2Chronicles - Revised Standard Version (1966)
The Second Book of Chronicles takes up the history of the monarchy where the First Book breaks off. It begins with the account of the reign of Solomon from the special viewpoint of the Chronicler. The portrait of Solomon is an idealized one; he appears as second only to David. The great achievement of the building of the temple and the magnificence of Solomon's court are described in detail while the serious defects of his reign are passed over without comment. All this is in keeping with the Chronicler's purpose of stressing the supreme importance of the temple and its worship. He wishes to impress on his readers the splendor of God's dwelling and the magnificence of the liturgy of sacrifice, prayer and praise offered there. Judah's kings are judged by their attitude toward the temple and its cult. To this ideal of one people, united in the worship of the one true God at the temple of Jerusalem founded by David and Solomon, the restored community would have to conform. In treating the period of divided monarchy, the Chronicler gives practically all his attention to the kingdom of Judah. His omission of the northern Israelite kings is significant. In his view, the northern tribes of Israel were in religious schism as long as they worshiped Yahweh in a place other than the temple of Jerusalem. The Chronicler makes no mention of the important sanctuaries of Yahweh at Dan and Bethel-as though they had never existed. Nevertheless he retains the ancient ideal of "all Israel" (a phrase occuring forty-one times in Chronicles) as the people of God. The condition he places for a united people is that "the whole congregation of Israel" worship the Lord only in his temple at Jerusalem. This explains his praise of Kings Hezekiah and Josiah for striving, after the fall of Samaria, to unite the remnants of the northern tribes of Israel into the kingdom of Judah. At the end of the fifth century B.C., during the Chronicler's own time, "the people of the land" were the descendants of the people of all the tribes (including Judah) who had not gone into exile. These had become intermingled with aliens and had evolved a religion of Yahweh very different from the Judaism that developed during the Babylonian exile. Thus, religious and political cooperation between the returned exiles and these "people of the land" was out of the question for the Chronicler. This he clearly shows in the last part of his work, the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. - The Second Book of Chronicles is divided as follows: I. The Reign of Solomon (2 Chron 1:1-9:31) II. The Monarchy before Hezekiah (2 Chron 10:1-27:9) III. Reforms of Hezekiah and Josiah (2 Chron 28:1-36:1) IV. End of the Kingdom (2 Chron 36:2-23) - (NAB)

Headings



SECOND BOOK OF CHRONICLES


1 Solomon Requests Wisdom
Solomon's Military and Commercial Activity
2 Preparations for Building the Temple
Alliance with Huram of Tyre
3 Solomon Builds the Temple
4 Furnishings of the Temple
5 The Ark Brought into the Temple
6 Dedication of the Temple
Solomon's Prayer of Dedication
7 Solomon Dedicates the Temple
God's Second Appearance to Solomon
8 Various Activities of Solomon
9 Visit of the Queen of Sheba
Solomon's Great Wealth
Death of Solomon
10 The Revolt against Rehoboam
11 Judah and Benjamin Fortified
Priests and Levites Support Rehoboam
Rehoboam's Marriages
12 Egypt Attacks Judah
Death of Rehoboam
13 Abijah Reigns over Judah
14 Asa Reigns
Ethiopian Invasion Repulsed
16 Alliance with Aram Condemned
Asa's Disease and Death
17 Jehoshaphat's Reign
18 Micaiah Predicts Failure
Defeat and Death of Ahab
19 The Reforms of Jehoshaphat
20 Invasion from the East
Jehoshaphat's Prayer and Victory
The End of Jehoshaphat's Reign
21 Jehoram's Reign
Revolt of Edom
Elijah's Letter
Disease and Death of Jehoram
22 Ahaziah's Reign
Athaliah Seizes the Throne
23 Joash Crowned King
Athaliah Murdered
24 Joash Repairs the Temple
Apostasy of Joash
Death of Joash
25 Reign of Amaziah
Slaughter of the Edomites
Israel Defeats Judah
Death of Amaziah
26 Reign of Uzziah
Pride and Apostasy
27 Reign of Jotham
28 Reign of Ahaz
Aram and Israel Defeat Judah
Intervention of Oded
Assyria Refuses to Help Judah
Apostasy and Death of Ahaz
29 Reign of Hezekiah
The Temple Cleansed
Temple Worship Restored
30 The Great Passover
31 Pagan Shrines Destroyed
Reorganization of Priests and Levites
32 Sennacherib's Invasion
Sennacherib's Defeat and Death
Hezekiah's Sickness
Hezekiah's Prosperity and Achievements
33 Reign of Manasseh
Manasseh Restored after Repentance
Death of Manasseh
Amon's Reign and Death
34 Reign of Josiah
Discovery of the Book of the Law
The Prophet Huldah Consulted
The Covenant Renewed
35 Celebration of the Passover
Defeat by Pharaoh Neco and Death of Josiah
36 Reign of Jehoahaz
Reign and Captivity of Jehoiakim
Reign and Captivity of Jehoiachin
Reign of Zedekiah
The Fall of Jerusalem
Cyrus Proclaims Liberty for the Exiles

Version
Nova Vulgata - Latin
Biblia del Pueblo di Dio (BPD) - Spanish
Vulgata - Stuttgart 1969 - Latin
BÝblia Sagrada Ave-Maria (1957) - Portuguese
La Sainte Bible (Crampon 1904) - French
CEI (1974) - Italian
Einheits▄bersetzung der Heiligen Sc - German