with God. Make them accountable for bible reading, church attendance, prayer etc. Do be a “don’t do as I do, but do as I say” parent. Let them see your example. Let them hear it in your words, see it in your actions. Teach them and train them while you have quality time with them that it becomes a lifestyle for them that they learn to love so when they are grown and out of your house, they will continue in the lifestyle that they love.

  14. Just reading this chapter can obviously show how important it is for parents to show their children what is right. It is also equally as important for children to realize the blessing they have when they have parents in the church and to obey them as God commands; otherwise generation after generation will continue to fall deeper into evil as Mannasseh and his sons did.

  15. Hezekiah lived a good godly life before his family and yet his son Manasseh did evil-even greater evil than all those before him that did evil. But in the last Chapter, Hezekiah’s judgement for showing the treasures of Isreal to the King of Babylon was this:

    16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.

    17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith theLord.

    18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

    But God didn’t put this judgement into motion immediately-Manasseh rules his entire life. He had the chance to redeem his people from the coming judgement. Sadly, this King seals their fate by all the evil he did including the shedding of innocent blood in his own kingdom

  16. Pray against generational curses

    2 Kings 20:16-19
    16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord.

    17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith theLord.

    18 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

    19 Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of theLord which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

    In Chapter 20 we learn of what was to come for the future of Hezekiah’s family. And now in today’s chapter we see evil begin to take place. It makes me think of my own family. Is there a great great grandmother or great great grandfather that cause a curse to the family? I want to pray that off of the family. It may have been fulling engaged but Unitl Now the curse is up rooted! Until Now my family and church family is free from the curses of pasts failures of generations and evil that may have been spoken into the atmosphere. We Are Blessed!

  17. God is a merciful God. He allowed Mannesah to reign 55 years. He was an evil king who turned all the people from Holy living. But in the end not only will he be judged but but also Judah and Israel!. We must always stay focused in the word so we are not deceived by man!

  18. Yes, we know that king Manasseh was a very wicked king, and he rebelled against the very nature of God. So much so, that the Lord finally has said that he’s had enough.

    I have 2 questions that I would like to ask though. 1). What does a 12 year old know about leading a nation? and 2). Who were his Leaders, Teachers, and Examples to follow?

    Proverbs 22: 6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

    This made me realize what a responsibility we have as the people of God to train our children and Sunday school children in the ways of God. Let’s be the best disciple we can be for Jesus Christ. Let’s Lead, Teach, and be an Example to the children.

    2 Timothy 3:14-15 says, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

  19. its time to break the chain of generational curses. we no longer have to believe in certain things that our elders did.these kings did evil as their fathers did, did they not realize they were making God mad or did they just not care? that is why pastor always wants us to bring our bible so when he goes to the Word we can follow and know for ourself. i have been to churches where the pastor wasnt concerned if you brought your bible or not, i thank God for the man of God that is teaching and preaching the word. if he wasnt sent by God he would never mention bringing our bible to ensure that he is coming from the word. thanks pastor for being a man of God after His Heart.

  20. Once we lose sight of the will of God and decide that our way is the “better” way and think; standards aren’t necessary prayer isn’t necessary and reading the word isn’t necessary and start feeling like we don’t need a spiritual leader I can do it on my own. We start falling and doing the things of the world and the younger children see us doing all this rebellion so they think that’s what they should be doing and they think it’s right.

    Don’t fall into the ways of the world let the generation after you be blessed and favored, not cursed.

  21. And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and
    deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;

    Because of their sin God allowed them to become the prey of their enemies.

  22. Manasseh and Amon chose to do that which was evil in the sight of the Lord. Manasseh could have done right like Hezekiah but chose to follow after the ways of the world.

    The devil has always been up to the same tricks. In fact there has been no change in his tactics for thousands of years.

    The Bible says that we are not ignorant of his devices.

    We could think that this is 2012 and things are worse today than they ever have been. The truth is that entertainment, temptation, seduction, addiction, idolatry, and carnality were around at Manasseh’s time, and is around today.

    With God all things are possible. As long as we walk with the Lord we can be sure that he will help us overcome the entrapments of the enemy.

  23. 9 But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the children of Israel.

    11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:

    Babylon Seduces Judah

    Sin will defile your praise and it will be a strong stench in the nostrils of God instead of a sweet fragrance. Sin uses seducution to tempt the believer but we must be steadfast and sure in the faith, firmly planted upon the word of God, fleeing every temptation. Sin is a seductress that will leave you empty and broken or worse, assassinated. We cannot let sin steal our praise and worship!

  24. This chapter shows how opposite King Manasseh was to his father King Hezekiah, Manasseh angered the Lord by worshipping other idols. He killed so many innocent people for no reason. He had no love for God, but the Lord detested disobedience.

    Lord help me follow your commands no matter what.

  25. 22 And he forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and walked not in the way of the Lord.

    Always look to God. He will always direct you.

  26. Hephzibah & Manasseh

    1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzibah.

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

    Hephzi-bah = “my delight is in her”

    Manasseh = “causing to forget”

    You [Judah] shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more. But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord].  For as a young man marries a virgin [O Jerusalem], so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:4, 5 AMP)

    Hezekiah started well, he faced the reality of death and in a sense was “not forsaken” of God. During his time of extended life, he and queen Hephzibah (not forsaken, my delight is in her) have a child, Manasseh (causing to forget.) It was seemingly a time of forgetting former pain and delighting in new blessing and life. Yet somewhere in the forgetting, it seems God was forgotten. Decisions were made and now Manasseh seemed all about forgetting God and delighting in sin. We must be careful that we do not backslide in the midst of our blessing.

  27. It is so sad to see in this chapter how Manasseh led the people off the beaten path into practices of evil even exceeding the evil of the pagan nations that God had earlier destroyed. God help us to stay focused on you and not let anything or anybody lead us off your path. Reminds me of this song:

    Though my way may get rough sometimes,
    No, I won’t turn back.
    My heart is fixed, I got a made up mind,
    No, I won’t turn back.

    I once was lost, but now I’m saved by grace,
    No, I won’t turn back.
    Sometimes my way may get too rough,
    No, I won’t turn back.

    With God on my side,
    He’s there to be my guide,
    He’ll never leave me alone,
    He’ll keep from all harm.

    No, I won’t turn back.
    No, no, no, I won’t turn back.

  28. All of the evil commited by the leaders, God was not happy with. What leaders do affect those who are under them. It’s wise to follow the counsel of God always.

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