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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Summary of the Book of Second Chronicles

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
  1. Introduction.
    1. Unnamed authors supplement information given in the books of Samuel and Kings
      1. The work may have been compiled by Ezra after the Babylonian exile
      2. It deals with the kingdom of Judah and ignores the kingdom of Israel
      3. It is more concerned with the religious than with the civil aspects of Jewish history
      4. Its emphasis is upon the priesthood and temple worship
    2. It gives a historical perspective of Judah
      1. It is a basis for the restoration of the kingdom of Judah
      2. Stress is placed on the religious nature of Judahís history and future
  2. Reign of Solomon (1:1 to 9:31)
    1. Building of the temple (1:1 to 7:22)
      1. Solomon offers a thousand burnt offerings at Gibeon (1:1-6)
      2. Solomonís wisdom, strength, and wealth (1:7-17)
      3. Solomonís Temple (2:1 to 4:22)
        1. Request for material and workers (2:1-10)
        2. Huram of Tyre grants the request (2:11-16)
        3. Strangers in Israel assigned to construction work (2:17-18)
        4. Place, time, and dimensions of the temple (3:1-17)
        5. Altar, basin and lavers, candlesticks, tables, and tools (4:1-22)
      4. The ark of the covenant brought into the Temple and the glory of God filled the Temple (5:1-14)
      5. Solomonís prayer of dedication (6:1-42)
      6. Jehovah accepts the sacrifices by fire (7:1-3)
      7. A great national feast with rejoicing and worship (7:4-11)
      8. Promises made to Solomon (7:12-22)
    2. Solomonís prosperity and fame (8:1 to 9:31)
      1. Rebuilding and occupying 20 cities in Galilee (8:2, 1 Kings 9:11-13)
      2. Capturing and securing other cities (8:3-6)
      3. Canaanites left in the land reduced to slavery (8:7-8)
      4. Israelites promoted (8:9-10)
      5. Built a palace for Pharoahís daughter, whom he had married (8:11)
      6. Solomonís sacrifices on the altar of Jehovah (8:12-13)
      7. Solomon was true to Davidís arrangement of worship (8:14-15)
      8. Solomon built two port cities and stimulated commerce (8:16-17)
      9. Visit from queen of Sheba (9:1-12)
      10. Solomonís gold and silver (9:13-14)
      11. Solomonís throne, vessels, and riches (9:15-28)
      12. Solomonís death (9:29-31)
  3. Reigns of Selected Kings of Judah
    1. Reign of Rehoboam (10:1 to 12:16)
      1. All Israel came to Shechem to make Rehoboam king (10:1)
      2. Jeroboam recalled from Egypt to request relaxation (10:2-5)
      3. Rehoboam answer the request roughly (10:6-15)
      4. Ten tribes revolt and Rehoboam flees to Jerusalem (10:16-19)
      5. Rehoboam forbidden to fight against the rebelling tribes (11:1-4)
      6. Rehoboam strengthens his defenses (11:5-17)
      7. Rehoboamís wives and children (11:18-23)
      8. Rehoboam forsakes Jehovah and Egypt invades Judah (12:1-5)
      9. Rehoboam repents at the rebuke of Godís prophet (12:6-12)
        1. King of Egypt takes away the shields of gold and other treasure from the temple (12:9)
        2. Rehoboam makes replacement shields of brass (12:10)
      10. Reign and death of Rehoboam (12:13-16)
    2. Reign of Abijah (13:1-22)
      1. Abijah begins to reign and makes war with Israel (13:1-3)
      2. Abijah declares his case against Israel Ė a holy war (13:4-12)
      3. Judah has a great victory over Israel (13:13-20)
      4. The wives, children, and death of Abijah (13:21-22)
    3. Reign of Asa (14:1 to 16:14)
      1. Asa destroys idols and promotes true worship (14:1-5)
      2. Asa builds forts and trains an army (14:6-8)
      3. Asa defeats the Ethiopians in a war at Maresha (14:9-15)
      4. Asa and the people make a covenant with God (15-1-15)
      5. Asa removes his mother from being queen (15:16-17)
      6. Asa refurbishes the temple and reigns in peace (15:17-18)
      7. Asa aligns with Syria to defeat Baasha, king of Israel (16:1-6)
      8. Asa rebuked by the prophet Hanani whom Asa puts in prison (16:7-10)
      9. Asa completes his reign and dies in Jerusalem (16:11-14)
    4. Reign of Jehosaphat (17:1 to 20:37)
      1. Jehosaphat was a good man who caused the people to be taught the law of God and to be reminded of their history (17:1-9)
      2. Jehosaphat trained a standing army (17:10-19)
      3. Jehosaphat joined affinity with Ahab of Israel (18:1-34)
        1. False prophets foretold a victory against Ramath-gilead (18:5-7)
        2. Micaiah was called at the request of Jehosaphat (18:8-27)
        3. Ahab killed in the battle (18:28-34)
      4. Jehosaphat returned to Jerusalem in peace (19:1-11)
        1. Jehosaphat rebuked by Jehu the prophet (19:2-3)
        2. Jehosaphat repaired his way before God (19:4-11)
      5. Jehosaphat gains a great victory over his enemies (20:1-34)
        1. Ammon, Moab came against Judah (20:1-2)
        2. Jehosaphat feared and proclaimed a fast (20:3-13)
