Introduction: The book of 2 Kings and the book of 1 Kings originally comprised a single volume, which was entitled "Kings." The two books were divided by early scribes and translators in order to copy the lengthy text of the book on separate scrolls and codexes.
The book of 2 Kings provides us with an inspired and interpretive history of the kings of Israel and Judah. It begins with the reign of Israel's King Ahaziah and Judah's King Jehoshaphat. It concludes with the captivities of both kingdoms, Israel's captivity to Assyria and Judah's captivity to Babylon.
2 Kings 4:33 — Prayer is best prayed behind closed doors, with the world shut out from us and us shut in with the Lord.
2 Kings 20:1-7 — Sometimes divine healing requires a poultice, as well as a prayer.
2 Kings 20:12-19 — The wealth and weapons of a nation are endangered when its enemies, who feign to be its friends, are permitted to examine its storehouses and armory.
2 Kings 21:4-5 — No living sacrifices can be made and no true temple of God found where there is more than one altar. (see also Romans 12:1)
2 Kings 22:3-13 — When the Word of God is lost in the house of God, the house of God stands in bad need of repair from the people of God.
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