Old Testament

2 Chronicles
The two books of Chronicles provide a second view of the history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The first view was supplied by the books of Samuel and Kings. Whereas Kings emphasizes the causes of the downfall of the two kingdoms, Chronicles emphasizes the preservation of the lines of the kings and priests in the kingdom of Judah. The book of 2 Chronicles covers the history of Judah from the reign of Solomon in the 10th century BC until the fall of Jerusalem in about 586 BC. Chronicles was written in the 5th century BC, around the time of Ezra. Ezra may have been the author or assembler of the material.
God Blesses Solomon With Wisdom and Possessions
11Solomon, the son of David, firmly established his rule over his kingdom. The Lord his God was with him and made him very great. 2Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of the units of a thousand and a hundred, to the judges, to all the leaders of all Israel, that is, to all the leading fathers.[]
3Solomon and the whole assembly with him went to the high place at Gibeon, because God's Tent of Meeting, which Moses, the servant of the Lord, had made in the wilderness, was located there.
4(David had brought up the Ark of God from Kiriath Jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem. 5But the bronze altar, which Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, was set up in front of the Tent of the Lord, so that was where Solomon and the assembly sought God.)
6Solomon went to the bronze altar there in the presence of the Lord at the Tent of Meeting, and he offered a thousand burnt offerings upon the altar.
7That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give to you.”
8Solomon said to God, “You have shown great mercy and faithfulness[] to my father David, and you have made me king in his place. 9Now, Lord God, let your commitment to David my father be fully realized, because you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10Now give me wisdom and knowledge, so that I can come and go[] before this people, for who is up to the task of judging[] this great people of yours?”
11God said to Solomon, “Because this was on your heart, and you did not ask for riches, possessions, and honor, or for the lives of those who hate you, or even for many days of life, and because you have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself so that you can judge my people, over whom I have made you king, 12wisdom and knowledge will be given to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, the likes of which the kings before you never had, nor will those who come after you.”
Solomon's Military and Economic Prosperity
13After Solomon had gone up to the high place in Gibeon, he returned from the Tent of Meeting to Jerusalem, and he ruled as king over Israel.
14Solomon accumulated chariots and charioteers. He had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand charioteers, and he stationed them in the chariot cities, as well as with the king in Jerusalem. 15In Jerusalem the king made silver and gold as plentiful as ordinary stones. He made cedar as plentiful as sycamore fig trees in the Shephelah.[] 16Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and Kue.[] The king's dealers bought them from Kue for the market price. 17They could import a chariot from Egypt for six hundred silver shekels and a horse for one hundred fifty. In the same way these dealers exported chariots to all the kings of the Hittites and Aram.


  • 1:1 In those passages of Chronicles which are close parallels to passages in Kings the EHV does not try to make the two translations word-for-word matches in all cases, even when the Hebrew wording may be identical. The two translations, which were made independently, have been compared and the wording harmonized, but some of the individual shading of the two translations may in some cases be preserved.
  • 1:2 The leaders of the societal units of Israel are regularly called fathers.
  • 1:8 The Hebrew word chesed has connotations of both mercy and faithfulness, so the translation here includes both concepts.
  • 1:10 Or carry out my duties
  • 1:10 Or ruling over
  • 1:15 That is, the western foothills
  • 1:16 Probably Cilicia, on the southeast coast of Turkey