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And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

21:6 wizards. Manasseh, despite his godly father, soon took up the abominable practices of his grandfather Ahaz and the kings of Israel (II Kings 16:3; 17:17). His father died when he was only twelve years old (II Kings 21:1) and evidently had devoted little time to Manasseh’s religious instruction. Nothing is known about his mother except her name, which means “My delight is in her,” a name perhaps indicating over-indulgent parents.”

21:6 much wickedness. Manasseh shed much “innocent blood” (II Kings 21:16) and, according to Jewish tradition, this may even have included the prophet Isaiah, who was supposed to have been “sawn asunder” (Hebrews 11:37).

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