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The Story So Far

(Category 13 of 16)

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The Second Book of the


THE Book of Second Chronicles parallels First and Second Kings but virtually
ignores the northern kingdom of Israel because of its false worship and refusal
to acknowledge the temple in Jerusalem. Chronicles focuses on those kings who
pattern their lives and reigns after the life and reign of godly King David. It gives
extended treatment to such zealous reformers as Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah,
and Josiah.
The temple and temple worship, central throughout the book, befit a nation
whose worship of God is central to its very survival. The book begins with Solomon’s
glorious temple and concludes with Cyrus’s edict to rebuild the temple
more than four hundred years later.

Solomon Requests Wisdom


1 NOW aSolomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and bthe LORD his God was with him and cexalted him exceedingly.
2 And Solomon spoke to all Israel, to athe captains of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ houses.
3 Then Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to 1the high place that was at aGibeon; for the tabernacle of meeting with God was there, which Moses the servant of the LORD had bmade in the wilderness.
4 aBut David had brought up the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim to the place David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
5 Now athe bronze altar that bBezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, 1he put before the tabernacle of the LORD; Solomon and the assembly sought Him there.
6 And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and aoffered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7 aOn that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
8 And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great amercy to David my father, and have made me bking in his place.
9 “Now, O LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, afor You have made me king over a people like the bdust of the earth in multitude.
10 a“Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may bgo out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
11 aThen God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or

CHAPTER 1 References

1 a1 Kin. 2:46
bGen. 39:2
c1 Chr. 29:25
2 a1 Chr.
3 a1 Kin. 3:4
bEx. 25—27;
1Place for
4 a2 Sam.
5 aEx. 27:1, 2;
38:1, 2 bEx.
31:2 1Some
authorities it
was there
6 a1 Kin. 3:4
7 a1 Kin.
3:5–14; 9:2
8 aPs. 18:50
b1 Chr. 28:5
9 a2 Sam.
7:8–16 bGen.
10 a1 Kin. 3:9
bDeut. 31:2
11 a1 Kin.
12 a2 Chr. 9:22
13 1Place for
14 a1 Kin.
15 a2 Chr. 9:27
16 a1 Kin.
10:28; 22:36
17 1Lit. by
their hands

CHAPTER 2 References

1 a1 Kin. 5:5
2 a2 Chr. 2:18

honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—
12 “wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as anone of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

Solomon’s Military and Economic Power

13 So Solomon came to Jerusalem from 1the high place that was at Gibeon, from before the tabernacle of meeting, and reigned over Israel.
14 aAnd Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.
15 aAlso the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
16 aAnd Solomon had horses imported from Egypt and Keveh; the king’s merchants bought them in Keveh at the current price.
17 They also acquired and imported from Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for one hundred and fifty; thus, 1through their agents, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.

Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple


1 Then Solomon adetermined to build a temple for the name of the LORD, and a royal house for himself.
2 aSolomon selected seventy thousand men to bear burdens, eighty thousand to quarry stone in the mountains, and three thousand six hundred to oversee them.

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3 Then Solomon sent to 1Hiram king of Tyre, saying:

aAs you have dealt with David my father, and sent him cedars to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me.
4 Behold, aI am building a temple for the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to Him, bto burn before Him 1sweet incense, for cthe continual showbread, for dthe burnt offerings morning and evening, on the eSabbaths, on the New Moons, and on the 2set feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance forever to Israel.
5 And the temple which I build will be great, for aour God is greater than all gods.
6 aBut who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?
7 Therefore send me at once a man skillful to work in gold and silver, in bronze and iron, in purple and crimson and blue, who has skill to engrave with the skillful men who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem, awhom David my father provided.
8 aAlso send me cedar and cypress and algum logs from Lebanon, for I know that your servants have skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and indeed my servants will be with your servants,
9 to prepare timber for me in abundance, for the 1temple which I am about to build shall be great and wonderful.
10 aAnd indeed I will give to your servants, the woodsmen who cut timber, twenty thousand kors of ground wheat, twenty thousand kors of barley, twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.

11 Then Hiram king of Tyre answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon:

aBecause the LORD loves His people, He has made you king over them.

12 1Hiram also said:

aBlessed be the LORD God of Israel, bwho made heaven and earth, for He has given King David a wise son, endowed with prudence and understanding, who will build a

3 a1 Chr. 14:1
1Heb. Huram;
cf. 1 Kin. 5:1
4 a2 Chr. 2:1
bEx. 30:7 cEx.
25:30; Lev.
24:8 dEx.
eNum. 28:3,
9–11 1Lit.
incense of
5 aPs. 135:5;
[1 Cor. 8:5, 6] 6 a1 Kin. 8:27;
2 Chr. 6:18; Is.
7 a1 Chr. 22:15
8 a1 Kin. 5:6
9 1Lit. house
10 a1 Kin. 5:11
11 a1 Kin. 10:9;
2 Chr. 9:8
12 a1 Kin. 5:7
bGen. 1; 2;
Acts 4:24;
14:15; Rev.
10:6 1Heb.
Huram; cf.
1 Kin. 5:1
13 1Hiram,
1 Kin. 7:13
2Lit. father,
1 Kin. 7:13, 14
14 a1 Kin. 7:13,
15 a2 Chr. 2:10
16 a1 Kin. 5:8,
9 1Heb. Japho
17 a1 Kin. 5:13;
2 Chr. 8:7, 8
b1 Chr. 22:2
18 a2 Chr. 2:2

