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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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

33:11 Manasseh. Manasseh’s name has been found by archaeologists as listed among the kings who had been placed in servitude to the king of Assyria.

33:11 bound him with fetters. The word “fetters” is actually the word for “brass” or “bronze.” Whether Manasseh’s brass fetters consisted of chains or hooks is not known. Engravings found by archaeologists show that one of the practices of the cruel Assyrians was to lead captives leaders by means of hooks in their noses. Compare II Kings 19:28, where the Assyrian king himself is threatened with divine judgment analogous to this despicable practice of theirs.

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