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II Chronicles 1
By: Jim Crews 

Both books of Chronicles were originally one book. They were separated into two later on. II Chronicles starts with the rule of Solomon and deals primarily with Judah. I and II Chronicles were written by Ezra, as we'll see in the last chapter. 

II Chronicles 1: 1
Solomon established his kingdom and God made him a great king. 

II Chronicles 1: 2 - 6
Solomon spoke to the assembly of Israel’s leaders and his advisors. He then led them to the Tabernacle where he made 1000 sacrifices. 

II Chronicles 1: 7 - 13
That night, God appeared to Solomon and told him to ask for what he needed. Solomon asked God for wisdom. Since he had not asked for long life and wealth, but wisdom, God would give him wisdom and all the things he had not asked for. The next morning, Solomon left for Jerusalem. 

II Chronicles 1: 14 - 17
Solomon was rich in men, material, and minerals. He had trade with Syria, Egypt, and the Hittities among others. Israel was thriving under Solomon’s rule.

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II Chronicles 2
By: Jim Crews 

II Chronicles 2: 1 - 10
Solomon planned to build a Temple for God, and a palace for himself. He assigned workers and foremen to quarry the hills in that region. He sent to Hiram and told him of his plans. Solomon told Hiram that he was in need of a supervisor who could build a Temple magnificent enough for God. Solomon also asked for building materials. Solomon was willing to trade food, wine, and oil for the workers and materials. 

II Chronicles 2: 11 - 12
Hiram was more than willing to do this because he saw how God had blessed David. 

II Chronicles 2: 13 - 16
Hiram sent Huram-abi as supervisor. He was of mixed Isrealite and Tyreish blood and well trained in his profession. Hiram was also going to send all the materials and workers Solomon had requested. 

II Chronicles 2: 17 - 18
Solomon took a census and assigned the quarry workers and foremen to their jobs. 

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II Chronicles 3
By: Jim Crews 

II Chronicles 3: 1 - 7
Solomon began building the Temple on Mt. Moriah. This is where God had appeared to David on the threshing floor of Ornan. This project began in the 2nd month of Solomon’s 4th year to reign. We are shown measurements of the building. We are also shown how everything was overlaid with pure gold, as well as how precious jewels were used in the construction. 

II Chronicles 3: 8 - 9
This section shows us what was done to make the Most Holy Place. Everything including the nails was overlaid with gold. 

II Chronicles 3: 10 - 14
This part details the 2 cherubim Solomon had made for the Most Holy Place. He also made a veil of blue, purple, and crimson fine linen with cherubim worked into it. 

II Chronicles 3: 15 - 17
This details the pillars for the Temple. One on the north called Boaz, and one on the south called Jachin. 

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II Chronicles 4

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 4: 1 - 6

The altar made for the Temple is described for us here in great detail. The wash basins are described as well. 


II Chronicles 4: 7 - 10

Ten golden lampstands were made and placed five to the north and five to the south. Ten tables were made and placed in the same configuration. The court of the priests was made as well, along with doors. 


II Chronicles 4: 11 - 18

Hiram finished the work he had contracted to do. The details are given here. All of these things were cast between Succoth and Zeredah in the plain of the Jordan. The amount of bronze used was so great it was not even weighed officially. 


II Chronicles 4: 19 - 22

All the things made at this point are listed in this section. 


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II Chronicles 5

By: Jim Crews 


II Chronicles 5: 1

The Temple was complete. Solomon had all the items that David had dedicated for use inside brought and placed there. 


II Chronicles 5: 2 - 14

The elders were all assembled to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the Temple. The Levites took the Ark and the Tabernacle with all the holy vessels inside of it and brought it all to the Temple. A large number of animals were sacrificed for the dedication ceremony. The Ark was then taken into the Temple. It contained only the two tablets that Moses had brought down from Mt. Horeb. The priests then came out and they sang a song of dedication. Following this, the Temple was filled with a cloud. No one could enter because of the cloud. The Glory of God then filled the Temple. 

