After being captured by the Assyrians, Manasseh finally humbled himself before the Lord. Often we must be brought low to be brought back to God.

BibleGateway: 2 Chronicles 33:10-17

ESV Text: 2 Chronicles 33:10-17

2 Chronicles 33:10–17 (Listen)

Manasseh’s Repentance

10 The LORD spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. 11 Therefore the LORD brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. 12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

14 Afterward he built an outer wall for the city of David west of Gihon, in the valley, and for the entrance into the Fish Gate, and carried it around Ophel, and raised it to a very great height. He also put commanders of the army in all the fortified cities in Judah. 15 And he took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built on the mountain of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem, and he threw them outside of the city. 16 He also restored the altar of the LORD and offered on it sacrifices of peace offerings and of thanksgiving, and he commanded Judah to serve the LORD, the God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless, the people still sacrificed at the high places, but only to the LORD their God.

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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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 22:
Lord, When we Bend Before Thy Throne

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Lord, when we bend before Thy throne 
And our confessions pour, 
Teach us to feel the sins we own 
And hate what we deplore. 

2. Our broken spirit pitying see, 
True penitence impart; 
Then let a kindling glance from Thee 
Beam hope upon the heart. 

3. When our responsive tongues essay 
Their grateful hymns to raise, 
Grant that our souls may join the lay 
And mount to Thee in praise. 

4. When we disclose our wants in prayer, 
May we our wills resign 
And not a thought our bosom share 
That is not wholly Thine. 

5. May faith each meek petition fill 
And waft it to the skies; 
And teach our hearts ’tis goodness still 
That grants it or denies. 


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