The prophet Micaiah

Chapter 22 The prophet Micaiah v1 There was peace between Syria and *Israel for almost three years. v2 In the third year Jehoshaphat, king of *Judah went down to see the king of *Israel. v3 The king of *Israel said to his officials, ‘I do not know why we have not done anything to get back Ramoth-Gilead from the king of Syria. It belongs to us!’ v4 So he asked Jehoshaphat if he would go to attack Ramoth-Gilead with him. Jehoshaphat said that he, his army and his horses were…

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Queen Jezebel steals Naboth’s field

Chapter 21 Queen Jezebel steals Naboth’s field v1 King Ahab of Samaria had a palace in Jezreel. Near the palace, there was a field. Naboth who lived at Jezreel owned it. He used it to produce *grapes. v2 One day Ahab spoke to Naboth. ‘Give me your field. It is close to my palace. I want to use the land for a vegetable garden. I will give you a better one instead of it. Or, if you prefer, I will pay you its value.’ v3 But Naboth replied, ‘The *Lord…

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God allows Ahab’s army to defeat the army from Syria

Chapter 20 God allows Ahab’s army to defeat the army from Syria v1 Benhadad, king of Syria gathered his whole army. Then 32 other kings with their horses and *chariots joined him. They attacked Samaria and they surrounded it. Nobody could enter or leave. v2 He sent people with messages into the city to Ahab king of *Israel. This is what they said. ‘Benhadad says this. v3 “I want to have all your silver and gold. I want to have the best of your wives and children.” ’ v4 This…

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God speaks to Elijah at Mount Sinai

Chapter 19 God speaks to Elijah at Mount Sinai v1 Ahab told Jezebel everything that Elijah had done. He also told her that Elijah had killed all the *prophets of *Baal. v2 She sent a message to Elijah and it said this. ‘I promise to kill you as you killed those *prophets. I will kill you by this time tomorrow. If not, I pray that the gods will kill me.’ v3 Elijah saw what was happening. So he ran away in order to save his life. He came to Beersheba…

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God sends Elijah to King Ahab

Chapter 18 God sends Elijah to King Ahab v1 After there had been no rain for three years, the *Lord spoke to Elijah. ‘Go and meet King Ahab. Then I will send rain.’ v2 So Elijah went to meet Ahab. Now there was a very great lack of food in Samaria. v3 Ahab called in Obadiah who was in control of the palace. [Obadiah was a loyal *worshipper of the *Lord. v4 While Jezebel was killing the *Lord’s *prophets, Obadiah took 100 of them. He hid them in two caves,…

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Elijah the prophet

Chapter 17 Elijah the prophet v1 Now Elijah from Tishbe in Gilead spoke to Ahab. ‘I promise this in the name of the *Lord because he is definitely alive. He is the God of *Israel and I am his servant. There will be no *dew or rain in the next few years until I say so.’ v2 Then the *Lord said to Elijah, v3 ‘Leave this place and go east. Hide near the stream called Cherith, east of the river Jordan. v4 You will drink water from the stream. I…

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Elah’s rule as king of Israel

Chapter 16 v1 Then the *Lord spoke to Jehu the son of Hanani. He gave him this message for Baasha. v2 ‘You were not an important person, but I made you leader of my people *Israel. You have *sinned as Jeroboam did. And you have led my people into *sin. Their *sins made me very angry. v3 I will kill you and your family as I did to Jeroboam and his family. v4 Dogs will eat the members of your family who die in the city. The birds of the…

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Abijam’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 15 Abijam’s rule as king of Judah v1 It was the 18th year of the rule of Jeroboam son of Nebat. At this time, Abijam became king of *Judah. v2 He ruled for three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Absalom. v3 He *sinned in the same way as his father had done before him. He was not completely loyal to the *Lord his God as David his *ancestor had been. v4 But because of David, the *Lord his God gave David a *descendant…

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Ahijah prophesies the end of Jeroboam’s rule over Israel

Chapter 14 Ahijah prophesies the end of Jeroboam’s rule over Israel v1 At that time, King Jeroboam’s son Abijah became ill. v2 Jeroboam said to his wife, ‘Dress so that people will suppose you to be someone else. Make sure that nobody will recognise you as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh where Ahijah the *prophet is. He *prophesied that I would be king over this people. v3 Take 10 loaves of bread, some cakes and a jar of honey and go to him. He will tell you…

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A prophet warns Jeroboam

Chapter 13 A prophet warns Jeroboam The *kingdom that David and Solomon used to rule had divided into two *kingdoms. The northern *tribes were not still loyal to David’s family. And those *tribes had chosen a new religion. They were *worshipping the images of *bulls, instead of the *Lord. But, by an extraordinary series of events, God showed that he still had a special relationship with those *tribes. They were *worshipping false gods. But they were still responsible to the real God. v1 The *Lord ordered a *prophet from *Judah…

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The kingdom divides

Chapter 12 The kingdom divides v1 Rehoboam went to Shechem. All the *Israelites had gone there to make him king. v2 Jeroboam the son of Nebat was still in Egypt. He had gone there to escape from King Solomon. Jeroboam heard what had happened. So he returned from Egypt. v3 The *Israelites sent for Jeroboam. He and they went to Rehoboam. This is what they said to him. v4 ‘Your father Solomon was cruel towards us. Now make these heavy *burdens lighter. Make our work easier and we will serve…

