What mercy! The Lord hears Manasseh’s prayer.

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 33:10-20

ESV Text: 2 Chronicles 33:10-20


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 33 10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. 11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them 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. 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. 18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel. 19 His prayer also, and how God was entreated of him, and all his sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers. 20 So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 583:
Great King of Nations, Hear our Prayer

— Organ Audio

1. Great King of nations, hear our prayer 
While at Thy feet we fall 
And humbly with united cry 
To Thee for mercy call. 
The guilt is ours, but grace is Thine; 
Oh, turn us not away, 
But hear us from Thy lofty throne 
And help us when we pray. 

2. Our fathers’ sins were manifold, 
And ours no less we own; 
Yet wondrously from age to age 
Thy goodness hath been shown. 
When dangers, like a stormy sea, 
Beset our country round, 
To Thee we looked, to Thee we cried, 
And help in Thee was found. 

3. With one consent we meekly bow 
Beneath Thy chast’ning hand 
And, pouring forth confession meet, 
Mourn with our mourning land. 
With pitying eye behold our need 
As thus we lift our prayer; 
Correct us with Thy judgments, Lord, 
Then let Thy mercy spare. 


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