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Forgiven Monarch

Of all the kings of Judah, few were so offensive to God as Manasseh, son of King Hezekiah. “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

By Pat Mudgett

Manasseh’s feet burned from the stones and hot sand sifting into his sandals, and the ropes tore into his wrists as he struggled to maintain his balance against the compulsion of the barb that pierced his nose. Like so many conquered kings before him, Manasseh offered no resistance as his Assyrian captors marched him through the gates of the capital to the cheers of an admiring crowd. Judah’s king was the big prize among their human cargo.

Once in the court, he listened as the king’s attendant announced the entry of King Ashurbanipal: “The great king, the legitimate king, the king of the world, king of Assyria, king of all the four rims of the earth, king of kings,” and the next words gripped his heart with a wave of fear, “prince without rival, who rules from the Upper Sea to the Lower Sea.”1

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  1. World Book Encyclopedia (1986), s.v. “Assyria.”

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About the author

Pat Mudgett is a freelance writer from Berkley Springs, West Virginia.