CHAPTER 3 References

1 a1 Kin. 6:1
bGen. 22:2–14
c1 Chr. 21:18;
22:1 1Lit. He,
following MT,
Vg.; LXX the
LORD; Tg. the
Angel of the
LORD 2Araunah,
2 Sam.
3 a1 Kin. 6:2;
1 Chr.
4 a1 Kin. 6:3;
1 Chr. 28:11
1The holy
place, the
main room of
the temple,
1 Kin. 6:3 2So
with MT,
Arab., some
LXX mss.,
Syr. twenty
5 a1 Kin. 6:17
b1 Kin. 6:15;
Jer. 22:14 1Lit.

temple for the LORD and a royal house for himself!
13 And now I have sent a skillful man, endowed with understanding, 1Huram my 2master craftsman
14 a(the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre), skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, purple and blue, fine linen and crimson, and to make any engraving and to accomplish any plan which may be given to him, with your skillful men and with the skillful men of my lord David your father.
15 Now therefore, the wheat, the barley, the oil, and the wine which amy lord has spoken of, let him send to his servants.
16 aAnd we will cut wood from Lebanon, as much as you need; we will bring it to you in rafts by sea to 1Joppa, and you will carry it up to Jerusalem.

17 aThen Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, after the census in which bDavid his father had numbered them; and there were found to be one hundred and fifty-three thousand six hundred.
18 And he made aseventy thousand of them bearers of burdens, eighty thousand stonecutters in the mountain, and three thousand six hundred overseers to make the people work.

Solomon Builds the Temple


1 Now aSolomon began to build the house of the LORD at bJerusalem on Mount Moriah, where 1the LORD had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of cOrnan2 the Jebusite.
2 And he began to build on the second day of the second month in the fourth year of his reign.
3 This is the foundation awhich Solomon laid for building the house of God: The length was sixty cubits (by cubits according to the former measure) and the width twenty cubits.
4 And the avestibule that was in front of 1the sanctuary was twenty cubits long across the width of the house, and the height was 2one hundred and twenty. He overlaid the inside with pure gold.
5 aThe larger 1room he bpaneled with cypress which he overlaid with fine gold, and he carved palm trees and chainwork on it.
6 And he decorated the house with precious stones for beauty, and the gold was gold from Parvaim.
7 He also overlaid the house—the

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beams and doorposts, its walls and doors—with gold; and he carved cherubim on the walls.
8 And he made the aMost Holy Place. Its length was according to the width of the house, twenty cubits, and its width twenty cubits. He overlaid it with six hundred talents of fine gold.
9 The weight of the nails was fifty shekels of gold; and he overlaid the upper aarea with gold.
10 aIn the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim, fashioned by carving, and overlaid them with gold.
11 The wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits in overall length: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, touching the wall of the room, and the other wing was five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub;
12 one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, touching the wall of the room, and the other wing also was five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub.
13 The wings of these cherubim spanned twenty cubits overall. They stood on their feet, and they faced inward.
14 And he made the aveil of blue, purple, crimson, and fine linen, and wove cherubim into it.
15 Also he made in front of the 1temple atwo pillars 2thirty-five cubits 3high, and the capital that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
16 He made wreaths of chainwork, as in the inner sanctuary, and put them on top of the pillars; and he made aone hundred pomegranates, and put them on the wreaths of chainwork.
17 Then he aset up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand and the other on the left; he called the name of the one on the right hand 1Jachin, and the name of the one on the left 2Boaz.

Furnishings of the Temple


1 Moreover he made aa bronze altar: twenty cubits was its length, twenty cubits its width, and ten cubits its height.
2 aThen he made the 1Sea of cast bronze, ten cubits from one brim to the other; it was completely round. Its height was five cubits, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.
3 aAnd under it was the likeness of oxen encircling it all around, ten to a cubit, all the way around the Sea. The oxen were cast in two rows, when it was cast.
4 It stood on twelve aoxen: three looking toward the north, three looking toward the west, three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; the Sea was set

8 aEx. 26:33;
1 Kin. 6:16
9 a1 Chr. 28:11
10 aEx.
1 Kin. 6:23–28
14 aEx. 26:31;
Matt. 27:51;
Heb. 9:3
15 a1 Kin.
7:15–20; Jer.
52:21 1Lit.
house 2eighteen,
1 Kin.
7:15; 2 Kin.
25:17; Jer.
52:21 3Lit.
16 a1 Kin. 7:20
17 a1 Kin. 7:21
1Lit. He Shall
Establish 2Lit.
In It Is

