Solomon blesses the people

Chapter 6 Solomon blesses the people – 2 Chronicles 6:1-11 v1 Then Solomon spoke. ‘The *LORD said that he would live in the dark cloud. v2 *LORD, I have built a wonderful *temple for you. It is a place for you to live for all time.’ v3 All the *Israelites were standing there. King Solomon turned to them and he blessed them. v4 Then he said, ‘Praise the *LORD, the God of *Israel. With his mouth, he made a promise to my father David. With his hands, he has done it. v5 He said,…

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The king of Babylon attacks Jerusalem

Chapter 25 The king of Babylon attacks Jerusalem v1 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon marched out with his whole army. He marched towards Jerusalem to attack it. He did that in the 9th year of Zedekiah’s rule. It was on the 10th day of the 10th month. Nebuchadnezzar camped outside the city and he surrounded it with his army. His army prepared to attack the city. v2 His army surrounded Jerusalem city. Nobody could come into it and nobody could go out. That situation lasted until the 11th year of King…

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Jehoiachin’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 24 v1 While Jehoiakim was king, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to attack the country. Jehoiakim had to serve him for 3 years. But then Jehoiakim changed his decision and he *rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar. v2 The *Lord sent soldiers to fight against Jehoiakim. They were from Babylon, Syria, Moab and Ammon. He sent them to destroy *Judah. The *Lord had said by means of his *prophets that he would do that. v3 Those things happened to *Judah because the *Lord had ordered it. He wanted to remove the people…

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The covenant with the Lord

Chapter 23 The covenant with the Lord v1 The king called together all the leaders of *Judah and Jerusalem. v2 He went to the *Lord’s *temple with the priests and the *prophets. All the people in *Judah and Jerusalem also came. Both the rich people and the poor people came. In front of them all, the king read the entire book that contained the *covenant. That was the book that the chief priest had found in the *Lord’s *temple. v3 The king stood by the royal column and he made…

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Josiah’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 22 Josiah’s rule as king of Judah v1 Josiah was 8 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 31 years. His mother’s name was Jedidah, daughter of Adaiah. She was from Bozkath. v2 Josiah pleased the *Lord in everything that he did. He behaved in the same way as his *ancestor David had done. Josiah obeyed all God’s laws. v3 In the 18th year when Josiah was ruling, he sent Shaphan the *secretary to the *Lord’s *temple. Shaphan was Azaliah’s son and he was also…

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Manasseh’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 21 Manasseh’s rule as king of Judah v1 Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 55 years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. v2 Manasseh *sinned against the *Lord. The *Lord had forced some nations out of his country when the *Israelites originally came there. Manasseh imitated the acts that those nations did. They were acts that cause disgust. v3 Manasseh’s father Hezekiah had destroyed the places where people *worshipped on the hills. But Manasseh built them again. He set up *altars to…

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Hezekiah’s illness

Chapter 20 Hezekiah’s illness v1 During that time, Hezekiah became ill. He almost died. The *prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, went to see Hezekiah. Isaiah said this. ‘The *Lord says, “Put everything in order. (In other words, deal with anything that you need to deal with before your death.) You will die soon. You will not recover.” ’ v2 Hezekiah turned his face towards the wall and he prayed this to the *Lord. v3 ‘Remember, *Lord, that I have served you in a loyal manner. I have loved you completely.…

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Isaiah the prophet

Chapter 19 Isaiah the prophet v1 When King Hezekiah heard that, he tore his clothes. He dressed himself in rough cloth and he went into the *Lord’s *temple. v2 Hezekiah called Eliakim, the official that controlled the palace. And he called Shebna the *secretary. He also called the leaders of the priests. He sent all those men to the *prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz. They all wore rough cloth. v3 This is the message that Hezekiah told them to give to Isaiah. ‘Today is a very sad day. God is…

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Hezekiah’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 18 Hezekiah’s rule as king of Judah v1 Hezekiah, Ahaz’s son, began to rule as king of *Judah. He did so in the 3rd year of Hoshea’s rule. Hoshea (Elah’s son) was king of *Israel. v2 Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became the king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 29 years. His mother was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. v3 Hezekiah did what pleased the *Lord. So Hezekiah was like his *ancestor, David. v4 Hezekiah removed the places where people *worshipped on the high hills. He broke…

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Ahaz’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 16 Ahaz’s rule as king of Judah v1 Ahaz, Jotham’s son, began to rule as king of *Judah. That was in the 17th year of Pekah’s rule. Pekah (king of *Israel) was Remaliah’s son. v2 Ahaz was 20 years old when he became the king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 16 years. Unlike David his *ancestor, Ahaz did not do what pleased the *Lord his God. v3 Ahaz did what the kings of *Israel did. He even *sacrificed his son in the fire. The *Lord had forced some nations…

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Uzziah’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 15 Uzziah’s rule as king of Judah v1 Uzziah, Amaziah’s son, began his rule as king of *Judah. He did so in the 27th year of Jeroboam’s rule. Jeroboam was king of *Israel. v2 Uzziah began to rule when he was 16 years old. He ruled in Jerusalem for 52 years. His mother was Jecoliah from Jerusalem. v3 He did what pleased the *Lord. He did what his father Amaziah had done. v4 But he did not remove the places where people *worshipped on the high hills. The people…

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Amaziah’s rule as king of Judah

