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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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