2 Chronicles

A history of Israel from the building of Solomon's temple to Cyrus' command to rebuild the temple

The 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.

2 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 of Sheba.

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.

2 Chron 7 - Solomon consecrates the Temple
2 Chron 29 - Hezekiah's reforms
2 Chron 34 - Josiah's reforms
2 Chron 36:17-23 - Fall of Jerusalem and Cyrus's plan to rebuild the Temple


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