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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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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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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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Who was a greater king: Hezekiah or Josiah?

About Hezekiah, we read in 2 Kings 18:5-6: Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to ...
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How can John 3:13-14 be reconciled with what happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus?

While at least two people didn't die, Jesus spoke of only the Son of man ascending into heaven. Jesus next said the Son of man would need to be lifted up. John 3:13-14 (KJV) (Jesus said) “And ...
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Why does it say the Israelites chose Jeroboam as king of Israel in 2 Kings 17?

2 Kings 17:21 NLT For when the Lord tore Israel away from the kingdom of David, they chose Jeroboam son of Nebat as their king. Then Jeroboam drew Israel away from following the Lord and made them ...
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Why does Jehoash cry "The chariots and horsemen of Israel"?

When Elisha is about to die, Jehoash the king goes to visit Elisha and cries before him: Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and ...
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How is mere mocking of Elisha by young lads deserving of them being torn up by she bears? 2 kings 2:23,24 [NASB]

Elisha had just recently taken over the mantle from Elijah, not to mention all his God given powers, who he had witnessed being taken up, at God's behest, into the heavens in a whirlwind (2:11). ...
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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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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 property ...
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What is the significance of Elisha's staff in 2 Kings 4?

What is the significance of Elisha sending Gehazi to place the staff upon the boy's face in anticipation of his later arrival upon the scene in 2 Kings 4:29? 2 Kings 4:29 (NASB) Then he said to ...
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How did Elijah send a letter to King Jehoram, if Elijah had already been taken to heaven?

In 2 Chronicles 21, the wicked King Jehoram of Judah receives a letter from the prophet Elijah. The letter from Elijah said this, in part: “This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘....
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In the lists of kings for both Judah and Israel, is there a way to determine if kings were coregent and how that might effect the Biblical timeline?

For example, King David gave his son Solomon the throne while David was still alive to keep the peace within the kingdom (1 Kings 1:30-39). It was important that the rightful heir to David’s throne be ...
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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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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 does King Ahaz not want to join the coalition formed by the King of Israel and the King of Syria?

In a lot of the summaries that I've seen centering around Isaiah 7 and 8, the general sentiment goes: The Assyrians are invading the Kingdom of Israel. The kings of Israel and Syria form a coalition ...
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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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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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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 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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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 2 Kings 19
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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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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 Jehu massacre only Baal's functionaries or also his worshipers in 2 Kings 10?

The Biblical account narrates King Jehu's actions as destroying Baal worship in Israel. It describes a mass murder conducted by Jehu in which hundreds of Baal devotees are destroyed in the Temple of ...
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How did Elijah ascend to heaven?

In 2 Kings 2:11, it says that "...Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven". Question: What does up mean in this verse? Context: We know that if we stand on the surface of the earth and could ...
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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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Are some of God’s military promises conditional?

Though this is phrased as a theological question that is not meant for this site, I’m more trying to get exegetical responses. In relation to the incident in 2 Kings 3 with the battle of Yahweh vs ...
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How old were the youths mauled by bears?

In 2 Kings 2:23, a group of boys jeers Elisha. Various English translations render this "young boys", "young lads", "boys", "small boys". What kind of range does the Hebrew word behind this group of ...
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Was King Joash supposed to repair the temple?

Well actually my real question is, why didn’t Johoiada and the other priests use the money to repair the temple. Were they not supposed to? Were the priests using the money for personal means? Was ...
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In 2 Kings 2:9 what does it mean for Elisha to want "a double portion" from Elijah?

Answers on this question conclude that "portion" refers to inheritance. Just before Elijah is taken to Heaven, Elisha asks for a "double portion" of his spirit. 2 Kings 2:9 When they had crossed ...
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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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2 Kings 19:18 no gods at all or those weren’t really gods?

“and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed.” ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭19:18‬ ‭ Is the passage saying that there are ...
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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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What does "when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength" mean in 2 Kings 19:3?

In 2 Kings 19 king Hezekiah faces a great threat to Jerusalem from the Assyrian king. He delivers a message to Isiah with the following words: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace,...
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Who is the keeper of the wardrobe in 2 Kings 22 - does the Hebrew text resolve the ambiguity?

Who is the keeper of the wardrobe? So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, ...
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Did Hezekiah pay the tribute to Sennacherib?

2 Kings 18:14-16 (NIV) 14 So Hezekiah king of Judah sent this message to the king of Assyria at Lachish: “I have done wrong. Withdraw from me, and I will pay whatever you demand of me.” The king of ...
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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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What is the chronology of Hezekiah versus Shalmaneser?

I don't quite understand how Hezekiah relates chronologically to Shalmaneser. In Kings Chapter 18, it says that Sennacherib attacked Judah in the 14th year of Hezekiah. So, if this occurred in 701 BC, ...
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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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Wouldn't Hezekiah be better off if God has not extended his life by 15 years?

God extends Hezekiah's life by 15 years in 2 Kings 20:6. After that, bad things happen to him. 16Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: 17The time will surely come when everything ...
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Who misunderstood the servant girl's message in 2 Kings 5?

A servant girl advises Namaan that there is a prophet in Israel who can cure him of his leprosy but when the message finally reaches the king of Israel it is not clear who should cure Namaan. 2 Kings ...
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Sacrifice of the first-born son leads to fury

2 Kings 3:24-27 24 But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites. 25 They ...
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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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Is there a bible contradiction between 1 Kings 8:26 and 2 Chronicles 22:2? [duplicate]

How can we as Christians explain the supposed bible contradiction between both 2 Kings 8:26 and 2 Chronicles 22:2, where they both give an entirely different age for the reign of Ahaziah, would this ...
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What are the priests of the second order?

2 Kings 23:4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were ...
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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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What do the jeers towards Elisha of "Go on up" mean?

When Elisha is jeered by youths in 2 Kings 2:23-25 he is told (as many translations have it) to "Go up" or "Go on up". The new NIV (2011) renders this as "Get out of here." Is this a fair translation ...
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How to reconcile between Naaman's bowing in 2 Kings 5:19 and bowing Zephaniah 1:5?

2 Kings 5 18But 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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2 KIngs 7:7 Why had the Arameans not fled with their horses?

2 KIngs 7 5So they arose at twilight and went to the camp of the Arameans. But when they came to the outskirts of the camp, there was not a man to be found. 6For the Lord had caused the Arameans to ...
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Why Does the Bible Reference Other History Books?

I am considering 2 Kings 13:12 (KJV): And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the ...
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2 Kings 9:33 they trampled her underfoot vs Jehu rode over her

2 Kings 9:33 New International Version “Throw her down!” Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot. Christian Standard ...