In chapters 9-10, Ezra finds that in spite of God’s mercy, some of the people have married foreign wives, which is one of the things that got them into trouble to begin with as that led to idolatry.
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The period we now enter, the Return, will chronicle Judah’s return home after 70 years of Babylonian captivity.
Much of King Hezekiah’s good will be undone by his son Manasseh (ch. 22). 2 Chronicles tells us that Manasseh was humbled near the end of his reign and tore down the pagan altars and tried to make amends. But it was too little, too late for Judah.
We have moved into the period of Exile. By about 1050 BC Israel at last had her kingdom, but it quickly ran aground when Solomon turned his eyes from God and focused on building for himself.
Under Jeroboam II, Israel’s northern borders are secured and Israel (the northern kingdom) enjoys a respite from foreign pressure.
God will ultimately punish the people of the kingdom of Israel (those in the north) for their apostasy by removing them from the Land of Promise.
Who did king Jehoram take as a wife, and why might that choice have affected his reign?