Today's first reading offers the most dramatic account of the hostility between the northern and southern Jewish kingdoms. The armies of Israel, the northern kingdom, invade Judah and even capture Jerusalem and ransack the city.
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The second selection tells the ultimate defeat of the northern kingdom, which fell to an invasion by the powerful Assyrian empire. This defeat and exile is described as the ultimate punishment for generations of faithlessness in the northern kingdom.
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If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Kings 11-15 today.