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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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 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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The war against Moab

Chapter 3 The war against Moab v1 Ahab’s son Joram became the king of *Israel in Samaria. That happened in the 18th year when King Jehoshaphat was ruling over *Judah. Joram ruled for 12 years. v2 He *sinned against the *Lord. However, he was not as bad as his father or his mother. Joram’s father had made an image that was like *Baal. Joram removed that image. v3 But he *sinned like Nebat’s son Jeroboam, who led *Israel into *sin. Joram did not stop that *sin. Joram was a bad…

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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 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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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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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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The birth of children to a woman

Chapter 12 The birth of children to a woman v1 The *LORD said (this) to Moses. v2 ‘Tell (this) to the *Israelites. A woman may become *pregnant and then give birth to a son. She will be *unclean for 7 days. This will be as it is during her monthly *period. v3 On the 8th day, they must *circumcise the boy. v4 Then the woman must wait 33 days to become *clean after she bled. She must not touch anything that is sacred. She must not go to the *LORD’s house…

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