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II Chronicles 6

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 6: 1 - 11

Solomon continued dedicating the Temple and blessing God. Telling them since He brought them out of Egypt, that God had chosen no city to build a house in. Now, He had chosen Jerusalem. He told how David had wanted to build the Temple, but God would not allow it. Instead, God told David that Solomon would build the Temple. Solomon tells the crowd that this has now been fulfilled, and the Ark of the Covenant has been placed in the Temple. 


II Chronicles 6: 12 - 17

Solomon then stood and kneeled before the altar. He spoke a blessing to God, about how God had never left Israel, and how He had kept His covenant with David. He asks God to continue to bless Israel and the lineage of David as kings, as long as those kings remain steadfast and obedient to God. 


II Chronicles 6: 18 - 21

Solomon continues, asking God to dwell with His people in the house that he had built. He asks God to hear the prayers of His people when they pray towards the Temple, and to forgive them when He hears. 


II Chronicles 6: 22 - 23

He asks God to punish the wicked and vindicate the righteous. 


II Chronicles 6: 24 - 25

He asks God to hear and forgive His people when they pray because they have been defeated by their enemies because they have sinned against Him. 


II Chronicles 6: 26 - 27

He asks God to hear and forgive His people when they pray because the rains stop because they have sinned against Him. 


II Chronicles 6: 28 - 31

He asks God to hear and forgive His people when they pray because of pestilence and famine brought by Him due to their having sinned against Him.


II Chronicles 6: 32 - 33

He asks God to hear the prayer of foreigners who come and pray in the Temple. 


II Chronicles 6: 34 - 35

He asks God to guide and protect His children in battle. 


II Chronicles 6: 36 - 39

He asks God that since no one goes without sinning, that when Israel sins against Him and He is angered and sends them into captivity, that He will remember them if they repent. 


II Chronicles 6: 40 - 42

Solomon ends with a prayer asking God to take up residence in the Temple along with the Ark of the Covenant. He asks God to provide salvation to the priests and rejoicing for the saints. He asks God not to turn away from him, and to remember David. 



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II Chronicles 7

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 7: 1 - 3

As soon as Solomon had finished his prayer, fire came from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering. The priests could not enter the Temple because the Glory of God filled it. When the people saw this, they bowed down and worshiped God. 


II Chronicles 7: 4 - 6

They sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. They dedicated the House of God. The priests and Levites stood at their posts performing their duties. The people stood. 


II Chronicles 7: 7

Solomon consecrated the middle court by having burnt offerings and peace offerings made. 


II Chronicles 7: 8 - 10

They then had a great feast for seven days. They held a solemn assembly on the eighth day. The people were then sent away joyfully, because God had blessed David and Solomon with prosperous times. 


II Chronicles 7: 11 - 18

Solomon had completed the Temple and his own house as he had set out to do. God then appeared to Solomon and told him that He had accepted the prayer offered at the Temple dedication. He told Solomon that if he remained obedient, then his lineage would rule Israel always. 


II Chronicles 7: 19 - 22

He also warned what would happen if Solomon or his descendants did not remain faithfully obedient. God would destroy Israel and the Temple for their disobedience and idolatry. 

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II Chronicles 8

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 8: 1 - 2

It took Solomon 20 years to build the Temple and his own house. After that was done, he rebuilt the cities that Hiram had given him and began settling Israelites in them. 


II Chronicles 8: 3 - 10

Solomon took Hamath-Zoba. He had Tadmore and the storage cities built. He built many fortification cities on the frontier. The non-Israelites who were left were drafted for forced labor. Isrealites served in the military and other jobs, but they were all free. Solomon had 250 officers who commanded Israel. 


II Chronicles 8: 11 

Solomon had another house built for Pharaoh's daughter because he wouldn’t have her living near the Temple. 


II Chronicles 8: 12 - 15

Solomon followed the Mosaic Law’s required sacrifices and observed all the feast days. He appointed the divisions of the priests as David had done. 


II Chronicles 8: 16

The Temple was completed.


II Chronicles 8: 17 - 18

Solomon went to Edom. Hiram sent many ships and much wealth. 

