How Ancient Taxes Were Collected Under King Manasseh
When April 15 rolls around this year, taxpayers may take some small comfort in the fact that taxes are by no means a modern invention. Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain both famously remarked about the certainty of death and taxes, and a recent archaeological discovery concerning ancient taxes in Jerusalem has added to scholarsâ€™ certainty about a tax system in ancient Israel, especially during the reign of Judahâ€™s King Manasseh.
King Manasseh was not popular with the Biblical authors (as Barkay puts it, â€śthey hated his gutsâ€ť), but Assyrian records suggest that he implemented heavy taxes on his people in order to pay tribute to King Esarhaddon and then King Ashurbanipal, Sennacheribâ€™s successors in Assyria. These ancient taxes thus helped King Manasseh maintain relative peace in Judah during his 55-year reign....
Gil Rugh wrote: As we have seen, the two primary duties of authority are to punish evildoers and to reward those who do right. Yet government also has a third function â€” collecting taxes:
"For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor" (Romans 13:6-7). NASB
2 Kings 21 16 Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.---NASB
This is an interesting article, which doesn't mention why God didn't like the sayings that Manasseh did.