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Prayer of Manasseh

By Vexen Crabtree 2012


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Eastern Orthodox Bibles
Title: Prayer of Manasseh
Section: Wisdom

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Chapters in Prayer of Manasseh:
Total verses: 15

Jewish in origin, this purports to be the prayer of Judah's king, Manasseh, whilst he was in captivity1, although exactly how it came to be in this written form is unreported, and there is no history of this prayer in Judaism2; in some versions of the Bible based on the Septuagint, it is appended to the end of Psalms whereas in others it comes at the end of 2 Chronicles2. Most traditions do not accept this text as a legitimate part of the Bible2. The content of the prayer is, "most probably, the attempt of some pious Jew of later times to reproduce it"2

Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, ruled Judah, and this reign is described in 2 Chronicles 13. "He was a worshipper of Baal and other idols, and heavily involved in occult practices. He was captured by the Assyrians and in his affliction prayed to the God of his fathers for release. God heard him and Manasseh was released, subsequently restoring the worship of God to Judah"1.

1. The text contents of Prayer of Manasseh (15 verses)