The book of Second Chronicles was written after Judah began to return from their exile in Babylon. It re-tells the history of Judah. It reassures the exiles of God’s faithfulness toward them.
In Hebrew, the book is called Divrei HaYamim, which means “The Matters of the Days.”
In Greek, it is called Παραλειπομένων (“Paralipoménōn”), which means “things left on one side.”
Our title in English comes from the 5th century scholar Jerome. He referred to the book as a chronikon.
The author is unknown, although many have thought that Ezra was the principal writer.
The books of First Chronicles and Second Chronicles were originally one scroll.
The earliest evidence of the division of the book into two is in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament, of about 200 BC.
They were written some time after 538 BC. That is, after Judah began to return from the Babylonian exile.
The books focus primarily on the history of Judah.
Second Chronicles begins with David’s son Solomon. Then it shifts to the kingdoms of Judah and Israel.
In the last chapter, Judah is destroyed and the people are taken into exile in Babylon.
In the final verses, Persian king Cyrus authorizes the return of the exiles and the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem.
THE REIGN OF SOLOMON
SOLOMON’S WISDOM AND PROSPERITY
CONSTRUCTING THE TEMPLE
DEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE
A FANFARE TO SOLOMON
KINGS AFTER SOLOMON
REHOBOAM KING OF ISRAEL
ABIJAH KING OF JUDAH
ASA KING OF JUDAH
JEHOSHAPHAT KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 17:1-6. Jehoshaphat becomes king of Judah
2 Chronicles 17:7-9. Jehoshaphat sends out teachers of the faith
2 Chronicles 17:10-19. The nation grows strong
2 Chronicles 18:1-8. Jehoshaphat makes an alliance with Ahab
2 Chronicles 18:9-27. Micaiah prophesies against war
2 Chronicles 18:28-34. The death of Ahab
2 Chronicles 19:1-11. Jehoshaphat evangelizes his nation
2 Chronicles 20:1-2. The army of Edom will attack
2 Chronicles 20:3-30. Jehoshaphat meets the enemy with a choir
2 Chronicles 20:31-37. Summary of the reign of Jehoshaphat
JEHORAM KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 21:1-20. Jehoram becomes king of Judah
AHAZIAH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 22:1-9. Ahaziah becomes king of Judah
ATHALIAH QUEEN OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 22:10-12. Athaliah becomes queen of Judah
JOASH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 23:1-11. Jehoiada the priest stages a coup
2 Chronicles 23:12-15. Queen Athaliah is executed
2 Chronicles 23:16-21. Jehoiada brings the nation back to the LORD
2 Chronicles 24:1-15. The temple restoration project
2 Chronicles 24:16-22. Joash promotes idol worship
2 Chronicles 24:23-27. Joash is assassinated
AMAZIAH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 25:1-28. Amaziah becomes king of Judah
UZZIAH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 26:1-15. Uzziah becomes king of Judah
2 Chronicles 26:16-23. Uzziah falls from grace
JOTHAM KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 27:1-9. Jotham becomes king of Judah
AHAZ KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 28:1-21. Ahaz becomes king of Judah
2 Chronicles 28:22-27. Ahaz locks people out of the temple of the LORD
HEZEKIAH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 29:1-3. Hezekiah becomes king of Judah
2 Chronicles 29:4-19. Hezekiah reopens the temple
2 Chronicles 29:20-36. Hezekiah hosts a grand rededication ceremony
2 Chronicles 30:1-27. Hezekiah celebrates the Passover
2 Chronicles 31:1-21. Reestablishment of proper worship
2 Chronicles 32:1-8. Sennacherib invades Judah
2 Chronicles 32:9-19. Sennacherib’s threats
2 Chronicles 32:20-23. The LORD rescues Judah
2 Chronicles 32:24-33. Hezekiah’s final years
MANASSEH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 33:1-20. Manasseh becomes king of Judah
AMON KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 33:21-25. Amon becomes king of Judah
JOSIAH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 34:1-8. Josiah becomes king of Judah
2 Chronicles 34:1-21. Hilkiah finds the scroll of the Torah
2 Chronicles 34:22-28. Josiah consults Huldah the prophetess
2 Chronicles 34:29-33. Josiah reforms the nation
2 Chronicles 35:1-19. Josiah celebrates the Passover
2 Chronicles 35:20-27. Josiah is killed in battle
JEHOAHAZ KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 36:1-4. Jehoahaz becomes king of Judah
JEHOIAKIM KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 36:5-8. Jehoiakim becomes king of Judah
JEHOIACHIN KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 36:9-10. Jehoiachin becomes king of Judah
ZEDEKIAH KING OF JUDAH
2 Chronicles 36:11-16. Zedekiah becomes king of Judah
THE FALL OF JERUSALEM
2 Chronicles 36:17-19. The Fall of Jerusalem
2 Chronicles 36:20-23. Seventy years of exile in Babylon
2 Chronicles 6:1. Then Solomon prayed, “O LORD, you have said that you would live in a thick cloud of darkness.” (NLT translation)
2 Chronicles 7:14. if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 12:14. He did that which was evil, because he didn’t set his heart to seek the LORD.
2 Chronicles 15:7. But you be strong, and don’t let your hands be slack; for your work will be rewarded.
2 Chronicles 16:9a. For the LORD’s eyes run back and forth throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
2 Chronicles 25:2. Amaziah did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight, but not wholeheartedly. (NLT translation)
2 Chronicles 27:6. Jotham continued to grow strong because he lived resolutely in the presence of the LORD, his God. (NAB translation)
2 Chronicles 31:21. In every work that he began in the service of God’s house, in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
2 Chronicles 33:10. The LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people; but they didn’t listen.
2 Chronicles 36:15. The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent to them by his messengers, rising up early and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place.
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