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2 Kings presents the biblical view of history of ancient Israel and Judah from the death of David to the release of his successor Jehoiachin from imprisonment in Babylon.

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What was the usage of the “dove dung” mentioned in 2 Kings 6:25?

When reading about Samaria's condition, I have came across the following: 2 Kings 6:25 And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for ...
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What was the “book of the law” that Hilkiah found in 2 Kings 22:8?

2 Chronicles 17:7 In the third year of his [Jehoshaphat] reign he sent his officials ... 9 They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the Lord; they went around to all the ...
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2 Kings 17:38 Do not fear (or worship?) other gods

worship תִֽירְא֖וּ (ṯî·rə·’ū) Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural Strong's Hebrew 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten In https://biblehub.com/2_kings/17-38.htm, 19 of 26 ...
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Did God command Hazael to tell a lie to Ben-Hadad in 2 Kings 8:10?

2 Kings 8:9 Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him as a gift forty camel-loads of all the finest wares of Damascus. He went in and stood before him, and said, “Your son Ben-Hadad king of Aram has ...
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Shields of Judah

1 Kings 14:27 and 2 Chronicles 12:10 state that King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace the golden ones that King David had made because the golden ones were taken away. In 2 Kings 11:10 and 2 ...
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(John 3:14-15) Is Jesus Christ an idol? [closed]

Yeah, I know it is a provocative title, but I honestly think this is a very important question and I'd like some serious exploration. The question is "has Jesus become an idol like the serpent from ...
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Why did Elisha curse 42 boys?

2 Kings 2:23From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” 24He ...
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How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?

How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem? Answer1 2 Kings 8:26 (KJV): Two and twenty years old Answer2 2 Chronicles 22:2 (KJV): Forty and two years old
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Who spoke in 2 Kings 6:33?

2 Kings 6:33 KJV 33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the Lord; what should I wait for the Lord any longer? In the ...
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Who is the son of the murderer in 2 Kings 6:32?

2 Kings 6:32 NASB 32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. And the king sent a man from his presence; but before the messenger came to him, he said to the ...
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Why does the king blame Elisha for the siege and famine of Samaria in 2 Kings 6:31?

2 Kings 6:31 31 He said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!” After undergoing a siege which culminated in a severe ...
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A question about the 'double portion' Kings 2:9

"When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.(2 Kings 2:9-NIV) Can a ...
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Why was Hezekiah not rebuked for seeking a sign in 2 Kings 20

After the promise of healing and the subsequent healing process initiated King Hezekiah still goes on to ask for a sign 2 Kings 20:1-8 NASB In those days Hezekiah became [a]mortally ill. And ...
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In 2 Kings 1 did the Moabites rebel against Ahaziah before or after the Jehoshaphat incident in 2 Chronicles 20?

We are told of these two incidents which took place more or less around the same time and its not clear which one preceeded the other.Both incident just took place after the death of Ahab king of ...
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Did Elisha tell Hazael that Ben Hadad will recover in 2 Kings 8?

2 Kings 8:9-10 NIV 9 Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him as a gift forty camel-loads of all the finest wares of Damascus. He went in and stood before him, and said, “Your son Ben-Hadad king ...
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Does 2 Kings 17:33-34 refer to the Israelites or those that came with the king of Assyria?

Initially, the narrative is clearly directed at the children of Israel from verse 7-23 and then from verse 24-31 switches and addresses those that had came with the Assyrian king. But then from ...
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Cannibalism in the Bible

2 King 6:28-29 Then he asked her, "What's the matter?" She answered, "This woman said to me, 'Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we'll eat my son.' So we cooked my son and ...
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Why is Jehu called Zimri by Jezebel in 2 Kings 9:31?

2 Kings 9 NIV 31 As Jehu entered the gate, she asked, “Have you come in peace, you Zimri, you murderer of your master?”[e] Why did Jezebel call Jehu by the name Zimri or was Zimri the other name ...
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Is Matthew 27:52 an allusion to 2 Kings 13:21?

[Mat 27:49-53 KJV] 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias [IE: Elijah] will come to save him. 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, ...
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Who anointed Hazael as king of Aram?

1 Kings 19:15-16 NASB 15 The Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus, and when you have arrived, you shall anoint Hazael king over Aram; 16 and Jehu the son of ...
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בַּת צִיּוֹן in the Tanakh—Genitive of possession (Zion’s daughter) or appositional genitive (daughter Zion)?

In 2 Kings 19:21 (and other verses containing the phrase), should the phrase בַּת צִיּוֹן (bat Tzion) be understood as a genitive of possession (Zion’s daughter) or a genitive of apposition, equating ...
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Did God take the Samaritans out of Egypt (2 Kings 17:36)?

The origin of the Samaritans, as described in the book of Kings, is a group of people brought from Mesopotamia to Samaria by the Assyrians: The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, ...
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In 2 Kings 4:38-41 why did the prophets of Gilgal still put poison or death (Hades) in the pot after Elijah's and Elisha's reformation?

These were no ordinary prophets, they were rigorously schooled in the prophetic. How come trained prophets under the calibre of Elijah and Elisha still had no discernment between the precious and the ...
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Was the shunammite woman sarcastic or ungrateful in 2 kings 4?

Initial when the shunammite woman had been promised a child she seemed to doubt the word of prophet Elisha. 2 Kings 4:12 NASB 12 Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite.” And ...
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Did Jezebel also destroy the sons of Naboth as alluded to in 2 Kings 9?

When Jehu recounts the Naboth incident he seems to insinuate that Naboth died with his sons. 2 Kings 9:25-26 NASB 25 Then Jehu said to Bidkar his officer, “Take him up and cast him into the [z]...
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Was it the action of the two captains that caused the death of the hundred soldiers in 2 Kings 1?

Two captains and their men die after being sent to bring in Elijah who calls fire from heaven which consumes them. 2 Kings 1:9 KJV 9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. ...
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Do 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles contradict each other on Jehoiachin's age when taking the throne and duration of reign?

In Kings II 24:8 it is said that Jehoiachin was 18 when he ascended the throne and he reigned for 3 months. But in Chronicles II 36:9 it is said that he reigned for 3 months and 10 days. Also ...
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Why is the bloodshed of Jezreel to be avenged on the house of Jehu in Hosea 1:4?

After Elisha had instructed the young prophet to annoint Jehu as king of Israel,Jehu is also instructed to go & avenge the blood of the prophets & Lord's servants who had been killed by ...
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Is 2 Chronicles 35:26-27 referring to 2 Kings, or to a different book?

2 Chronicles 35:26-27 (NIV): 26 The other events of Josiah’s reign and his acts of devotion in accordance with what is written in the Law of the Lord— 27 all the events, from beginning to end, are ...
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Is God the creator / bringer of evil according to Isaiah 45:7 and 2 Kings 22:20?

At least two places in the Hebrew Bible can be understood as God bringing evil. Isaiah 45:7 KJV: I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. ...
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How can we reconcile the supposed contradiction in the above texts in 2 Kings 15:30 & 2 Kings 17:1?

(KJV) 2 Kings 15:30 30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son ...
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Why does Luke call the birth of Christ a sign in Luke 2:11-12?

(KJV) Luke 2:11-12 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling ...
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In Isaiah 7:3-7 why does the prophet Isaiah promise Judah that Ephraim & Syria will not attack & prevail against it?

(KJV) Isaiah 7:3-7 3 Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field; 4 And ...
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In 2 Kings 13:18, did Joash shoot three arrows or beat them against the ground by hand?

In 2 Kings 13:14–19, we have an interaction between Elisha and Joash, king of Israel, in which Elisha prophesies victory over Syria, but because of Joash's failure, the victory will only be a partial ...
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Who prophesied in 2 Kings 3:16-19, Elisha or the musician?

The Context In 2 Kings chapter 3, the Kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom are gathered together (v.9a) to go against Moab (v.5-6). But in the hunt with their armies, they were running out of water (v.9b)...
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Ancient custom to change vassal king's name

I noticed two places in the book of Kings where a king changes the name of his vassal king. One is found in 2 Kings 23:34 where Pharaoh Necho changed the name of his vassal king to Jehoiakim. The ...
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Does 2 Kings 24:6 suggest that King Jehoiakim died peacefully?

In 2 kings 24:6 it is recorded that king Jehoiakim died with his ancestors וישכב יהויקים עם אבותיו. This clearly implies that he died a natural peaceful death in his own land. However, in 2 ...
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In 2 Kings 8:11 was it Hazael or Elisha who settled his countanance stedfastly?

(KJV) 2 Kings 8:11 7 And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither. 8 And the king said unto Hazael, Take a ...
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Are these two raids or one continuous siege in 2 kings 25?

2 Kings 25:1 (KJV) 1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against ...
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Could Baalzebub be the name of a place rather than a god-king?

While researching another issue, I inspected 2 Kings 1:2 וישלח מלאכים ויאמר אלהם then he sends tasked-men/representatives and telling them לכו דרשו to go summon בְּבַעַל זְבוּב in Baal Zvuv ...
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Where was Elijah's hair?

Two modern translations of the Bible render 2 Kings 1:8 differently: They answered him, “He was a hairy man with a leather girdle bound about his loins.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.” [...
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Why did God change his mind concerning the anointing of Jehu by Elijah in 1 Kings 19?

1 Kings 19:15-18 (NKJV) 15 Then the LORD said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu ...
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What or whom does “them” reference in 2 Kings 17:22?

What or whom does "them" reference in 2 Kings 17:22? For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them (2 Kings 17:22 KJV) The Answers ...
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Are the 24 elders of Revelation Past Kings of Judah and Israel?

Revelation identifies 24 elders: Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. ...
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2 Kings 9 - Whose message did the assistant prophet deliver?

2 Kings 9 An assistant prophet (young prophet / prophet's servant / son of the prophet) is sent by Elisha to anoint Jehu and say "Thus saith the Lord, I have anointed thee king over Israel" (verse 3). ...
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Why do some parts of the books of Kings not appear in the books of Chronicles?

II Kings 14:28 KJV — Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are ...
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Why do Isaiah 37 and 2 Kings 19 contain the same verses?

If you read Isaiah 37 and compare it with 2 Kings 19, you will notice that these verses are the exact same. How is it possible or why is it that these verses are identical? Isaiah 37: https://www....
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Did God lose a fight to another deity?

2 Kings 3:26-27 reads 26 When the king of Moab realized he was losing the battle, he and 700 swordsmen tried to break through and attack the king of Edom, but they failed. 27 So he took his ...
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How old was Ahaz when Hezekiah was born?

How old would Ahaz have been when his son, Hezekiah was born? A cursory look at 2 Kings 16:1 and 18:1 suggest he may have only been eleven. (Ahaz was 20 when he became king and he reigned 16 years. ...
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Is 2 Kings 23:25 intended to be literal, King Josiah even better than King David?

With regards to this statement about Josiah: Before him there was no king alike him who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law ...