2 Kings

About the Book of 2 Kings

2 Kings is a book about the people called Israelites. The Books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings tell us what happened after King David's time. The Book of 1 Kings records how Solomon became king after David.
After Solomon died, the country called Israel became two countries. The south was called Judah. The north was still called Israel.
When the kings of Judah and Israel obeyed God, the people had peace. Sometimes the kings did not obey God and they worshipped other gods instead. Then bad things happened. When the people in Israel stopped obeying God, he sent prophets. The most important prophet in 2 Kings is Elisha. He did things that someone could only do with the help of God. He told the people that they should worship God again.
After Elisha died, many of the kings were very bad. In the end, God decided to send his people away from their country. This happened to the people in Israel first. Then it happened to the people in Judah. God did not let his people go back to their country for 70 years.