Study the times of the 20 Kings of Judah by clicking on these Images. Again they were taken into slavery because they disobeyed God.

King Rehoboam the 1st king of Judah, 1st Kings 11:41-12:24 and 2nd Chronicles 9:31-12:16

At the death of King Solomon, the kingdom was divided into two. The Southern kingdom was called the house Judah and the northern kingdom was called the house of Israel. After King Solomon died his son Rehoboam became king. Judah and Benjamin stayed with this king in Jerusalem. Rehoboam reigned for 18 years 931BC- 913BC. King Solomon's kingdom was divided into two. The southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin stayed loyal to King Rehoboam.   Read more » The northern Ten tribes rebelled and got themselves another king called King Jeroboam.

King Abijah or Abijam the 2nd king of Judah, 1st Kings 14:31-15:8 and 2nd Chronicles 13:-22

Abijah succeeded his father Rehoboam as king of Judah. Abijah reigned in Jerusalem for three years. He sinned like his father. His mother was Maacah, the daughter of Absalom Abijam in Hebrew means: my father is The LORD.
Background Reading: 31 Rehoboam died, as had his ancestors, and he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. His mother’s name had been Naamah the Ammonite, and his son Abijah became king to replace him.   Read more »

King Asa the 3rd and a Good King of Judah, 1 Kings 15:8-24 and 2nd Chronicles 14:-16:14

King Asa ruled for 41 years - 911BC-870BC. King Asa did what pleased God. He removed the foreign places of worship and destroyed them. Even though King Asa had an army over Five hundred thousand fighting men when Zerah the Cushite came to fight King Asa. King Asa called to the Lord his God and God struck down the Cushites before Asa and Judah. In his old age, he was crippled by a foot disease. King Asa was the son of the previous king, King Abijam. King Asa died of natural causes and buried in the royal tombs in Jerusalem and his son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king.   Read more »

King Jehoshaphat the 4th and a Good King of Judah, 1 Kings 22:41-50 and 2nd Chronicles 17:1-20:37

King Jehoshaphat 4th King of Judah 873/72BC-848BC reigned 25 years. King Jehoshaphat did what pleased God. Son of the previous king, King Asa. Jehoshaphat died of natural causes. His son Jehoram succeeded him as King. One of the things King Jehoshaphat did was build some trading ships but before they could be used for trading they got wrecked. while King Jehoshaphat walked with the LORD the nations around him feared him because he had God's protection. Jehoshaphat in Hebrew means: Jehovah is the judge.   Read more »

King Jehoram the 5th King of Judah, 2nd Kings 8:16-24 and 2nd Chronicles 2:1-20

King Jehoram ruled for eight years before he died of an illness. King Jehoram sinned against the Lord God. Edom revolted against Judah and became an independent Kingdom. Jehoram came to the throne on the death of his father King Jehoshaphat and was succeeded by his son Ahaziah at his death. Jehoram married the daughter of Queen Jezebel the wife of King Ahab the king of the Northern Kingdom why he had married her we are not told. As King Jehoram forsook the Lord things started to unravel for the Kingdom of Judah. Jehoram in Hebrew means: exalted by YAHWEH.   Read more »

King Ahaziah the 6th King of Judah, 2nd Kings 8:24-9:29 and 2nd Chronicles 22:1-9

King Ahaziah came to power at 22 years old and ruled for one year. King Ahaziah sinned against the Lord God. He with King Joram of Israel went to war against Syria where KingJoram was wounded. King Ahaziah later died from wounds inflicted on him by Jehu and died in the city of Megiddo. The City of Megiddo is situated in the north of Israel in the Jezreel Valley which starts at the coast. Megiddo has had a number of famous battles and is associated with end-time conflict called Armageddon.   Read more »

Queen Athaliah the 7th King of Judah, 2 Chronicles 22:10-12

Queen Athaliah who ruled for six years was the 7th King actually a Queen of Judah, the mother of King Ahaziah the 6th king of Judah saw that her son was dead. She then took control of the kingdom of Judah and killed all the royal members. But she missed one child, Joash, who was later was to rule in her place as the 8th king of Judah. The army officers killed her at the Horse Gate by the orders of Jehoiada the priest. Queen Athaliah was not liked by the people because of what she did and they were happy when she was slain by the sword. Queen Athaliah was a very unpleasant person in God's eyes.   Read more »

Joash the 8th King of Judah, 2 Kings 11:1-12:21 and 2nd Chronicles 22:10-24:27

Joash became king when he was 7 years old and ruled for 40 years. Joash starts to repair the temple in Jerusalem. He was good in God's eyes. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king. Joash worked out ways to repair the temple of God because it had been a great part of his early life. For some reason, Joash's officials conspired against him and killed him. J(eh)oash in Hebrew means: Jehovah-given. Joash Replaced his mother, Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah, who had replaced his father, Ahaziah, at his death. Joash's son Amaziah succeeded Joash as king.   Read more »

King Amaziah the 9th and a Good King of Judah, 2nd Kings 14:1-20 and 2nd Chronicles 25:1-28

King Amaziah was Good in God's sight until he turned away from God. He reigned for 29 years 796BC-767BC. He was the son of the previous King Joash. King Amaziah had some war victories but lost a number of battles with the king of Israel. Why he was murdered by court members read the reason in the Bible. Amaziah in Hebrew means: the strength of the Lord or strengthened by God.
Background Reading: 1 Amaziah, son of Judah’s king Joash, became king during the second year of the reign of Joash,   Read more »

King Azariah the 10th and a Good King of Judah, 2 Kings 15:1-7 and 2nd Chronicles 26:1-23

King Azariah or Uzziah acceded to the throne at 16 and ruled for 52 years. King Azariah did what pleased God and listened to Zechariah prophet of God. God blessed the king until later in life when Azariah had become very powerful he let pride be his downfall. Read the Bible section below to find out what he did with his life. Azariah in Hebrew means: Yah's helped.
Background Reading: 8 Amaziah’s son Azariah began reigning during the twenty-seventh year of the reign of Jeroboam, king of Israel.   Read more »

King Jotham the 11th and a Good King of Judah, 2 Kings 15:32-38 & 2nd Chronicles 27:1-9

Jotham became king at [ascended to the throne at] 25 years and ruled for 16 years. King Jotham did what was pleasing to the Lord. He also built the North Gate of the Temple. King Jotham conquered the Ammonites and the Ammonites paid Jotham yearly a large sum of money. King Jotham became powerful because he walked steadfastly with the Lord God of Israel. Jotham in Hebrew means: God is perfect or complete.
Background Reading: 32 Uzziah’s son Jotham became king over Judah during the second year of the reign oft Remaliah’s son Pekah,   Read more »

King Ahaz the 12th King of Judah, 2 Kings 16:1-20 & 2nd Chronicles 28:1-27

Ahaz became king at the age of 20 and ruled in Jerusalem for 16 years. He did not do what was pleasing to the Lord God. King Ahaz during his troubled reign turned away from the living Lord doing this he just helped more trouble on himself and his kingdom. King Ahaz died a natural death unlike a number of kings of Judah and Israel. Ahaz in Hebrew means: has held.
Background Reading: 1 During the seventeenth year of the reign of Remaliah’s son Pekah, Jotham’s son Ahaz became king of Judah.   Read more »

King Hezekiah was the 13th and a Good King of Judah, 2 Kings 18:1-20:21 & 2nd Chronicles 29:1-32:33

King Hezekiah was the 13th King of Judah. A good king in God's eyes. 716/15BC-687/86BC = 29 years Samaria fell to the Assyrians in the 6th year of King Hezekiah's reign. He also asked advice from the prophet Isaiah. To prove King Hezekiah would recover from his illness God made the sun go back 10 steps on the stairway set up by King Ahaz. Hezekiah in Hebrew means: Jah is strength. also read 2nd Chronicles 29:1-32:33.
Background Reading: 18:1 Now it happened that during the third year of the reign of Elah’s son Hoshea, king of Israel,   Read more »

King Manasseh the 14th King of Judah, 2 Kings 21:1-18 & 2nd Chronicles 33:1-20

Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king in Jerusalem and he ruled for 55 years. He was wicked in God's eyes causing the people to sin against God. God used the king of Assyria to get King Manasseh to acknowledge God and follow Him. God did this by taking him prisoner to Babylon and waiting till King Manasseh prayed to his God before allowing Him back home and take up his kingship again. King Manasseh after his return from Babylon removed the foreign gods and images he had placed in the Temple and in Jerusalem.   Read more »