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II Chronicles 9

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicle 9: 1 -4

The Queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon. Sheba was probably in the area of modern Ethiopia and Yemen. She came with a huge entourage and a lot of wealth in order to test him with some questions. There was nothing that she asked that Solomon could not answer. She was left breathless when she saw his wisdom, wealth, and faithfulness to God. 


II Chronicles 9: 5 - 9

She told Solomon she had not believed what was said about him until she saw it herself. She then blessed God for His gracious gifts of wisdom and wealth given to Solomon. She gave him gold and spices. The spices were different from any that Solomon had ever had. 


II Chronicles 9: 10 - 11

Solomon and Hiram’s servants brought gold, wood, and gemstones. The wood was used to make house supports, lyres, and harps. These were better than any ever seen. 


II Chronicles 9: 12 

Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba everything she asked for. She then left and returned home. 


II Chronicles 9: 13 - 21

Solomon received huge amounts of gold from kings in the region. This was used to make shields. It was also used to make him a throne as well as cups. Once every three years ships brought gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks to Solomon. 


II Chronicles 9: 22 - 28

Solomon was the richest and wisest king. All the other kings sought audiences with him to hear his wisdom. All of them brought gifts. He had 4000 stalls for chariot horses and 12,000 horsemen serving his military. He ruled a huge kingdom. 


II Chronicles 9: 29 - 31

All the acts of Solomon were written in other books. We have his record in Kings and Chronicles. His reign lasted 40 years. Following his death, Rehoboam his son reigned in his place. 


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II Chronicles 10

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 10: 1 - 5

Rehoboam went to Shechem for his coronation. Jeroboam, who had fled to Egypt in exile from Solomon, heard of this and returned to Israel. Jeroboam led a group asking Rehoboam to ease the tasks that David and Solomon had placed on Israel. He said he’d get back with them in 3 days. 


II Chronicles 10: 6 - 11

Rehoboam had 2 groups of counselors. The older, wiser group told him to listen to the people. Instead of listening to wisdom, he chose to listen to those he had grown up with, the younger and less experienced group. This group told him to put even more burdens on the people. 


II Chronicles 10: 12 - 15

On the third day, Rehoboam delivered his decision to the people. By not listening to the people, Rehoboam brought about the fulfillment of God’s word to Jeroboam. 


II Chronicles. 10: 16 - 19

The people rebelled against Rehoboam. Rehoboam sent an official to the rebels. They stoned him to death. Rehoboam then fled for his life from Jerusalem. 

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II Chronicles 11

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II Chronicles 11: 1 - 4

When Rehoboam returned to Jerusalem, he assembled 180,000 warriors from the two remaining loyal tribes of Benjamin and Judah. They were going to fight against the 10 rebel tribes to try to reunite Israel. Shemaiah the prophet delivered a message from God telling them that they were not to fight one another. They listened to God and returned to their homes. 


II Chronicles 11: 5 - 12

Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built cities for the defense of Judah. They were strong, with stores of food, oil, and wine. Each had a commander, troops, and weapons for the defense of Judah. 


II Chronicles 11: 13 -  17

The priests and Levites from the 10 rebel tribes migrated to the South. They were kicked out of the North by Jeroboam. Jeroboam had chosen his own priests to serve his idols. Those from the North who would not serve idols migrated to the South. This kept Rehoboam secure in the ways of David and Solomon for three years. 


II Chronicles 11: 18 - 23

Rehoboam married Mahalath. She bore him 3 sons. He then took Maacha, who bore him 4 sons. He loved her above all his 18 other wives and 60 concubines. They bore him 28 sons and 60 daughters. He appointed Abijah as chief prince, since he intended for him to succeed him on the throne. He dealt wisely with all his sons, distributing them among the Southern fortified cities and giving them provisions and wives. 


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II Chronicles 12

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 12: 1 - 8

When his rule was established, Rehoboam left following God. In his 5th year, Shishak led a huge army from Egypt and took the fortified cities of Judah, getting as far as Jerusalem. Shemaiah the prophet delivered God’s Word to them. He told them they had abandoned God, so God had abandoned them. Rehoboam and Judah repented and God didn’t allow Shishak to completely take over. Instead, he made Judah a vassal state to Egypt since they had gone away from Him. 


