The Prayer of Manasseh

Prayer of repentance ascribed to a Judean king notorious for his idolatry.

Manasseh is remembered as one of the worst kings of Judah because of his worship of foreign gods (2 Kings 21:1-18). According to 2 Chronicles 33:10-17, however, Manasseh was said to have been taken captive by the Assyrians. Manasseh is said to have repented while in prison, and the book known as the Prayer of Manasseh gives an account of his prayer. The king praises God, confesses his sin, requests mercy, and then praises God again. Chronicles says that Manasseh was eventually restored to his throne and that he undertook reforms, showing that God heeds those who repent.


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