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Passage: 2 Kings 18:9-12

2 Kings 18:9-12 – The Fall of the North


The fall of the north is repeated, this time from the perspective of Judah.


This second report of the fall of Samaria and the exile of the Israelites (compare 2 Kings 17:3-8) is presented from the perspective of the southern kingdom. The chronological synchronisms with the reign of Hoshea are contradicted by extrabiblical evidence. By juxtaposing the chronological material of Hezekiah's reign with that of Hoshea, the editors seek to stress the contemporaneous nature of the two kings. Coupled with the theological commentary on the demise of the north in verse 12, this serves as a word of warning to the inhabitants of Judah.