Chapter 14 Amaziah’s rule as king of Judah v1 Amaziah, Joash’s son, began to rule as the king of *Judah. That happened during the 2nd year of Jehoash’s rule. Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz, was the king of *Israel. v2 Amaziah was 25 years old when he became *Judah’s king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 29 years. His mother was Jehoaddin from Jerusalem. v3 Amaziah did the things that pleased the *Lord. However, he was not like his *ancestor David. Amaziah did what his father Joash had done. v4 Amaziah…

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Jehoahaz’s rule as king of Israel

Chapter 13 Jehoahaz’s rule as king of Israel v1 Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, became the king of *Israel. That happened in the 23rd year of Joash’s rule. Joash, the son of Ahaziah, was the king of *Judah. Jehoahaz ruled over *Israel for 17 years. He ruled in Samaria. v2 He *sinned against the *Lord, as Nebat’s son Jeroboam had done. Jeroboam had caused the *Israelites to begin those *sins. And Jehoahaz did not stop those *sins. v3 So the *Lord was very angry with the *Israelites. He allowed Syria’s…

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Joash repairs the Lord’s temple

Chapter 12 Joash repairs the Lord’s temple v1 Joash became the king in the 7th year of Jehu’s rule. (Jehu was the king of *Israel.) Joash ruled in Jerusalem for 40 years. His mother’s name was Zibiah. She was from Beersheba. v2 Joash pleased the *Lord while Jehoiada the priest taught him. v3 However, Joash did not remove the places where people *worshipped on the hills. People continued to offer *sacrifices there and they continued to burn *incense there. Joash ruled for 40 years. Many people think that he ruled…

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Athaliah’s rule as queen of Judah

Chapter 11 Athaliah’s rule as queen of Judah v1 King Ahaziah’s mother Athaliah heard about the death of her son. So she ordered people to kill all the royal family. v2 But Jehosheba, who was King Jehoram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s sister, rescued Joash the son of Ahaziah. She took him away from among the royal princes before Athaliah murdered them. Jehosheba hid Joash and his nurse in a bedroom, away from Athaliah. So nobody killed him. v3For 6 years Jehosheba hid him and his nurse in the *Lord’s *temple. Meanwhile…

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The deaths of 70 descendants of Ahab

Chapter 10 The deaths of 70 descendants of Ahab v1 There were 70 *descendants of Ahab’s family who lived in Samaria. Jehu wrote letters and he sent them to Samaria. Jehu sent the letters to the rulers of Jezreel. He also sent them to the leaders. And he sent them to those people who looked after Ahab’s *descendants. This is what Jehu wrote. v2 ‘You look after the king’s *descendants. You have *chariots, horses, and weapons (military arms). And you have a strong city. So, when you receive this letter,…

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Elisha appoints Jehu as king of Israel

Chapter 9 Elisha appoints Jehu as king of Israel v1 Elisha called a man from the group of the *prophets. He said this to the man. ‘Get ready and go at once to Ramoth Gilead. Take this jar of *olive oil with you. v2 When you get there, look for Jehu. He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who is Nimshi’s son. Take Jehu to a private room away from his companions. v3 Then pour the *olive oil on his head and declare this: “The *Lord says that he *anoints you…

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The report about Elisha’s miracles

Chapter 8 The report about Elisha’s miracles v1 Elisha had spoken to the woman whose son he had brought back to life. ‘Go away with your family and stay somewhere else. The *Lord had decided that there will be a serious lack of food in this country. During a 7 year period, people will not have enough food.’ v2 The woman did what Elisha said. She and her family went to stay in the country called Philistia for 7 years. v3 At the end of 7 years, the woman returned…

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The axe that the man lost

Chapter 6 The axe that the man lost v1 The group of the *prophets spoke to Elisha. ‘The place where we meet with you is too small for us. v2 Let us go to the River Jordan. There we can each cut down a tree. And we can build a place for us to live.’ Elisha said, ‘Go.’ v3 One *prophet in the group said, ‘Will you please come with us?’ Elisha replied, ‘I will come.’ v4 He went with them. They went to the Jordan and they began to…

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Naaman’s illness

Chapter 5 Naaman’s illness v1 Naaman was the leader of a king’s army. It was the army of the king of Syria. Naaman’s master respected him and his master gave honour to him. That was because the *Lord had given success to the army from Syria. And that success had happened by means of Naaman. He was a brave soldier, but he had a serious disease in his skin. v2 The soldiers from Syria had made attacks against *Israel. During one attack, they *captured a little *Israelite girl. So she…

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Elisha provides oil for a widow

Chapter 4 Elisha provides oil for a widow v1 A man’s widow went to speak to Elisha. The man had been a member of a group of *prophets. The widow cried out, ‘My husband, who was your servant, has died. As you know, he gave honour to the *Lord. Now a man to whom he owed money has come. That man wants to take my two boys as his slaves.’ v2 Elisha replied, ‘How can I help you? What have you got at home?’ ‘I have nothing except a small…

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God takes Elijah to heaven

Chapter 2 God takes Elijah to heaven God had promised Elijah that Elisha would continue his work (1 Kings 19:16). In this chapter is the end of Elijah’s work as a *prophet. But there is also the beginning of Elisha’s work as a *prophet. Because of Elijah’s work, there were now groups of people in *Israel who were loyal to God. Elisha would make those believers stronger. And he would deal with some of the troubles that remained in that country. v1 The time came when the *Lord would take…

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The Last Kings of Israel and Judah

About the Books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings The Last Kings of Israel and Judah: The Books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings used to be one book. That book continued the account of the events that happened to *Israel. The events happened after those in the Books of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. Some people translated 1 Kings and 2 Kings into Greek (the language that people spoke in Greece). They divided it into two books. They probably did that so that the text would fit into the…

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