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Solomon worships false gods

Chapter 11 Solomon worships false gods v1 Solomon, however, loved many foreign women. He married the daughter of the king of Egypt. He also married *Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom and Sidon. v2 The *Lord had told the *Israelites not to marry anyone from those nations. They would make the *Israelites turn to other gods. But Solomon chose to love these women. v3 Solomon had 700 wives who had royal rank. And he had 300 mistresses. These wives turned him away from God. v4 As Solomon grew…

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The Queen of Sheba’s visit

Chapter 10 The Queen of Sheba’s visit v1 The Queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s fame and how he gave honour to the *Lord. So she came to test him with difficult questions. v2 She arrived in Jerusalem with a large group of servants. She brought camels that carried *spices and a large amount of gold and valuable stones. She met Solomon. Then she asked him all the questions that she could think of. v3 Solomon answered all her questions. None of her questions was too difficult for him. He…

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God appears to Solomon again

Chapter 9 God appears to Solomon again v1 So Solomon finished the *temple of the *Lord. He finished the royal palace and everything else that he wanted to do. v2 Then the *Lord appeared to him again as he had at Gibeon. v3 The *Lord said to him, ‘I have heard your prayer and all that you asked me to do. I have made this *temple *holy which you have built. People will give honour to me there for always. I will watch over it and I will love it…

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The ceremony at the opening of the temple

Chapter 8 The ceremony at the opening of the temple v1 King Solomon called the leaders of the *tribes and the families in *Israel together. They went to Jerusalem to bring the *Lord’s *Covenant Box to the *temple. It had been in Zion, David’s city. v2 All the men in *Israel came together to King Solomon. They came during the *Festival of Shelters in the 7th month. v3 When all the leaders had arrived, the priests lifted up the box. v4 They carried it to the *temple. The priests and…

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Solomon’s palaces

Chapter 7 Solomon’s palaces v1 Solomon took 13 years to build his palace. v2 The first great hall that he made was called the ‘Hall of the Forest of Lebanon’. It was 150 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. (One foot is about 30 centimetres.) It had three rows of *cedar columns which supported *cedar beams. v3 He made the roof of *cedar above the beams that the columns supported. There were 45 beams, 15 in each row. v4 The windows were high in sets of three.…

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The construction of the temple

Chapter 6 The construction of the temple Solomon acted as the *temple’s architect. But the plans were not his own. He used the plans that David had already made. And David did not design the plans by means of his own imagination. God’s *Spirit put these plans into his mind (1 Chronicles 28:11-12; 1 Chronicles 28:19). Hebrews 9:24 explains the reason for this arrangement. The *temple that Solomon built was a copy of the real *temple in heaven. So the design had to be God’s design. God was using Solomon…

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Hiram assists Solomon

Chapter 5 Hiram assists Solomon Solomon’s first task as king was the construction of the *temple at Jerusalem. This would be a splendid building to give honour to the *Lord. It would be the only proper place for *worship. And it would replace the tent of meeting that Moses made. Solomon also had great plans of his own. He would build great palaces and halls in Jerusalem. He would make Jerusalem into a very rich city. To carry out all these plans, Solomon needed a good supply of fine wood…

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olomon’s peaceful kingdom

Chapter 4 Solomon’s peaceful kingdom This chapter shows how successful Solomon’s rule was. The country was wealthy. It was at peace. The farms were successful. Food and drink were plentiful. People lived good lives. Other nations respected Solomon. Some of those nations paid taxes to him. The Bible said that people will know such a good and peaceful time again. This will happen when Jesus returns to this world. See Isaiah chapter 55. But, of course, Solomon’s rule was not perfect. Jesus’ rule will be perfect. And it will continue…

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God speaks to Solomon

Chapter 3 God speaks to Solomon v1 Solomon made an agreement with Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Solomon married Pharaoh’s daughter. Solomon brought her to live in David’s city. She lived there until he finished the construction of his palace. He also wanted to finish the *temple of the *Lord and the wall round Jerusalem. v2 The people still made *sacrifices at different *altars on the mountains. This was because he had not yet built a *temple for the *Lord. v3 Solomon loved the *Lord and he obeyed the commands…

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David’s instructions to Solomon

Chapter 2 David’s instructions to Solomon Solomon was now the king. But before David died, he gave some special instructions to Solomon. David told Solomon to respect God and to obey his laws. That is a very important lesson for anyone who has authority. A king might make laws for other people to follow. But even a king must obey God’s laws. v1 When David was near death, he gave these instructions to his son Solomon. v2 ‘I will die soon like everyone else’, David said. ‘Be strong and confident.…

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God’s lessons from history

About the Books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings Author God’s lessons from history: We do not know who wrote the books. Some people say that Jeremiah did. He lived just before Jerusalem’s enemies overcame the city. 2 Kings 24:18-25:30 is the same as Jeremiah chapter 52. There is nothing about Jeremiah in the books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings. However, Jeremiah went to Egypt. 2 Kings ends with the events in Babylon. An unknown *prophet in Babylon probably wrote both 1 Kings and 2 Kings. The writer or…

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