MANASSEH AND AMON, KINGS OF JUDAH
HEZEKIAH dies after he had reigned twenty-nine years, and he was succeeded by his son Manasseh.
But Manasseh, instead of following in the footsteps of Hezekiah, abandoned
 to all the wicked practices of those kings of Israel whom God had exterminated. Therefore God
allowed the king of Babylon and Chaldea to invade Judea with a mighty army and lay waste the
country. And Manasseh himself was brought captive to Babylon. Then it was that Manasseh
repented of his sin and turned to God, praying Him to render his enemy humane and merciful.
God heard his prayer, and granted him what he prayed for. For Manasseh was released by the
king of Babylon and returned to Jerusalem.
He showed that his repentance was sincere, for he turned from all false worships, consecrated the
temple anew, and re-established the sacrifices according to the law of Moses. But when he died,
his son Amon, who succeeded to the throne, imitated only the youthful wickedness of his father,
and it was not long before he reaped his reward. For he had reigned only two years when he was
slain by a conspiracy of his own servants.
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