Verses 1 to 9 of this chapter are fairly close copies of 2Kin. 21:1 to 21:9.
בֶּן־שְׁתֵּים עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה מְנַשֶּׁה בְמָלְכוֹ וַחֲמִשִּׁים וְחָמֵשׁ שָׁנָה מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם׃ 33:1
2Chr. 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years of age on his becoming king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.
וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה כְּתוֹעֲבוֹת הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִישׁ יְהוָה מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃ 33:2
2Chr. 33:2 And he did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord, like the abominations of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed from before the children of Israel.
וַיָּשָׁב וַיִּבֶן אֶת־הַבָּמוֹת אֲשֶׁר נִתַּץ יְחִזְקִיָּהוּ אָבִיו וַיָּקֶם מִזְבְּחוֹת לַבְּעָלִים וַיַּעַשׂ אֲשֵׁרוֹת וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ 33:3
לְכָל־צְבָא הַשָּׁמַיִם וַיַּעֲבֹד אֹתָם׃
2Chr. 33:3 And he turned back and rebuilt the high places that his father, Hezekiah, had thrown down and he raised up alters to the Baalim and made Asheroth and bowed down to all the host of heaven and served them.
וּבָנָה מִזְבְּחוֹת בְּבֵית יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר אָמַר יְהוָה בִּירוּשָׁלִַם יִהְיֶה־שְּׁמִי לְעוֹלָם׃ 33:4
2Chr. 33:4 He even would build altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “My name shall be in Jerusalem forever.”
וַיִּבֶן מִזְבְּחוֹת לְכָל־צְבָא הַשָּׁמָיִם בִּשְׁתֵּי חַצְרוֹת בֵּית־יְהוָה׃ 33:5
2Chr. 33:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in two of the courts of the house of the Lord.
וְהוּא הֶעֱבִיר אֶת־בָּנָיו בָּאֵשׁ בְּגֵי בֶן־הִנֹּם וְעוֹנֵן וְנִחֵשׁ וְכִשֵּׁף וְעָשָׂה אוֹב וְיִדְּעוֹנִי הִרְבָּה לַעֲשׂוֹת 33:6
הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה לְהַכְעִיסוֹ׃
2Chr. 33:6 And he made his children pass through fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and he would practice soothsaying and divination and witchcraft, even appointing necromancers and wizards. He multiplied doing what was evil in the eyes of the Lord, provoking Him.
[Return to 2Kin. 23:10]
וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת־פֶּסֶל הַסֶּמֶל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה בְּבֵית הָאֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר אָמַר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־דָּוִיד וְאֶל־שְׁלֹמֹה בְנוֹ 33:7
בַּבַּיִת הַזֶּה וּבִירוּשָׁלִַם אֲשֶׁר בָּחַרְתִּי מִכֹּל שִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אָשִׂים אֶת־שְׁמִי לְעֵילוֹם׃
2Chr. 33:7 And he placed the graven image of an idol that he 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 from all the tribes of Israel, I will set My name forever,
וְלֹא אוֹסִיף לְהָסִיר אֶת־רֶגֶל יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵעַל הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱמַדְתִּי לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם רַק אִם־יִשְׁמְרוּ 33:8
לַעֲשׂוֹת אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִים לְכָל־הַתּוֹרָה וְהַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה׃
2Chr. 33:8 and I will never again be removing the foot of Israel from the ground that I established for your ancestors, if only they would guard to observe all that I commanded them regarding the entire Torah and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.”
וַיֶּתַע מְנַשֶּׁה אֶת־יְהוּדָה וְיֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם לַעֲשׂוֹת רָע מִן־הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הִשְׁמִיד יְהוָה מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃ 33:9
2Chr. 33:9 And Manasseh made Judah to stray, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to do more evil than the nations that the Lord had destroyed from before the children of Israel.
וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל־מְנַשֶּׁה וְאֶל־עַמּוֹ וְלֹא הִקְשִׁיבוּ׃ 33:10
2Chr. 33:10 And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention.
Most of verses 33:10 to 33:17 are quite different from the respective verses of 2Kings Chapter 21.
וַיָּבֵא יְהוָה עֲלֵיהֶם אֶת־שָׂרֵי הַצָּבָא אֲשֶׁר לְמֶלֶךְ אַשּׁוּר וַיִּלְכְּדוּ אֶת־מְנַשֶּׁה בַּחֹחִים וַיַּאַסְרֻהוּ 33:11
בַּנְחֻשְׁתַּיִם וַיּוֹלִיכֻהוּ בָּבֶלָה׃
2Chr. 33:11 Then the Lord brought the captains of the host who belonged to the king of Assyria upon them, and they took Manasseh with hooks and bound him in chains and carried him off to Babylon.
וּכְהָצֵר לוֹ חִלָּה אֶת־פְּנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו וַיִּכָּנַע מְאֹד מִלִּפְנֵי אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתָיו׃ 33:12
2Chr. 33:12 And at his distress he entreated the presence of the Lord, his God, and humbled himself greatly from before the God of his ancestors.
וַיִּתְפַּלֵּל אֵלָיו וַיֵּעָתֶר לוֹ וַיִּשְׁמַע תְּחִנָּתוֹ וַיְשִׁיבֵהוּ יְרוּשָׁלִַם לְמַלְכוּתוֹ וַיֵּדַע מְנַשֶּׁה כִּי יְהוָה הוּא 33:13
2Chr. 33:13 And he prayed to Him and made entreaty to Him, and He heard his supplication and brought him back to Jerusalem to his kingdom, that Manasseh would know that the Lord, He, was God.
