Fire comes down from heaven

Chapter 7 Fire comes down from heaven – 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 v1 When Solomon had finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven. The fire burned up the *sacrifice by fire and the other *sacrifices. And the *LORD’s *glory filled the *temple. v2 The priests could not enter the *LORD’s *temple, because the *LORD’s *glory filled it. v3 All the *Israelites saw the fire that came down from heaven. And they saw the *LORD’s *glory above the *temple. They bent down on the footpath with their faces to the ground. They *worshipped and…

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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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Solomon rules Israel

About this book Solomon rules Israel: The two books of Chronicles were one book ­until there was a translation into the *Greek language. The men who translated the book divided it into two. This was because the length of it would fit more easily on two *scrolls. That ancient translation is called the Septuagint; its date is about 280 *BC. We do not know who wrote the book of Chronicles. But the writer lived after the *exile. Probably he lived at the same time as Ezra. This was in the…

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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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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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