history of Israel from the building of
Solomon's temple to Cyrus' command to
rebuild the temple
books of 1 and 2 Chronicles deal with the same
basic story found in the books of Samuel and Kings,
but with a different emphasis.
Chron 1-9 describes the reign of Solomon.
After praying for wisdom, Solomon
builds and dedicates the Temple.
His wealth and grandeur impress even the Queen
2 Chron 10-29
traces the Davidic monarchy until the Babylonian exile. God blesses
righteous kings with many children, victories, and prosperity. God also
punishes wicked kings with defeats and disease. Unfaithfulness finally
leads to the fall of Jerusalem
and the Babylonian exile. The book ends on a hopeful note with Cyrus'
decree that the exiles can return and rebuild the Temple.
Chron 7 - Solomon consecrates the Temple
Chron 29 - Hezekiah's reforms
Chron 34 - Josiah's reforms
Chron 36:17-23 - Fall of Jerusalem and Cyrus's
plan to rebuild the Temple