* he set a carved image.
The Targumist says, "He set up an image, the likeness of
himself, in the house of the sanctuary." In the parallel
passage it is, "a graven image of the grove," or rather,
Asherah or Astarte. Manasseh, as Bp. Patrick observes, seems
to have studied to find out what God had forbidden in his law,
that he might practice it: a most prodigious change from the
height of piety in his father's time, into the sink of impiety
* in the house.
2Ki 21:7,8 23:6
* God had said.
4 1Ki 8:29 Ps 132:13,14
* which I have.
6:6 1Ki 8:44,48 11:13,32 Ps 78:68