The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again

About the Book of Nehemiah Explanation The Jews build Jerusalem’s city wall again: There are many dates in this *introduction. These dates are the number of years before the time when Jesus Christ was born. Each date has the letters ‘BC’, which mean ‘before Christ’, after it. This *introduction also refers to places in the Bible where you can read about these things. The history of the *Jews before their *exile These are the events that happened in *Israel before the time of Nehemiah. This account will help us to…

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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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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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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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