2 Kings

Outline of Second Kings

The Decline and Fall of Israel and Judah

I. From the Reign of Ahaziah to the Fall of Samaria, 1Ki_22:51 - 2Ki_17:1-41; 2Ki_18:9-12
1. The Reign of Ahaziah, 1Ki_22:51 - 2Ki_1:18
 2. The Translation of Elijah, 2Ki_2:1-25
 3. The Work of Elisha, II Kings 3:1-9:11
(1) Victory of Israel and Judah over Moab, 2Ki_3:1-27
 (2) The Widow’s Oil Multiplied, 2Ki_4:1-7
 (3) The Son of the Shunammite Restored to Life, 2Ki_4:8-37
 (4) The Healing of Naaman, 2Ki_5:1-27
 (5) The Discomfiture of the Syrians, 2Ki_6:8-23
 (6) The Siege of Samaria, 2Ki_6:24-33; 2Ki_7:1-20
 (7) The Property of the Shunammite Restored, 2Ki_8:1-6
 (8) Elisha and Hazael, 1Ki_8:7-15
(Reigns of Jehoram and Ahaziah in Judah, and Jehoram in Israel), 2Ki_8:16-29
(9) Elisha and the Anointing of Jehu, 2Ki_9:1-10
4. The Reign of Jehu, 2Ki_9:11-37; 2Ki_10:1-36
 5. The Reign of Joash in Judah, 2Ki_11:1-21; 2Ki_12:1-21
 6. The Reigns of Jehoahaz and Jehoash in Israel and Amaziah in Judah, 2Ki_13:1-25; 2Ki_14:1-20
 7. The Reign of Jeroboam II, 2Ki_14:23-29
 8. The Reign of Azariah in Judah, and the Reigns of Zachariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah and Pekah in Israel, 2Ki_14:21-22; 2Ki_15:1-29
 9. The Reign of Hoshea in Israel, and the Reigns of Jotham and Ahaz in Judah, 2Ki_15:30-38; 2Ki_16:1-20
 10. The Fall of Samaria, 2Ki_17:1-41; 2Ki_18:9-12
II. From the Fall of Samaria to the Fall of Jerusalem, II Kings 18-25
1. The Reign of Hezekiah, II Kings 18:1-8, 13-37; 19-20
2. The Reign of Manasseh, 2Ki_21:1-26
 3. The Reign of Josiah, 2Ki_22:1-20; 2Ki_23:1-30
 4. Egypt Surrenders Judah to Babylon, 2Ki_23:31-37; 2Ki_24:1-9
 5. The Fall of Jerusalem, 2Ki_24:10-20; 2Ki_25:1-30

The Second Book of Kings is a continuation of the First. It records the reigns of fifteen kings in Judah and of eleven kings in Israel. In Judah the dynasty of David continued to the end, while in Israel there were nine changes of dynasty.
The northern kingdom maintained an unbroken course of idolatry, until the nation was ripe for destruction. The end came in 722 b.c., when Samaria was taken by the Assyrians. Judah continued her course for nearly 150 years longer. But in spite of the efforts of prophets and good kings, the tide of idolatry could not be stayed, and Jerusalem fell before the Babylonians, 586 b.c.Nothing but the Exile could avail to purify the nation and restore the spirit of true worship.