Manasseh, Evil King of Judah

The LORD said through his servants the prophets: “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. Therefore 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. I 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. I 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; they have done evil in my eyes and have aroused my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day.” 2 Kings 21:10-15

This is not the type of scripture verses you want to see, God will not let sin reign. Manasseh’s father, King Hezekiah ruled for 29 years, following God and leading the people of Judah back to the Lord. Manasseh proved to be the opposite of his father, leading Judah into sin with his idols and worship of them. Even though Manasseh reigned a long time, 55 years, he did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Manasseh was one of the most evil kings of Judah. God’s judgment of Manasseh’s sin brought about the downfall of Judah and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple. But God was slow to anger, giving Manasseh a long time to turn to God. But he wouldn’t turn bringing God to carry out His judgment.