II Chronicles 12: 9 - 12

Shishak took away all of the treasures of the Temple and from the king’s house. All of the gold items made for both were taken away and replaced with bronze replicas by Rehoboam. When he humbled himself to God, God made sure that Jerusalem wasn’t destroyed and things went well in Judah. 


II Chronicles 12: 13 - 14

Rehoboam reigned for 17 years. He did evil in the sight of God. 


II Chronicles 12: 15 - 16 

All the acts of Rehoboam are recorded. There was continual war between North and South. Rehoboam died and was buried in Jerusalem. Abijah took the throne following his death. 

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II Chronicles 13

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 13: 1 - 2a

Abijah began his reign in Judah during the 18th year of Jeroboam’s reign in the North. He reigned for only 3 years. 


II Chronicles 13: 2b - 7

There was continued war between the South and the North. Abijah went to battle with 400000 men and was met in battle by Jeroboam’s 800000 men. Abijah made a speech about how Jeroboam had usurped and rebelled against God’s chosen ruler.


II Chronicles 13: 8 - 12

Abijah continued by accusing Jeroboam and the North of the idolatry they had started. He said the South continued to serve God. He told the Northern tribes that God was with the South, and begged them not to fight against God. 


II Chronicles 13: 13 - 22

Jeroboam’s troops had surrounded the troops of Abijah. God fought for Judah that day and they soundly defeated the Northern Tribes. Jeroboam lost 500000 of his men that day. Abijah pursued his army and took several cities back from the North. Jeroboam could not recover from this defeat. God struck him down and he died. Abijah had 14 wives, 22 sons and 16 daughters. The rest of his acts are written elsewhere. 

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II Chronicles 14

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II Chronicles 14: 1 - 8

Following the death of Abijah, Asa reigned in Israel. There was peace for 10 years. Asa did right in God’s eyes. He had anything connected with idolatry destroyed and removed. He built fortified cities and had peace because God was with him. Asa gave God the credit for all of this. Asa had an army of 580000 men. 


II Chronicles 14: 9 - 15

Ethiopia came to fight Israel. They had an army of 1 million men and 300 chariots. Asa cried to God for help against them. God defeated the Ethiopian army that day. The Israelite army killed every one of the Ethiopians and took away great spoils from the battle. They plundered several more cities and then returned home. 

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II Chronicles 15

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II Chronicles 15: 1 - 7

Azariah the prophet delivered a message from God to Asa. He told Asa that as long as he sought God, he would find Him. However, if he was to forsake God, God would forsake him. Israel went a long time separated from God and there was no peace for them. When they turned back to God, He came back to them. Azariah is speaking of the times of the Judges. He told Asa to not be weak, because his works would be rewarded.


II Chronicles 15: 8 - 15

As soon as he heard the words, Asa began to eradicate idolatry from Judah, Benjamin, and all the cities he had taken from the North. They gathered for a huge sacrificial gathering to God. Anyone not seeking God was to be put to death. God gave them rest and peace. 


II Chronicles 15: 16 - 19

Asa even removed his mother from being queen because she had made an idol. He cut it down, crushed it, burned it, and threw the ashes in the Brook Kidron. He was unable to destroy the idols in the North in Dan and Bethel. However, he had peace until the 35th year of his reign. 

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II Chronicles 16

By: Jim Crews


II Chronicles 16: 1 - 6

In the 36th year of Asa’s reign in Judah, Baasha king of Israel built Ramah to keep people from going from Israel to Judah. Asa paid Ben-Hadad of Syria to go against Israel. Syria did this and conquered several cities in the Northern Kingdom. When Baasha heard, he stopped working on Ramah. Asa had the people of the South take all the building materials and they built 2 cities in Judah. 


