S E C O N D K I N G S
In this chapter, I. The history of two of the
kings of Judah is briefly recorded:—1. Of Azariah, or Uzziah,
ver. 1-7. 2. Of Jotham
his son, ver. 32-38.
II. The history of many of the kings of Israel that reigned at the
same time is given us in short, five in succession, all of whom,
except one, went down slain to the pit, and their murders were
their successors. 1. Zachariah, the last of the house of Jehu,
reigned six months, and then was slain and succeeded by Shallum,
ver. 8-12. 2. Shallum
reigned one month, and then was slain and succeeded by Menahem,
ver. 13-15. 3. Menahem
reigned ten years, or tyrannised rather, such were his barbarous
cruelties (ver. 16) and
unreasonable exactions (ver.
20), and then died in his bed, and left his son to
succeed him first, and then suffer for him, ver. 16-22. 4. Pekahiah reigned two
years, and then was slain and succeeded by Pekah, ver. 23-26. 5. Pekah reigned
twenty years, and then was slain and succeeded by Hoshea, the last
of all the kings of Israel (ver.
27-31) for things were now working and hastening apace
towards the final destruction of that kingdom.