Manasseh's heinous sins: evil rampant
When Hezekiah died at the
age of fifty-four, his son was but twelve years old.
Beguiled himself, Manasseh seduced the people, who were
but too willing to commit greater iniquity than the
nations who knew not God.
The particular events of
Manasseh's life are not related here. The Holy Ghost,
having given us the details, in that which precedes, of
God's public government in Israel, until He had said,
"Lo-ruhamah," then shews us God's dealings with
Judah, governed by the conduct of their kings, until God
has said, "Lo-ammi." This had been already
announced on account of Manasseh's heinous sins; and
Josiah's piety could not change the just judgment of God.
There was yet for Judah some prolongation of tranquillity;
but their repentance under Josiah was but outward , and evil regained the mastery
immediately after his death. Amon did but follow the evil
ways of his father Manasseh.
 See Jeremiah 3:
10. This passage teaches us how seldom the heart, which
is what God judges, corresponds with the semblance of
zeal for Him and for His glory, which appears on the
surface, when, moved by the Spirit of God, a man of faith
presents himself to promote His glory. See also under
Hezekiah's reign the condition of the people and God's