Yet those evil times were not without witnesses for God and the right. The trying experiences through which Judah had safely passed during Hezekiah's reign had developed, in the hearts of many, a sturdiness of character that now served as a bulwark against the prevailing iniquity. Their testimony in behalf of truth and righteousness aroused the anger of Manasseh and his associates in authority, who 382 endeavored to establish themselves in evil-doing by silencing every voice of disapproval. "Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another." 2 Kings 21:16.


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Manasse og Josias

Men selv i disse onde tider havde Guds og retfærdighedens sag sine talsmænd. De vanskeligheder, som Juda var kommet frelst igennem under kong Ezekias, havde givet mange en karakterstyrke, som var et værn for dem under den herskende lovløshed. De talte sandhedens og retfærdighedens sag, men vakte derved Manasses og hans øverste embedsmænds vrede, for disse tålte ingen kritik af deres onde regime. "Desuden udgød Manasse uskyldigt blod i store måder, så han fyldte Jerusalem dermed til randen." 2Kong. 21,16.

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