II Chronicles 16: 7 - 10

Hananiah the prophet brought a message from God to Asa. He told Asa since he had relied on Syria to aid him instead of relying on God, that the Syrians would be a thorn in his side. Asa had the prophet thrown into prison and turned his anger against his people. He had served a long and good life until the end, when he decided that he knew better than God how to handle things. 


II Chronicles 16: 11 - 14

Asa developed a severe foot disease in the 39th year of his reign. He refused to seek help from God and sought out doctors. He died 2 years later and was buried in Jerusalem. 

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II Chronicles 17

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II Chronicles 17: 1 - 6

Jehoshaphat followed Asa. He fortified his borders against the North. He garrisoned all the cities captured by Asa. God was with him because he didn’t worship the baals and instead he walked in the ways of David. He took all the high places out of Judah. 


II Chronicles 16: 7 - 9

In his 3rd year, he sent officials, Levites, and priests to teach the people. They taught them from the Books of the Law. 


II Chronicles 16: 10 - 19

The Lord didn’t allow the lands around Judah to make war with them. The Philistines and Arabians brought Jehoshaphat tribute. Judah grew stronger and safer under his rule. They fortified the borders and amassed a huge army. 


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II Chronicles 18

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II Chronicles 18: 1 - 3

Jehoshaphat married one of Ahab’s daughters. He went to Samaria to visit Ahab, who threw him a feast and tried to persuade him to aid in a battle with Ramoth-Gilead. Jehoshaphat agreed.


II Chronicles 18: 4 - 11

Before going into battle, Jehoshaphat wanted to ask God. Ahab brought 400 false prophets who said to go into the battle and victory was guaranteed. Jehoshaphat wanted a prophet of God. The only one in the land was Micaiah. Ahab hated him because he never spoke any good of the king. That is the prophet Jehoshaphat wanted to hear from. They were sitting on their thrones listening to Ahab’s prophets proclaiming victory for them. 


II Chronicles 18: 12 - 22

The messengers told Micaiah that all Ahab’s prophets were saying good things. Micaiah said he would prophesy what God told him. Micaiah prophesied that Israel would be scattered like sheep without a leader. He told them that Ahab’s prophets were liars. He said they should all just go home in peace. 


II Chronicles 18: 23 - 27

Zedekiah, one of Ahab’s false prophets, struck and mocked Micaiah. He was to be thrown into prison until Ahab returned. Micaiah said if Ahab returned, then God had not spoken by him. 


II Chronicles 18: 28 - 34

Both nations went to fight Ramoth-Gilead. Ahab was going to disguise himself. The Syrians were commanded to attack only the king. God helped Jehoshaphat escape, but Ahab was killed. 


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II Chronicles 19

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II Chronicles 19: 1 - 3

Jehu met Jehoshaphat upon his return from aiding Ahab. Jehu delivered the message from God that Jehoshaphat had angered God by aiding those who were idolaters. However, God did find some good in him since he had destroyed the ashoroth and set his heart to obey Him. 


II Chronicles 19: 4 - 7

Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, but he went among the people and brought them out of idolatry and back to obeying God. He appointed judges in various cities around the land and reminded them to judge with their eyes on God’s Laws. He also warned them how God frowns upon partiality in judgments and on taking bribes. 


II Chronicles 19: 8 - 11

Jehoshaphat also appointed judges in Jerusalem from among the priests, Levites, and heads of certain families. He reminded them to make their judgments with their eyes on God’s Laws. He set Amariah over them in matters concerning God. Zebediah was governor of things concerning the king. Levites served them as officers. 


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II Chronicles 20

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II Chronicles 20: 1 - 4

Several surrounding nations amassed a huge army to attack Judah. From Jehoshaphat on down, the people fasted and prayed to God for help.


II Chronicles 20: 5 - 12

Jehoshaphat led them in a prayer. He asked God to drive their enemies out, just as He had done many times before. 


II Chronicles 20: 13 - 17

All Judah was assembled. God spoke through several of the Levites there. He told them to not be afraid. He told them where they would find the enemy the next day. They were to go and stand firm. God would do all the fighting. All they had to do was watch. 


II Chronicles 20: 18 - 19

Judah fell down and worshiped God. They stood and praised Him. 


