Prayer of Manasseh

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The '''Prayer of Manasseh''' is a short work of 15 verses of the penitential prayer of the Judean king Manasseh.  Manasseh is recorded in the Bible as one of the most idolatrous ([[IV Kingdoms]] 21:1-18); however, after having been taken captive by the Assyrians, he prays for mercy ([[II Paraleipomenon]] 33:10-17) and turns from his idolatrous ways.
 
The '''Prayer of Manasseh''' is a short work of 15 verses of the penitential prayer of the Judean king Manasseh.  Manasseh is recorded in the Bible as one of the most idolatrous ([[IV Kingdoms]] 21:1-18); however, after having been taken captive by the Assyrians, he prays for mercy ([[II Paraleipomenon]] 33:10-17) and turns from his idolatrous ways.
  
The Prayer of Manasseh is included in certain editions of the Greek [[Septuagint]]; for example, the fifth century Codex Alexandrinus includes the prayer among fourteen [[Book of Odes (Bible)|Odes]] appearing just after the [[Psalms]]. It was printed at the end of [[II Paraleipomenon|2 Chronicles]] in the 1599 Geneva Bible and the Latin Vulgate; it also appears in the apocrypha of the King James Bible. Currently, it is considered apocryphal by [[Roman Catholic Church|Catholics]], Jews and Protestants alike. Pope Clement VIII included the book in an appendix to the Vulgate stating that it should continue to be read "lest it perish entirely." In some editions of the Septuagint, it forms a part of the [[Book of Odes (Bible)|Book of Odes]].  It is accepted as a deuterocanonical books by some Orthodox, though it does not appear in Bibles printed in Greece. In the Ethiopian Bible, this text appears within [[II Paraleipomenon]].
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The Prayer of Manasseh is included in certain editions of the Greek [[Septuagint]]; for example, the fifth century Codex Alexandrinus includes the prayer among fourteen [[Book of Odes (Bible)|Odes]] appearing just after the [[Psalms]]. It was printed at the end of [[II Paraleipomenon|2 Chronicles]] in the 1599 Geneva Bible and the Latin Vulgate; it also appears in the [[apocrypha]] of the King James Bible. Currently, it is considered apocryphal by [[Roman Catholic Church|Catholics]], Jews and Protestants alike. Pope Clement VIII included the book in an appendix to the Vulgate stating that it should continue to be read "lest it perish entirely." In some editions of the Septuagint, it forms a part of the [[Book of Odes (Bible)|Book of Odes]].  It is accepted as a deuterocanonical book by some Orthodox, though it does not appear in Bibles printed in Greece. In the Ethiopian Bible, this text appears within [[II Paraleipomenon]].
  
 
The book appears in ancient Syriac, Old Slavonic, Ethiopic, and Armenian translations.
 
The book appears in ancient Syriac, Old Slavonic, Ethiopic, and Armenian translations.
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*[http://www.bombaxo.com/blog/?p=175 Another translation, with notes]
 
*[http://www.bombaxo.com/blog/?p=175 Another translation, with notes]
 
*[http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=26864532 NRSV: Prayer of Manasseh]
 
*[http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=26864532 NRSV: Prayer of Manasseh]
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Latest revision as of 18:16, January 11, 2013

The Prayer of Manasseh is a short work of 15 verses of the penitential prayer of the Judean king Manasseh. Manasseh is recorded in the Bible as one of the most idolatrous (IV Kingdoms 21:1-18); however, after having been taken captive by the Assyrians, he prays for mercy (II Paraleipomenon 33:10-17) and turns from his idolatrous ways.

The Prayer of Manasseh is included in certain editions of the Greek Septuagint; for example, the fifth century Codex Alexandrinus includes the prayer among fourteen Odes appearing just after the Psalms. It was printed at the end of 2 Chronicles in the 1599 Geneva Bible and the Latin Vulgate; it also appears in the apocrypha of the King James Bible. Currently, it is considered apocryphal by Catholics, Jews and Protestants alike. Pope Clement VIII included the book in an appendix to the Vulgate stating that it should continue to be read "lest it perish entirely." In some editions of the Septuagint, it forms a part of the Book of Odes. It is accepted as a deuterocanonical book by some Orthodox, though it does not appear in Bibles printed in Greece. In the Ethiopian Bible, this text appears within II Paraleipomenon.

The book appears in ancient Syriac, Old Slavonic, Ethiopic, and Armenian translations.

The Prayer of Manasseh is chanted during the Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic service of Great Compline.

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