People of Israel were living in their towns

Chapter 3 v1 When the *people of Israel were living in their towns, they all met in Jerusalem together. It was the 7th month. Verse 1 The people who had returned from *exile started to live in the towns in Judah. But soon after they arrived in the country, they all met in Jerusalem. It was important to start to *worship God together again. The 7th month was a very important month for the *Jews. There were three special holidays to *worship God during that month. v2 Then Jeshua (the…

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The fame and wealth of Solomon

Chapter 9 The fame and wealth of Solomon – 2 Chronicles 9:1-31 The visit of the queen of Sheba – 2 Chronicles 9:1-12 v1 The queen of the country called Sheba heard about Solomon’s fame. And she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She came with a large group of officials and servants. They had many camels that carried *spices, a lot of gold and precious stones. She came to Solomon. And she talked with him about everything that she was thinking about. v2 Solomon answered all her questions.…

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What Solomon did

Chapter 8 What Solomon did – 2 Chronicles 8:1-18 v1 By the end of 20 years, Solomon had built the *LORD’s *temple. Also, he had built his own royal palace. v2 Solomon built again the towns that Hiram had given to him. And he sent *Israelites to live in these towns. v3 Then Solomon went to the town called Hamath Zobah. And he defeated it. v4 Also, Solomon built the town called Tadmor in the desert. And he built all the towns in Hamath as towns to store grain and supplies.…

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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 makes various objects for use in the temple

Chapter 4 Solomon makes various objects for use in the temple – 2 Chronicles 4:1-22 v1 Solomon made a *bronze *altar 20 *cubits long, 20 *cubits wide and 10 *cubits high. v2 Then he melted metal in order to make a large round basin called ‘the sea’. It was 10 *cubits from edge to edge and 5 *cubits high. The measurement round its edge was 30 *cubits. v3 There were images of *bulls under the edge round the large basin. There were 10 *bulls to each *cubit. The *bulls were in two rows…

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Solomon began to build the temple

Chapter 3 Solomon began to build the temple – 2 Chronicles 3:1-17 v1 Then Solomon began to build the *LORD’s *temple in Jerusalem on the mountain called Moriah. This was where the *LORD had appeared to his father David. David had provided that place. Previously, it was the yard where Araunah used to prepare his grain. (Araunah belonged to the people called Jebusites.) v2 Solomon began to build in his 4th year as king. It was the 2nd day of the 2nd month. v3 Solomon laid the base for God’s *temple. It was…

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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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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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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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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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Israel’s First King

Introduction to 1 and 2 Samuel The books of 1 and 2 Samuel used to be one book. The writer wrote the book in the *Hebrew language. Many years later, men translated the Bible into the Greek language (the language of the *New Testament). These men divided this book into two parts. The name of the book comes from the first important person in this book. He was Samuel the *prophet. But Samuel did not write the book. He died before the end of it. We do not know who…

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The beginning: When Moses wrote the book of Deuteronomy

The Author There are three main opinions about who wrote the book of Deuteronomy. 1. Deuteronomy says that Moses wrote it. In Deuteronomy 1:5 it says, ‘Moses began to explain God’s law.’ In Deuteronomy 31:9 it says, ‘Moses wrote down this law.’ In Deuteronomy 31:24 it says, ‘Moses wrote in a book all the words of God’s laws.’ 2 Kings 14:6 refers to ‘the Book of the Law of Moses’. Then it refers to Deuteronomy 24:16. Jesus said that Moses wrote the book. (See Matthew 19:7-8 and John 5:46-47.) In…

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The altar where the priests burnt the animals that the Israelites gave to God

Chapter 27 The altar where the priests burnt the animals that the Israelites gave to God – verses 1-8 v1 The *LORD continued to speak. ‘Build a special *altar out of *acacia wood. Make it about 51 inches (130 centimetres) high. It should be square, about 7 feet (2.25 metres) long and 7 feet (2.25 metres) wide. v2 Make the wood stick out like a *horn at each of the upper 4 corners. These 4 *horns must be part of the *altar itself. Cover the table with *bronze. v3 Also,…

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Hebrew slaves

Chapter 21 Hebrew slaves – verses 1-11 v1 The *LORD continued to speak to Moses. ‘You must explain these laws to the *Israelites.’ v2 ‘If you buy a *Hebrew slave, he must serve you for 6 years. But in year 7 you must free him. He does not have to pay anything to you. v3 Perhaps he did not have a wife when he came to you. Then he should go alone. But if he did have a wife, then she must go with him. v4 Perhaps the slave’s master…

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