II Chronicles 20: 20 - 23

Judah got up the next morning and did what God had told them. They stood their ground. They sang songs. God turned their enemies on one another and they destroyed each other without Judah having to do a thing. 


II Chronicles 20: 24 - 30

Judah then collected the spoils from the battlefield. There was so much that it took them 3 days to get all of it. On the 4th day they blessed God and returned home rejoicing. The nations around them began to fear God after hearing that He fought their battles. There was peace for the remainder of Jehoshaphat's reign. 


II Chronicles 20: 31 - 34

Jehoshaphat reigned for 25 years. He was a good king like Asa, his father. He followed God. However, he did not remove the idols from the land. His acts are recorded here and in other books that are mentioned including Kings. 


II Chronicles 20: 35 - 37

Jehoshaphat joined in a ship building venture with Amaziah of Israel. God did not approve of this and destroyed all their ships. 

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II Chronicles 21

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II Chronicles 21: 1 - 7

Jehoshaphat died and was buried in Jerusalem. Jehoram reigned after this. He had six brothers who received great gifts and wealth from Jehoshaphat, but the kingdom was given to Jehoram. Jehoram had them all killed, along with other princes of Israel. He was 32 when he began ruling and reigned for 8 years. He was as evil as Ahab because Ahab’s daughter was his wife. However, God would not destroy them because of the covenant He had made with the house of David. 


II Chronicles 21: 8 - 10

During Jehoram’s reign, Edom rebelled and set up their own king. Jehoram led a battle against them but their rebellion continued. Libnah also revolted because Jehoram had forsaken God. 


II Chronicles 21: 11 - 15

Jehoram led Judah into idolatry. Elijah prophesied a great plague would be brought upon Jehoram for the evil he had committed. This would lead to a painful death for Jehoram involving a stomach disease. 


II Chronicles 21: 16 - 17

The Philistines and the Arabs invaded and plundered Judah. They took away all of Jehoram’s sons except for Jehoahaz, his youngest. 


II Chronicles 21: 18 - 20

God struck Jehoram with a stomach disease which pained him for 2 years before killing him in a painful death. The people did not honor him after his death. He was not even buried in the tomb of the kings. 

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II Chronicles 22

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II Chronicles 22: 1 - 6

All the older sons were killed, so the people made Ahaziah the youngest son their king. He was 22 when his reign began and he ruled for 1 year in Jerusalem. His mother was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. He was as wicked as Ahab because his mother was his counselor and she was evil. He was getting bad advice from her as well as all his other counselors. They advised him to join with Joram of Israel to fight Hazael of Syria. Joram was the son of Ahab. He was wounded in the battle. Ahaziah went to see him in Jezreel because of his wounds. 


II Chronicles 22: 7 - 9

This was all brought about by God. It was during this visit that Jehu was executing God’s judgment on the house of Ahab for all the evils they had done. Jehu killed Ahaziah and his brothers while he was executing the annihilation of the house of Ahab. They did allow Ahaziah to be buried because his grandfather Jehoshaphat was a good king and served God. There were no heirs at that time. 


II Chronicles 22: 10 - 12

Athaliah took advantage of this by having all the royal family killed. However, Joash was hidden away and survived this bloodbath. He remained hidden in the Temple for 6 years as Athaliah usurped the throne. 

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II Chronicles 23

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II Chronicles 23: 1 - 7

Jehoiada the priest gathered supporters for Joash in the 7th year and went to Jerusalem. The Levites became his protection force as Jehoiada began his efforts to retake the throne from Athaliah, who had usurped God’s order. 


II Chronicles 23: 8 - 11

The Levites had the people with them. They crowned Joash and pronounced that he was now king. They surrounded and protected the king, shouting “long live the king.”


II Chronicles 23: 12 - 15

When Athaliah heard the noise and saw what was happening, she yelled that it was treason. They had her led out. All those who had supported her usurpation were executed. Athaliah was executed at the horse gate of the king’s house. 


