2. There are two parts to the book: I. The History of the Israelite Kingdom, undivided and whole, under Solomon (2 Chronicles 1-9). II. The History of the divided Kingdom, even indeed of Judah alone, under the remaining Kings (2 Chronicles 10-36). A Synoptic Table, and the Interpreters of the book, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Hebrew.
Now, this latter book weaves together the progress and end of the Kingdom of Judah to the year of the return from Babylonian captivity. It is a certain Chronicle, as it were, of the former and latter books of Kings. And, since in this is described a history, first, of the Kingdom undivided and whole, of the twelve tribes under Solomon (2 Chronicles 1-9), and, second, divided, and so of the Kingdom of Judah alone under the remaining Kings (2 Chronicles 10-36); a distribution of the book into two parts is not incommodiously taken up.
I. The History of the Israelite Kingdom, undivided and whole, under Solomon, Chapters 1-9. See:
1. The piety of Solomon, worshipping God at Gibeon (verses 1-6), where, with an option granted to him of asked what he would, he, praying for wisdom, is furnished with wisdom (verses 7-13), and with riches and honors also (verses 14-17): chapter 1.
2. Solomon’s Ecclesiastical acts, the building of the Temple. See:
a. His efforts proper for building (verses 1, 2), and also the material agreed upon with Hiram (verses 3-18): chapter 2.
b. The description of the Temple’s place, time (verses 1, 2), parts, material, form (verses 3-17): chapter 3.
c. The Temple’s vessels and ornaments, altar, laver, bowls, lampstand, tables; and also courts, and lesser instruments (verses 1-17), and a summary of the edifice (verses 18-22): chapter 4.
d. The placing of the Ark in the innermost part of the Temple, and of the tabernacle and holy vessels in the treasury of the house of God (verses 1-10), with God giving a visible sign of His presence (verses 11-14): chapter 5.
e. The address of Solomon to the people (verses 1-11), and to God, wherein he consecrates the Temple to Him, and humbly commends to Him the future worship of the people in it (verses 12-42): chapter 6.
f. After the sending forth of the visible sign of the heavenly fire consuming the sacrifice (verses 1-3), the dedication of the Temple, numerous sacrifices offered, the feast of tabernacles celebrated (verses 4-11): and the approbation and sworn promises of God, appearing to Solomon (verses 12-22): chapter 7.
3. Solomon’s political and economic acts: the cities, which he built and subjugated to himself (verses 1-10): a separate house dedicated to his spouse (verses 11-16): a fleet sent to Ophir (verses 17, 18): chapter 8.
4. Solomon’s fame and authority among foreigners, moved by which, the Queen of Sheba comes to him, and honors him with admiration of his wisdom, and also with gifts (verses 1-12): more things are related concerning the gifts of foreign Kings, and the magnificence of Solomon (verses 13-28), and finally his death (verses 29-31): chapter 9.
II. The History of the divided Kingdom, even indeed of Judah alone, under the remaining Kings, Chapter 10-36. See: