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 this!
in the house: 2Ki 21:7-8, 2Ki 23:6
God had said: 2Ch 33:4; 1Ki 8:29; Psa 132:13-14
which I have: 2Ch 6:6; 1Ki 8:44, 1Ki 8:48, 1Ki 11:13, 1Ki 11:32; Psa 78:68