King Amon the 15th King of Judah, 2 Kings 21:19-26 & 2nd Chronicles 33:21-25

Amon became king at 22 years but only ruled for two years. He rejected the Lord and the court officials killed him. Then the people killed the court officials and then appointed his son as the next king. Other things recorded are who his mother was and where he was buried. Amon actually worshiped the idols his father Manasseh had made. Amon in Hebrew means: builder, educator.
Background Reading: 21:19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years.   Read more »

King Josiah the 16th and a Good King of Judah, 2 Kings 22:1-23:30 & 2nd Chronicles 34:1-35:27

Josiah was 8 years old when he inherited the throne from his father King Amon and ruled for 31 years. King Josiah was succeeded by his son Jehoahaz. Josiah did what was pleasing to the Lord God. He was the last King of Judah to please the Lord God. Among the many things that King Josiah did that pleased God was he listened to and obeyed what the book of the Law of Moses had to say. He also reintroduced the Passover feast. King Josiah died from wounds he received in Battle. When he opposed King Neco of Egypt when he was not supposed to.   Read more »

King Jehoahaz the 17th King of Judah, 2 Kings 23:31-35 & 2nd Chronicles 36:1-4

King Jehoahaz was 23 when he inherited the throne from his father King Josiah and ruled for 3 months as king in Jerusalem. He was deposed to Egypt by King Neco and died there. King Jehoahaz older brother Eliakim was made king in his place by Pharaoh Neco who named him Jehoiakim. King Jehoahaz was evil in God's eyes. King Neco imposed a tax of one hundred talents of silver and one hundred talents of gold which in turn forced the next king of Judah, King Jehoiakim, to tax the people of Judah. Jehoahaz in Hebrew means: (The Lord is) holding.   Read more »

King Jehoiakim the 18th King of Judah, 2 Kings 23:36-24:7 & 2nd Chronicles 36:5-7

When King Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he succeeded his brother Jehoahaz [Joahaz] to the throne and he ruled for 11 years. Pharaoh Neco of Egypt made Joahaz' brother Eliakim king of Judah and he changed his name to Jehoiakim. Jehoiakim sinned against the Lord God. He was taken in chains to Babylonia by King Nebuchadnezzar. King Jehoiakim was subject to King Nebuchadnezzar for at least three years of his eleven-year reign. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had just taken land off Neco the king of Egypt. Jehoiakim in Hebrew means: he whom Jehovah has set up.   Read more »

King Jehoiachin the 19th King of Judah, 2 Kings 24:8-17 & 2nd Chronicles 36:8-10

King Jehoiachin 19th king of Judah Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he succeeded his father Jehoiakim to the throne he ruled for 3 months and ten days. King Jehoiachin was evil in God's eyes. Jehoiachin was deposed to Babylon where he died of old age. Judah has not had an independent king as a ruler since and there will not be an independent king until the Messiah comes to rule his people. In the eighth year of the reign, King Nebuchadnezzar taking a lot of prisoners also took articles of value from the temple of the Lord. Jehoiachin in Hebrew means: God will establish.   Read more »

King Zedekiah the 20th and last King of Judah, 2 Chronicles 36:11-21 & 2 Kings 24:17-25:30

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Zedekiah as King of Judah and later deposed King Zedekiah to Babylon because he did not do what King Nebuchadnezzar had asked him to do. King Zedekiah 20th and last king of Judah and was evil in God's eyes. Reigned for 11 years = 597BC -586BC. King Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylonia made King Jehoiakin's Uncle Mattaniah King of Judah and at the same time changes the name of Mattaniah to Zedekiah. King Jehoiachin had been the 19th king of Judah. Mattaniah in Hebrew means: gift of Jehovah. Zedekiah in Hebrew means:   Read more »

The 20 Kings of Judah who ruled between – 931BC-586BC=345 years

1. Rehoboam (evil) 931-913=18 years Son Died 1 Kings 11:42-14:31 2 Chronicles 9:31-12:16.
2. Abijah evil 913-911,=2 years. Son Died 1 Kings 14:31-15 2 Chronicles 13:1-22.
3. Asa (Good) 911-870=41 years Son Died 1 Kings 15:9-24 2 Chronicles 15:16-16:6.
4. Jehoshaphat (Good) 873-848=25 years Son Died 1 Kings 22:41-50 2 Chronicles 20:31-21:1.   Read more »

Kings of Judah - the sixth of nine Old Testament modules.