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

1 Kings 11:41-12:24 and 2 Chronicles 9:31-12:16. Following the death of King Solomon, his kingdom was divided into two. The southern kingdom was called the House of Judah and, in 931BC, King Solomon’s son Rehoboam became their king, reigning for 18 years. Rehoboam in Hebrew means: Free of the people. The tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Simeon formed the southern kingdom and many of the Levites and others from other tribes that were faithful to God moved to this southern kingdom from the rebelling northern kingdom. King Rehoboam died in 913BC.   Read more »

King Abijah or Abijam the 2nd king of Judah

1 Kings 14:31-15:8 and 2 Chronicles 13:1-22. 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

King Asa ruled for 41 years – 911BC-870BC. Read:1 Kings 15:8-24 and 2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14. King Asa was the son of the previous king, King Abijam. King Asa did what pleased God. He removed the pagan places of worship and destroyed them. King Asa had an army of over five hundred thousand fighting men. However, when Zerah the Cushite came to fight him, 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. Asa in Hebrew means: Healer.   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.   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 King Joram was wounded. King Ahaziah later died from wounds inflicted on him by Jehu, 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 the 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 7th King - actually a Queen - of Judah.. She was the mother of King Ahaziah the 6th king of Judah. When she learned her son was dead, she then took control of the kingdom of Judah and killed all the members of the royal household. But she missed one child, Joash, who later was to rule in her place as the 8th king of Judah. The army officers killed her at the Horse Gate on the orders of Jehoiada the priest. Queen Athaliah was not liked by the people because of what she did.   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 started 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.   Read more »

King Amaziah the 9th and a Good King of Judah

2 Kings 14:1-20 and 2 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 Lordor 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 2 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 (theLord) has 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 and 2 Chronicles 27:1-9. Jotham became king 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 of Remaliah’s son Pekah,   Read more »

King Ahaz the 12th King of Judah

2 Kings 16:1-20 and 2 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. During his troubled reign King Ahaz turned away from the living Lord. In so doing he just heaped 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 and 2 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 2 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.   Read more »

King Manasseh the 14th King of Judah

2 Kings 21:1-18 and 2 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 to return home and take up his kingship again. After his return from Babylon, King Manasseh 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 and 2 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 and 2 Chronicles 34:1-35:27. Josiah was 8 years old when he inherited the throne from his father King Amon and he 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, opposing King Neco of Egypt.   Read more »

King Jehoahaz the 17th King of Judah

2 Kings 23:31-35 and 2 Chronicles 36:1-4. King Jehoahaz was 23 when he inherited the throne from his father King Josiah and he ruled for 3 months as king in Jerusalem. He was deposed and deported to Egypt by King Neco and died there. King Jehoahaz's 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.   Read more »

King Jehoiakim the 18th King of Judah

2 Kings 23:36-24:7 and 2 Chronicles 36:5-7. 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's 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.   Read more »

King Jehoiachin the 19th King of Judah

2 Kings 24:8-17 and 2 Chronicles 36:8-10. King Jehoiachin, 19th king of Judah, 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.   Read more »

King Zedekiah the 20th and last King of Judah

2 Chronicles 36:11-21 and 2 Kings 24:17-25:30. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon appointed Zedekiah as King of Judah and later deported 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, was evil in God’s eyes. Reigned for 11 years = 597BC -586BC. King Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylonia made King Jehoiachin’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.   Read more »

Questions and Answers 1-20

1. Which of the sons of King David became king after he had died? 2. How many years did King Abijah or Abijam the 2nd king of Judah regin? 3. Did King Asa ruled for 41 years? 4. While King Jehoshaphat 4th King Judah walked with the LORD the nations around him did what? 5. As King Jehoram 5th king of Judah forsook the Lord what started to happen? 6. Who was King Ahaziah the 6th King of Judah mother? 7. What was Queen Athaliah the 7th King of Judah in God's? 8. What was Joash the 8th King of Judah in God' eyes?   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 »

Timeline of the Kings of Judah

Timeline of the Kings of Judah and Israel.. Divided Kingdom – 900BC — 700BC. Approximately 4 A4 pages from 930BC-700BC. Set up so you can print them. Please enjoy looking at this table of contents as much as we did in making it.   Read more »

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Next Module - Prophets and Kings part one. This period of 500 years has been a torrid time. Along with some of the main players of Israel, there have been 39 kings and a large number of Prophets of God.
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Kings of Judah - the sixth of nine Old Testament modules.