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~2 Kings~

Bible Location:

The 12th book of the Bible located between 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles


Women Who Are Spoken Of In This Book:

  • Jezebel
  • The Widow
  • Shunammite woman


Date of Writing:
Approximately 560 and 540 B.C., though exact date of writing is not known


The Author Of This Book:


Brief Summary:

The book of 2nd Kings records the ministry of Elijah and Elisha and the capture of Israel and Judah. The book shows the consequences of obedience and disobedience to God. Hezekiah, the 14th king of Judah, “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” and institutes religious reform and destroying the images of other gods. God saves Jerusalem and the kingdom from an invasion by Assyria because of their obedience. But Manasseh, the next king, reverses the reforms, and God announces that he will destroy Jerusalem because of this disobedience by the king and the people.  God used Babylonian against Jerusalem to execute His wrath against them. The history of the nations of Israel and Judah is presented in the events of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.




Book Snipit:

The Books of 1 & 2 Kings (Hebrew: ספר מלכיםSepher M’lakhim – theses two books were originally one) they present the biblical history of ancient Israel and Judah from the death of David to the release of his successor Jehoiachin from imprisonment in Babylon, a period of some 400 years (c. 960 – c. 560 BCE).

Key Verses:

2 Kings 2:11, 2 Kings 17:18-20, 2 Kings 24:13-14


Key Words:
  YOU alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.


Notable Events In This Book:

  • Elisha’s ministry continues
  • The history of the kings of Israel and Judah continues



Key people in this book are:
Elijah, Elisha, Naaman, Jehu, Isaiah, Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar


Notable places are:
Israel & Judah

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