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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 is the significance of the Passover in 2 Kings 23:22?

2 Kings 23:22 ~ Neither in the days of the judges who led Israel nor in the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed. What is the significance of the ...
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2 Kings 20:13 Are spices valuable?

2 Kings 20:13 Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses--the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil--his armory and everything found among his ...
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2 Kings 23 What is the significance of these human bones?

2 Kings 23 13The king also desecrated the high places east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Corruption, which King Solomon of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, ...
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Who is the savior in 2 Kings 13:5?

2 Kings 13:5[ESV] Therefore the LORD gave Israel a savior, so that they escaped from the hand of the Syrians, and the people of Israel lived in their homes as formerly. Who is this savior?
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Jehu knew who killed the 70 sons of Ahab. Why did he ask “who killed all these?” as if he didn't know?

2 Kings 10:6-9 Then Jehu wrote them a second letter, saying, “If you are on my side and will obey me, take the heads of your master’s sons and come to me in Jezreel by this time tomorrow.” Now the ...
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What do a table, a chair and a lamp indicate as Elisha's routines in his small room?

2K 4:8 One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. 9She said to her husband, “I know that this ...
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If Jehu knows that Jezebel's body will be eaten by dogs why does he ask his servants to bury her body in the first place?

2 Kings 9:30 Now when Jehu arrived in Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. So she painted her eyes, adorned her head, and looked down from a window. 31 And as Jehu entered the gate, she asked, “Have you come ...
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Is Jehu a prophet?

24 Then Jehu drew his bow and shot Joram between the shoulders. The arrow pierced his heart, and he slumped down in his chariot. 25And Jehu said to Bidkar his officer, “Pick him up and throw him into ...
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Why did Elisha blame Jehoash for not striking the ground 5 or 6 times when Elisha wasn't specific in his instructions?

2 King 13:17 “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely ...
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Does 2 Kings 13:21 foreshadow the event in Matthew 27:52?

2 Kings 13: 20 And Elisha died and was buried. Now the Moabite raiders used to come into the land every spring. 21Once, as the Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders, so ...
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Did Elisha receive the gift from Ben-hadad specified in 2 Kings 8:9?

2 Kings 8: 7 Then Elisha came to Damascus while Ben-hadad king of Aram was sick, and the king was told, “The man of God has come here.” 8So the king said to Hazael, “Take a gift in your hand, go to ...
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Did the Shunammite woman expect Elisha to resurrect her son in 2 Kings 4:23?

2 Kings 4: 18And the child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the harvesters. 19“My head! My head!” he complained to his father. So his father told a servant, “Carry him to his ...
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How to reconcile Deuteronomy 20:19 with 2 Kings 3:19?

Deuteronomy 20:19 When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them ...
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Why did Hezekiah show the Babylonian foreign diplomatic envoys the wonders of the Israelite kingdom?Were Babylonian envoys spying?

I've always wondered why Hezekiah showed the Babylonian foreign diplomatic envoys all the wealth & power of the Israelite kingdom. Was Hezekiah just naive, and just talking too much(being loose ...
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In 2 Kings 17:11 LXX, what are “κοινωνοὺς καὶ ἐχάραξαν”?

The YLT, based on the Hebrew has: 2 Kings 17:11 YLT(i) 11 and make perfume there in all high places, like the nations that Jehovah removed from their presence, and do evil things to provoke Jehovah, ...
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2 Kings 3:27 Did Israel depart in victory or flee without the spoils?

“Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their ...
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Did Judah go to Babylon for captivity because of the error of Hezekiah or for the sins of Manasseh?

As I study the various accounts of the captivity of Judah, I have begun to encounter some difficulties over the remote cause of Judah's captivity in Babylon. Quite a number of commentators hold the ...
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(2 Kings 8:9-12) imagining/visualizing how Elisha's vision/revelation of Hazel's future destiny is gradually revealed in real time

My Assessment here spawns out of this Related Question: In 2 Kings 8:11 was it Hazael or Elisha who settled his countanance stedfastly? I'm trying to imagine/visualize how Elisha's vision of Hazel's ...
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(2 Kings 18:4, Genesis 3) Serpent worship and reading Genesis/Exodus

I'm reading 2 Kings 18:4 which references Numbers 21, [Hezekiah] removed the high places, broke down the pillars, and cut down the ashera pole. He broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had ...
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Why did Jehu suggest to his enemies to choose a king to fight him in 2 Kings 10:3?

After Jehu killed King Joram and his mother Jezebel, he planned to eliminate all the sons of Ahab. 2 Kings 10:1 Now there were in Samaria seventy sons of the house of Ahab. So Jehu wrote letters and ...
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Did Jehu put words in Elijah's mouth in 2 Kings 9:37?

Elijah prophecied in 1 Kings 21:23 “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’ 24“Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the ...
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Did Hezekiah surrender all his gold and silver to the king of Assyria in 2 Kings 18:16?

2 Kings 18:13 In the fourteenth year of Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked and captured all the fortified cities of Judah. 14So Hezekiah king of Judah sent word to the king of ...
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Did Elisha okay bowing down before an idol in 2 Kings 5:19?

2 Kings 5:18 But may the LORD forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master enters the temple of Rimmon to bow down and he is leaning on my arm and I have to bow there also--when I bow down ...
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Elisha fed a hundred men in 2 Kings 4:43. Was it a miracle?

2 Kings 4:42 A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” ...
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What was the “testimony” that was given to Jehoiada?

2 Kings 11:9-12: The captains did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they each brought his men who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the ...
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Joab was executed inside the temple while Athalia was brought outside to be executed. What's the significance? [closed]

1 Kings 2:30So Benaiah entered the tent of the Lord and said to Joab, “The king says, ‘Come out!’ ” But he answered, “No, I will die here.” Benaiah reported to the king, “This is how Joab answered me.”...
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Did God approve Jehu's lie in 2 Kings 10:18?

2 Kings 10:18 Then Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, “Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much. Jehu lied about this and set a trap for all the servants of Baal in ...
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How long had the Shunammite’s son been dead before Elisha resurrected him?

Elisha met a Shunammite and gave her a son in 2 Kings 4. 18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19He said to his father, “My head! My head!” His father ...
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Why did Jehu initially refuse to tell the officers what the prophet said?

I'm 2 Kings 9, Elisha dispatched a prophet to anoint Jehu king. He asked Jehu to follow him into an inner room and anointed him king. Following this encounter, he returned to his fellow officers: 11 ...
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2 Kings 2:14 Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah? [closed]

NIV 2 Kings 2:13 Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water ...
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2 Kings 9-10 genealogy question

2 Kings 9: 8 tell us that "The whole house of Ahab will perish." In chapter 10 we are told that Jehu did all that the Lord "had in mind to do." If the whole house of Ahab was ...
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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, ...