The Book of 2nd Kings

J. Sidlow Baxter, in his book Explore the Book, introduces Second Kings with: “This
Second Book of Kings, which opens with the translation of Elijah to heaven, and closes with the
transportation of the captive Jews to Babylon, is more tragic than all which have preceded it.
Nay, more than that, it is the most tragic national record ever written. The elect people, through
whom the gracious purposes of God were to have been developed for the enlightenment and
regeneration of the whole race, become more and more steeped in infidelity and moral
degradation, until finally the measure of their wickedness is full, judgment falls, pitiless foes
wreak vengeance on them, and drag them from their own land into humiliating captivity.”