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of the son of Hinnom; also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards : he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
7 * And he set a carved image (the idol which he had made) in the, house of God, of which God had said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
8 Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers ; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law, and the statutes, and the ordinances, by the hand of Moses.
9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
10 1 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people ; but they would not hearken.
B. C. 660.
2 KINGS, XXI. 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, besides his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.
2 CHRONICLES, XXXII. 11 T Wherefore the LORD brought upon him the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
13 And prayed unto him; and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.
* B. C. 685.
14 * Now after this he built a wall without the city of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.
15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.
16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace-offerings and thank-offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.
17 Nevertheless, the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only.
2 KINGS, XXI.
B. C. 644. 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 Jothah.
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 ways 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 + 1 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.
26 And he was buried in his sepulchre, in the garden of Uzza : and Josiah his son reigned in his stead.
2 KINGS, xx11. Josiah's good reign: he provideth for the repair of the temple.
Hilkiah findeth the book of the law. Huldah's prophecy. 1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem : and his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
2 CHRONICLES, XXXIV.
B. C. 634. 3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: I and in the
* B. C. 650.
| B. C. 642.
| B. C. 630.
twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence : and the images that were on high above them he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.
5 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.
6 And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about
7 And when he had troken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
B. C. 629.
JEREMIAH, I. The calling of Jeremiah : his vision : his message against Judah :
God promiseth to assist him. i The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth, in the land of Benjamin :
2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
*6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child.
7 | But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child : for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth : and the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations, and over the kingdoins, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
11 | Moreover, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. · 12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen : for I will hasten my word to perform it.
13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou ? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.
14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall sit every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.
16 And I will utter my judgments against them, touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
19 And they shall fight against thee ; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.
B. C. 628. God's expostulation with the Jews touching their causeless
revolt. 1 Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remeinber thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the first fruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD.
4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel :
5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain ?
6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?
7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof, and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD ? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children will I plead.
10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing :
11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods ? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
12 Be astonished, 0 ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
14 I Is Israel a servant ? , Is he a homeborn slave? Why is he spoiled ? * 15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste : his cities are burned without inhabitant.
16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head..
17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?
18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor ? Or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river ?
19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee; and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord Gop of hosts.
20 || For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands : and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill, and under every green tree, thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed : how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me ?
22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.
23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim ? See thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done : thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways:
24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure ; in her occasion who can turn her away? All they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her mouth they shall find her,
25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope : no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,
27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? Let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble : for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, 0 Judah.
29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? Ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.