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aEx. 27:1, 2;
2 Kin. 16:14;
Ezek. 43:13,
2 aEx.
1 Kin. 7:23–26
1Great laver
or basin
3 a1 Kin.
4 a1 Kin. 7:25
5 1About 8,000
gallons; two
1 Kin. 7:26
6 a1 Kin. 7:38,
40 bEx.
1Great basin
7 a1 Kin. 7:49
bEx. 25:31;
1 Chr. 28:12,
8 a1 Kin. 7:48
b1 Chr. 28:17
9 a1 Kin. 6:36
b2 Kin. 21:5
10 a1 Kin. 7:39
11 a1 Kin.
12 a1 Kin. 7:41
13 a1 Kin. 7:20
14 a1 Kin. 7:27,
16 a1 Kin. 7:45;
2 Chr. 2:13
1Lit. father
17 1Zaretan,
1 Kin. 7:46
18 a1 Kin. 7:47
19 a1 Kin.
7:48–50 bEx.
20 aEx. 27:20,
21 aEx. 25:31
22 1Lit. house


upon them, and all their back parts pointed inward.
5 It was a handbreadth thick; and its brim was shaped like the brim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It contained 1three thousand baths.
6 He also made aten lavers, and put five on the right side and five on the left, to wash in them; such things as they offered for the burnt offering they would wash in them, but the 1Sea was for the bpriests to wash in.
7 aAnd he made ten lampstands of gold baccording to their design, and set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left.
8 aHe also made ten tables, and placed them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left. And he made one hundred bbowls of gold.
9 Furthermore ahe made the court of the priests, and the bgreat court and doors for the court; and he overlaid these doors with bronze.
10 aHe set the Sea on the right side, toward the southeast.
11 Then aHuram made the pots and the shovels and the bowls. So Huram finished doing the work that he was to do for King Solomon for the house of God:
12 the two pillars and athe bowlshaped capitals that were on top of the two pillars; the two networks covering the two bowl-shaped capitals which were on top of the pillars;
13 afour hundred pomegranates for the two networks (two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowl-shaped capitals that were on the pillars);
14 he also made acarts and the lavers on the carts;
15 one Sea and twelve oxen under it;
16 also the pots, the shovels, the forks—and all their articles aHuram his 1master craftsman made of burnished bronze for King Solomon for the house of the LORD.
17 In the plain of Jordan the king had them cast in clay molds, between Succoth and 1Zeredah.
18 aAnd Solomon had all these articles made in such great abundance that the weight of the bronze was not determined.
19 Thus aSolomon had all the furnishings made for the house of God: the altar of gold and the tables on which was bthe showbread;
20 the lampstands with their lamps of pure gold, to burn ain the prescribed manner in front of the inner sanctuary,
21 with athe flowers and the lamps and the wick-trimmers of gold, of purest gold;
22 the trimmers, the bowls, the ladles, and the censers of pure gold. As for the entry of the 1sanctuary, its inner doors to the Most Holy

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Place, and the doors of the main hall of the temple, were gold

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God the Rock of Salvation

1 IN aYou, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame.
2 aDeliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; bIncline Your ear to me, and save me.
3 aBe my 1strong refuge, To which I may resort continually; You have given the bcommandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.

4 aDeliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For You are amy hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.
6 aBy You I have been 1upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

7 aI have become as a wonder to many, But You are my strong refuge.
8 Let amy mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day.

9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies speak against me; And those who lie in wait for my life atake counsel together,
11 Saying, “God has forsaken him; Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.”

12 aO God, do not be far from me; O my God, bmake haste to help me! 13 Let them be 1confounded and consumed Who are adversaries of my life; Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor Who seek my hurt.

PSALM 71 References

1 aPs. 25:2, 3
2 aPs. 31:1 bPs.
3 aPs. 31:2, 3
bPs. 44:4 1Lit.
rock of refuge
or rock of
4 aPs. 140:1, 3
5 aJer. 14:8;
17:7, 13, 17;
6 aPs. 22:9, 10;
Is. 46:3 1sustained
the womb
7 aIs. 8:18;
Zech. 3:8;
1 Cor. 4:9
8 aPs. 35:28
10 a2 Sam.
12 aPs. 35:22
bPs. 70:1
13 1ashamed
17 aDeut. 4:5;
18 a[Is. 46:4] 19 aDeut. 3:24;
Ps. 57:10 bPs.
35:10 1great,
lit. to the
height of
20 aPs. 60:3
bHos. 6:1, 2
22 aPs. 92:1–3
b2 Kin. 19:22;
Is. 1:4
23 aPs. 103:4

14 But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

17 O God,You have taught me from my ayouth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.
18 Now also awhen I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.

19 Also aYour righteousness, O God, is 1very high, You who have done great things; bO God, who is like You?
20 aYou, who have shown me great and severe troubles, bShall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side.
22 Also awith the lute I will praise You— And Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O bHoly One of Israel.
23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, And amy soul, which You have redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long; For they are confounded, For they are brought to shame Who seek my hurt.




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