וְאַחֲרֵי־כֵן בָּנָה חוֹמָה חִיצוֹנָה לְעִיר־דָּוִיד מַעְרָבָה לְגִיחוֹן בַּנַּחַל וְלָבוֹא בְשַׁעַר הַדָּגִים וְסָבַב לָעֹפֶל 33:14
וַיַּגְבִּיהֶהָ מְאֹד וַיָּשֶׂם שָׂרֵי־חַיִל בְּכָל־הֶעָרִים הַבְּצֻרוֹת בִּיהוּדָה׃
2Chr. 33:14 Then after this he built an outer wall to the city of David west of Gihon in the valley and coming to the fish gate and turning about to the Ophel, and he made it very high, and he put captains of the army in all the fortified cities throughout Judah.
וַיָּסַר אֶת־אֱלֹהֵי הַנֵּכָר וְאֶת־הַסֶּמֶל מִבֵּית יְהוָה וְכָל־הַמִּזְבְּחוֹת אֲשֶׁר בָּנָה בְּהַר בֵּית־יְהוָה 33:15
וּבִירוּשָׁלִָם וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ חוּצָה לָעִיר׃
2Chr. 33:15 And he removed the gods of the foreigner and the idol from the house of the Lord and all the altars that he had built on the mount of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem and he cast outside of the city.
וַיָּכֶן) [וַיִּבֶן] אֶת־מִזְבַּח יְהוָה וַיִּזְבַּח עָלָיו זִבְחֵי שְׁלָמִים וְתֹודָה וַיֹּאמֶר לִיהוּדָה לַעֲבֹוד אֶת־יְהוָה 33:16
2Chr. 33:16 And he rebuilt the altar of the Lord, and offered sacrifices of peace offerings and of thanksgiving on it, and said to Judah to serve the Lord, God of Israel.
The first word, that before the left parenthesis, is assumed to be misspelled. However, the possibility exists that the word is correct. As it stands it can be translated to mean and he reestablished (the altar). But the word in the brackets, which replaces the caph with a beth, seems more correct, as its meaning is as translated, and he rebuilt.
אֲבָל עוֹד הָעָם זֹבְחִים בַּבָּמוֹת רַק לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם׃ 33:17
2Chr. 33:17 However, the people were still sacrificing at the high places, but only to the Lord, their God.
וְיֶתֶר דִּבְרֵי מְנַשֶּׁה וּתְפִלָּתוֹ אֶל־אֱלֹהָיו וְדִבְרֵי הַחֹזִים הַמְדַבְּרִים אֵלָיו בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל 33:18
הִנָּם עַל־דִּבְרֵי מַלְכֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃
2Chr. 33:18 And the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who had been speaking to him in the name of the Lord, God of Israel, behold, they are with the acts of the kings of Israel.
This verse is similar to 2Kin. 21:17, except that there the verse ends with the words the kings of Judah instead of the kings of Israel.
וּתְפִלָּתֹו וְהֵעָתֶר־לֹו וְכָל־חַטָּאתֹו וּמַעְלֹו וְהַמְּקֹמֹות אֲשֶׁר בָּנָה בָהֶם בָּמֹות וְהֶעֱמִיד הָאֲשֵׁרִים 33:19
וְהַפְּסִלִים לִפְנֵי הִכָּנְעֹו הִנָּם כְּתוּבִים עַל דִּבְרֵי חֹוזָי׃
2Chr. 33:19 And his prayer and his entreaty and his every sin and his transgression and the places which he had built in the high places and set up the Asherim and the graven images before his humbling himself, behold, they are recorded with the words of the seer.
וַיִּשְׁכַּב מְנַשֶּׁה עִם־אֲבֹתָיו וַיִּקְבְּרֻהוּ בֵּיתוֹ וַיִּמְלֹךְ אָמוֹן בְּנוֹ תַּחְתָּיו׃ 33:20
2Chr. 33:20 And Manasseh slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in his house, and his son, Amon, became king in his place.
This verse is similar to 2Kin. 21:18.
בֶּן־עֶשְׂרִים וּשְׁתַּיִם שָׁנָה אָמוֹן בְּמָלְכוֹ וּשְׁתַּיִם שָׁנִים מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם׃ 33:21
2Chr. 33:21 Amon was twenty-two years of age on his becoming king in Jerusalem,
This verse is similar to 2Kin. 21:19, but doesn’t include all the information that is found there. The next two verses, 33:22 and 23, are variations of 2Kin. 21:21 and 22.
וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה כַּאֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה מְנַשֶּׁה אָבִיו וּלְכָל־הַפְּסִילִים אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה מְנַשֶּׁה אָבִיו זִבַּח 33:22
2Chr. 33:22 and he did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord as Manasseh, his father, had done, and Amon sacrificed to all the graven images that Manasseh, his father, had made, and he served them.
וְלֹא נִכְנַע מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָה כְּהִכָּנַע מְנַשֶּׁה אָבִיו כִּי הוּא אָמוֹן הִרְבָּה אַשְׁמָה׃ 33:23
2Chr. 33:23 But he did not humble himself from before the Lord as Manasseh, his father, had humbled himself, but rather he, Amon, multiplied guilt.
וַיִּקְשְׁרוּ עָלָיו עֲבָדָיו וַיְמִיתֻהוּ בְּבֵיתוֹ׃ 33:24
2Chr. 33:24 And his servants conspired against him, and they killed him in his house.
This verse and the next are similar to 2Kin. 21:23 and 24.
וַיַּכּוּ עַם־הָאָרֶץ אֵת כָּל־הַקֹּשְׁרִים עַל־הַמֶּלֶךְ אָמוֹן וַיַּמְלִיכוּ עַם־הָאָרֶץ אֶת־יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ בְנוֹ תַּחְתָּיו׃ 33:25
2Chr. 33:25 Then the people of the land slew all the conspirators against the king, Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah, his son, king in his place.
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