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Commentary on The Prayer of Manasseh

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1–8 : God is praised

as mighty Creator (vv. 1–4 ) who offers forgiveness to the penitent (vv. 5–8 ).

1 :

Righteous posterity: faithful Israelites, descendants of the patriarchs.

2–3 :

Word of command: the creative “God said” of Gen. 1.6, 10 . Compare Job 38.8–11 .

5 :

God's majesty was considered so awesome that no one could experience it and live. Compare Isa. 6.5; Ezek. 1.28–2.2 .

6–8 :

Since all suffer for their sins the possibility for repentance is a mercy from God; see also Tfn.

9–13 :a Repentance.

9 :

My wrongdoings: Manasseh's sins; see 2 Kgs. 21.1–8 .

10 :

Iron chain: Manasseh's captivity in Babylon (2 Chr. 33.11 ).

13b–15 : Confidence in divine mercy

followed by a doxology closes the prayer.

13b :

God stored up punishment by being angry and not giving a person repentance.

15 :

To praise God continually with the lips as well as with a repentant and upright life was considered the object and fulfillment of human life and Israel's call; Ps. 51.13–17 .

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