II Chronicles 23: 16 - 21

Jehoiada made a covenant with the people to remain God’s people. They tore down the temple of baal and executed all the priests that worked there. He brought back worship in the Temple following the Mosaic Law. The people rejoiced and the city was quiet after the execution of Athaliah. 


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II Chronicles 24

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II Chronicles 24: 1 - 3

Joash was 7 when he became king. His reign lasted 40 years. He did what was right in God’s eyes all the days of Jehoiada’s priesthood. Jehoiada got 2 wives for Joash and he had sons and daughters. 


II Chronicles 24: 4 - 7

Joash decided to restore the Temple. He gathered the priests and Levites together to go out to the people and collect money for this. He told them to go quickly, but they did not. He called in Jehoiada and asked him why they were not getting this done. This had to be done because the sons of Athaliah had broken into the Temple and stolen all the dedicated things to use in worshiping baal. 


II Chronicles 24: 8 - 14

A chest was set up outside the gates for the people to deposit the Mosaic tax. They gladly paid the tax. The chest would fill quickly and have to be emptied regularly. There was money in abundance. This was used to hire masons and builders to repair and strengthen the Temple. They used the leftover money for utensils used in the sacrifices. They offered burnt offerings all the days of Jehoiada. 


II Chronicles 24: 15 - 16

Jehoiada died at the age of 130. He was buried among the kings because of the service he had performed for Judah during his lifetime. 


II Chronicles 24: 17 - 19

After Jehoiada’s death, Joash began to listen to the princes instead of priests. They abandoned the Temple and began to worship idols once again. The wrath of God came on them for this. He sent prophets to testify against them, but they would not listen and would not turn back to God. 


II Chronicles 24: 20 - 22

The Holy Spirit guided Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada to speak out against their sins. They conspired against Zechariah and he was stoned to death in the Temple court. The order came from Joash. Zechariah’s dying words called for God to bring vengeance. 


II Chronicles 24: 23 - 24

At the end of the year the Syrians attacked. They killed a lot of people and looted. They sent the spoils back to Damascus. Though the Syrian army was small, God gave them the victory because of the idolatry in Jerusalem. They executed judgment on Joash. 


II Chronicles 24: 25 - 27

Joash was severely wounded in the battle. His servants conspired and assassinated him because of his treachery against Zechariah. Joash was buried in Jerusalem but not with the kings. His son Amaziah became king. 

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II Chronicles 25

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II Chronicles 25: 1 - 4

Amaziah was 25 when he began his reign. It lasted for 29 years. He did right in God’s eyes, but not whole heartedly. His first act as king was to kill the servants who had assassinated his father. However, he followed the Mosaic Law and didn’t put their children to death. 


II Chronicles 25: 5 - 13

He began assembling an army. He had 300,000 men aged 20 and up who were fit for fighting. He hired 100,000 more from Ephraim in Israel. A prophet told him not to take the paid soldiers with them into battle. Amaziah discharged them and they became angry with Judah because of this. God led Amaziah to victory. However, the Ephraimite army he had discharged raided cities in Judah killing 3000 and taking a lot of spoils. 


II Chronicles 25: 14 - 16

After the battle, Amaziah began worshiping the idols of the Edomites he had captured in the war. God sent a prophet to warn him, but Amaziah refused to heed his warning and had him dismissed. The prophet told Amaziah God had determined to destroy him. 


II Chronicles 25: 17 - 19

Amaziah then sent for Joash of Israel for a meeting. Joash sent a taunt in his refusal of the meeting, saying Judah beat Edom and now thinks they belong with Israel in stature. 


II Chronicles 25: 20 - 24

Amaziah would not listen because this was how God was going to destroy him for his idolatry. Israel and Judah fought a battle at Beth-Shemesh. Judah was defeated and all the soldiers ran away to their homes. Israel captured Amaziah and tore down portions of the wall of Jerusalem. They took all the gold and valuables from the Temple. They took treasure from the king’s house and hostages. 


II Chronicles 25: 25 - 28

Amaziah outlived Joash by 15 years. You can read about the rest of his acts in the Book of Kings. He was assassinated and buried with the kings in Jerusalem. 

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