II Chronicles 33:2
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2  He did what was displeasing to Hashem, following the abhorrent practices of the nations that Hashem had dispossessed before the Israelites.

va-YA-as ha-RA b’-ay-NAY a-do-NAI k’-to-a-VOT ha-go-YIM a-SHER ho-REESH a-do-NAI mi-p’-NAY b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL

ב  וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהֹוָה כְּתוֹעֲבוֹת הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִישׁ יְהֹוָה מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

33:2   Following the abhorrent practices of the nations

Before entering the Land of Israel, Hashem tells the Children of Israel that remaining in the land is dependent upon their moral character. He warns them not to learn from or mimic the abominations of the peoples already living there, since doing so will lead to expulsion from the land, just as the nations originally living there were expelled (Deuteronomy 18:9-12). King Menashe explicitly violates this command, causing the People of Israel to follow “the abhorrent practices of the nations.” As such, God responds by declaring that He will send away the remainder of the Nation of Israel and allow their enemies to defeat them (II Kings 21:14).

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  • Manasseh, another king who rejects Hashem to his peril, and that of his people. In your comment you say, and I quote – "King Manasseh explicitly violates this command, and causes the nation to follow “after the abominations of the nations, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel…..” There are times when we do fall into sin, and times too when we deliberately choose our own way. Even though Manasseh had done 'exceedingly badly' Hashem still hears him, hears and answers.
    Another comment is that of Hashem telling the Children of Israel that 'their moral charactor depends on them staying in the Land of Israel' to keep them away from unholy influences. A bit like us telling our children not to go near the fire, or watch the road, always trying to keep our children safe.

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II Chronicles 33:2

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