“And the carved image of the idol that he had made he set in the house of God …” (v7). King Manasseh ignored his father Hezekiah’s righteous example, and instead he threw himself into idolatry and sorcery, even putting an idol in the Temple. Therefore, God allowed the Assyrian king to capture Manasseh and take him to Babylon, where the pain of his captivity caused him to repent (v11-12). Amazingly, God heard his prayer and restored him to Jerusalem’s throne, where this time, he honored God.
“He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty …” (v13). God is far more merciful than we can imagine. He hears the sincere prayer of repentance and is quick to forgive.