“King Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign. He reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh. He followed the abominable practices of the nations whom Yahweh drove out before the people of Israel. He rebuilt the high places that his father King Hezekiah had pulled down. He erected altars for the Baals. He made sacred poles. He worshiped all the host of heaven. He served them.”
This is based on 2 Kings, chapter 21, almost word for word. This new young king was named after the tribe of Manasseh. His mother is not named here as she was in 2 Kings. As he was only 12, she might have had some role in his rule. He ruled for over 55 years, one of the longest reigns of any of these kings. That would make him 67 when he died. After the wonderful King Hezekiah, his son King Manasseh was one of the worst kings in the sight of Yahweh. King Hezekiah ruled for nearly 30 years. You would think that he would have made a better imprint on the country and his son. For some reason this bad King Manasseh gets to rule for such a long time in Jerusalem. He followed the practices of the people who were driven out of Israel. The monotheistic Yahweh worship suffered a setback during his rule as king. He undid all the work of his father. He rebuilt all the high places and erected altars for the Baals. He seemed to follow the terrible kings of Israel with the sacred poles. He worshiped many gods.