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After being captured by the Assyrians, Manasseh finally humbled himself before the Lord. Often we must be brought low to be brought back to God.

BibleGateway: 2 Chronicles 33:10-17

ESV Text: 2 Chronicles 33:10-17

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:41 and ends at about 3:9

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10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.

     11 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. 12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 And prayed unto him: and he was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God. 14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah. 15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. 16 And he repaired the altar of the LORD, and sacrificed thereon peace offerings and thank offerings, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless the people did sacrifice still in the high places, yet unto the LORD their God only.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 22:
Lord, When we Bend Before Thy Throne

— Organ Audio

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1. Lord, when we bend before Thy throne 
And our confessions pour, 
Teach us to feel the sins we own 
And hate what we deplore. 

2. Our broken spirit pitying see, 
True penitence impart; 
Then let a kindling glance from Thee 
Beam hope upon the heart. 

3. When our responsive tongues essay 
Their grateful hymns to raise, 
Grant that our souls may join the lay 
And mount to Thee in praise. 

4. When we disclose our wants in prayer, 
May we our wills resign 
And not a thought our bosom share 
That is not wholly Thine. 

5. May faith each meek petition fill 
And waft it to the skies; 
And teach our hearts ’tis goodness still 
That grants it or denies.