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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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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 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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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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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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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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How is mere mocking of Elisha by young lads deserving of them being torn up by she bears? 2 kings 2:23,24 [NASB] [duplicate]

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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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 ...
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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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In Isaiah 8:4 how could the boy not know how to cry "my father" or "my mother" by the time Samaria was plundered?

The prophet pronounces that Samaria will be plundered before his son knows how to cry "my father" or "my mother" Isaiah 8:4 ESV 4 for before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father’ ...
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Disciples' hard hearts in Mark 6:52 meant Jesus is unrecognized as Christ (instead of a Prophet like Elisha) for a greater miracle than 2 Kings 4:43?

Based on Mark 6:52 we notice the disciples' observations of previously Feeding 5,000-men from 5-Loaves during [Mark 6:41-44] was considered "hard-hearted" since the disciples did not ...
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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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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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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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Was Mal’ak of YHVH מַלְאַ֣ךְ יְהֹוָ֗ה definitive in [2 Kings 19:35], “an angel” (MT) or “the angel” (KJV)?

KJV translates the title “ἄγγελος κυρίου“ from LXX as a definitive title “the angel of the Lord”, although the Hebrew text excludes a definitive “Ha-” הַ for this מַלְאַ֣ךְ Mal’ak. [2 Kings 19:35, KJV]...
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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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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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What is the purpose of Elijah's travels?

At the beginning of 2 Kings 2, Elijah travels from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to the Jordan before being taken up in the whirlwind. Elisha then mostly reverses this course crossing back over the ...
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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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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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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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Does 2 Kings 13:21 foreshadow the event in Matthew 27:52? [closed]

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 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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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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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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(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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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What was the "death in the pot" in 2 Kings 4:38-41?

2 Kings 4:38-41 (NIV) .. One of them .. found a wild vine and picked ... its gourds ... he cut them up into the pot of stew... they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And ...
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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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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 ...