The reign of King Amon (2 Chr 33:21-33:25)

“King Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign. He reigned two years in Jerusalem. He did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh, as his father King Manasseh had done. King Amon sacrificed to all the images that King Manasseh his father had made. He served them. He did not humble himself before Yahweh, as his father King Manasseh had humbled himself. King Amon incurred more and more guilt. His servants conspired against him. They killed him in his house. However, the people of the land killed all those who had conspired against King Amon. The people of the land made his son Josiah king to succeed him.”

This is loosely based on 2 Kings, chapter 21. King Amon was young, 22 years old, when he began to rule Judah. However, he only lasted 2 years. There is no mention of his mother here like in 2 Kings. He, like his father King Manasseh, served and worshipped idols. He abandoned Yahweh and did not walk in the ways of Yahweh. However, unlike his father, he never humbled himself, repented, and asked Yahweh for forgiveness. Once again, there is no explanation of why this uprising and conspiracy took place. There is not a hint that Yahweh was responsible one way or another. It just happened. However, this was not popular so that the king’s servants were also killed by the people of the land.   They took his young son Josiah and made him king since King Amon was only 24 years old when he died. However, there is no mention of the lost “Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah,” or that he was buried with his father, King Manasseh, in their palace garden, as there was in 2 Kings.

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