2 Chronicles

Characteristics of the Book

It is interesting to note that in the original Hebrew text, 2 Chronicles commences with the conjunction “and,” then the narrative continues with the same theme, which shows that the division between the two books of Chronicles is artificial.

The book is silent on the matter of David’s faults, and hardly mentions those of Solomon or the schism between Israel and Judah. On the other hand, the pages recall the history of their return to God and the events relative to the celebration of worship at Jerusalem:

The dedication of the Temple of Solomon (ch 6–7)

The godliness of Asa (ch 14–16), of Jehoshaphat (ch 17–20) and of Joash (ch 24)

The spiritual awakenings under Hezekiah (ch 29–32) and Josiah (ch 34–35)

Despite their spiritual highs, Judah behaves as bad as Israel so that their punishment by exile becomes inevitable. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy 2 Chron 36:15-16.

The Key Verse of 2 Chronicles

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Chapter Overview

Section 1 chapters 1–9 The Reign of Solomon (40 years)

The Temple is constructed: Splendour

Section 2 chapters 10–36 The History of the Kings of Judah (383 years)

The Temple is destroyed: Disaster

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