        3. Victory prophesied (20:14-19)
        4. Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir destroy themselves (20:20-25)
        5. Judah enriched by the spoils (20:26-34)
      6. Jehosaphat compromises with the king of Israel (20:35-37)
    5. Reign of Jehoram (21:1-20)
      1. Jehoram killed his own brothers (20:1-4)
      2. Jehoram had Ahabís daughter for his wife (20:5-6)
      3. Jehoram followed the ways of the kings of Israel (20:6-7)
      4. Edom and Libnah revolted against Judah (20:8-11)
      5. Elijah prophesied a miserable end for Jehoram (20:12-15)
      6. Wars with Phlistia, the Arabians, and the Ethiopians (20:16-17)
      7. Jehoram dies a miserable death (20:18-20)
    6. Reign of Ahaziah, an evil king (22:1-9)
    7. Reign of Athaliah, mother of Ahaziah (22:10 to 23:15)
      1. Athaliah killed the royal seed, except Joash (22:10-12)
      2. Athaliah put to death by order of the high priest (23:1-15)
    8. Reign of Joash (23:16 to 24:27)
      1. Images of Baal in Jerusalem destroyed, and worship of Jehovah restored (23:17-21)
      2. Joash made king at the age of seven (24:1-3)
      3. Joash repaired the temple (24:4-14)
      4. Joash apostatizes (24:15-22)
      5. Syrian invasion of Judah (24:23-24)
      6. Joashís servants conspired against him and killed him (24:15-27)
    9. Reign of Amaziah (25:1-28)
      1. Amaziah served Jehovah, but not with a perfect heart (25:1-4)
      2. Amaziah defeats the Edomites (24:5-13)
      3. Amaziah worships idols (25:14-16)
      4. Amaziah provokes Joash of Israel to war (25:17-24)
      5. Amaziah killed by his own people (25:25-28)
    10. Reign of Uzziah (26:1-23)
      1. Uzziah had great success in commerce and war (26:1-15)
      2. Uzziah usurps priestly office and is punished with leprosy (26:16-21)
      3. Uzziah dies (26:22-23)
    11. Reign of Jotham (27:1-9)
      1. Jotham was a good king (27:1-4)
      2. Jotham defeated the Ammonites (27:5-6)
      3. Jotham dies and is buried (27:7-9)
    12. Reign of Ahaz (28:1-27)
      1. Ahaz was evil and was delivered to the Syrians (28:1-5)
      2. Ahaz becomes even more wicked (28:6-25)
      3. Ahaz dies and is succeeded by Hezekiah (28:26-27)
    13. Reign of Hezekiah (29:1 to 32:33)
      1. Hezekiah was a good king (29:1-2)
      2. Hezekiah lead a restoration of pure worship (29:3-11)
      3. Hezekiah restores the Levitical priesthood (29:12-19)
      4. Hezekiahís sacrifices (29:20-36)
      5. Hezekiah lead in observance of passover (30:1-12)
      6. The feast of unleavened bread is kept (30:13-27)
      7. Idol images destroyed (31:1)
      8. Levitical worship and tithing restored (31:2-10)
      9. Officers appointed to receive the tithe (31:11-19)
      10. Hezekiahís zeal and sincerity (31:20-21)
      11. Assyria (Sennacherib) invades Judah (32:1-8)
      12. Threats of Sennacheribís messengers (32:9-20)
      13. An angel of God defeats the Assyrians (32:21-23)
      14. Sickness and recovery (32:24-26)
      15. Hezekiahís wealth and accomplishments (32:27-31)
      16. Hezekiahís death and burial (32:32-33
    14. Reign of Manasseth (33:1-20)
      1. Manasseth was a wicked king (33:1-2)
      2. Manasseth re-established idolatry in Jerusalem (33:3-10)
      3. Manasseth punished (33:11)
      4. Manasseth sought the Lord and was forgiven (33:12-17)
      5. Manassethís works and death (33:18-20)
    15. Reign of Amon (33:21-25)
      1. Amon a wicked king (33:26-23)
      2. Amon was assassinated by his servants (33:24-25)
    16. Reign of Josiah (34:1-35:27)
      1. Josiah a good king (34:1-2)
      2. Josiah purges idolatry from the land (34:3-7)
      3. Temple restored (34:8-13)
      4. Book of the law found in the temple and read to Josiah (34:14-22)
      5. Inquiry made of Huldah, the prophetess (34:23-28)
      6. Josiah and the people renew the covenant (34:29-33)
      7. Josiah leads the nation in keeping the passover (35:1-20)
      8. Josiah killed in a war with Necho of Egypt (35:21-24)
      9. Lamentation for and burial of Josiah (35:25-27)
    17. Reign of Jehoahaz (36:1-3)
      1. Jehoahaz reigned three months (36:1-2)
      2. Jehoahaz deposed by the king of Egypt (36:3)
    18. Reign of Jehoakim (36:4-8)
      1. King of Egypt made Eliakim, Jehoahazí brother, king and changed his name to Jehoakim (36:4)
      2. Jehoakim was an evil king (36:5)
      3. Defeated by Nebuchadnezzar and carried to Babylon (36:7-8)
    19. Reign of Jehoichin (36:9-10)
      1. Jehoichin, though young, was an evil king (36:9)
      2. Nebuchadnezzar carried him to Babylon (36:10)
    20. Reign of Zedekiah (36:11-14)
      1. Zedekiah was an evil king (36:11-12)
      2. Zedekiah rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar (36:13)
      3. Nebuchadnezzar returns to utterly destroy Jerusalem (36:14-21)
  4. Proclamation by Cyrus for Jews to return to Jerusalem (36:22-23)


H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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