2 Chronicles
Introduction
Introduction

The contents of the second book of Chronicles immediately connects to the first book of Chronicles. Both books form a whole. The history of David, who is mainly mentioned in the first book, and that of Solomon, with whom the second book begins, also form a whole.

The fact that the two books form a whole can also be seen from the overall layout of the two books:
1. Genealogies from Adam to David (1 Chronicles 1-9)
2. The rise and reign of David (1 Chronicles 10-29)
3. The reign of Solomon (2 Chronicles 1-9)
4. The kings of Judah (2 Chronicles 10-36)

The second book of Chronicles begins with the reign of Solomon and the building of the temple. Then follow the stories of the kings of Judah from the house of David and its decay. The book ends with the exile of the people and the destruction of the temple by Nebuchadnezzar.

However, the last two verses of the book also give a new beginning. In these verses we see the work of the Spirit in the Persian king Cyrus, who sends a proclamation throughout his kingdom that anyone who want to return to Jerusalem to build the house of the LORD is admitted to do so (2Chr 36:22-2322Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia—in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah—the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also [put it] in writing, saying,23“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!’”).


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