Here is the sad story of Judah’s last four kings and their evil which ends in the destruction of Jerusalem, Solomon’s temple and captivity of all but a remnant. The chapter ends with an almost identical paragraph to Ezra 1:1-3
A Passover feast like none since the days of Samuel is celebrated with full blown care before the Lord. Then Josiah makes a fatal mistake, putting his quest for glory ahead of obedience to the Lord, Josiah dies from combat wounds.
Josiah, the last good king of Judah takes the throne. At age sixteen he devoted his heart to Yahweh. He purged and repaired the house of God, pulverized idolatrous objects, received the finding of the Book and inspired true worship.
King Hezekiah’s son Manasseh now reigns in Judah. He did everything in his power to undo the good his father did, but God punished him and brought about a spiritual victory. Then Amon ruled, though assassinated after two years.
Hezekiah faced a terminal illness at the very time Assyria invaded Judah. He prays and is healed, but his heart was filled with pride so God’s wrath loomed, but he repents. The chapter ends with a brief note on how God blessed him.