Kings of Judah handout for Heather

Kings of Judah

Finally, I finished the kings of Judah. These are handouts for a Bible study I am working on, but I think they are helpful. The first hand out is Good King/Bad King, which is a listing of the kings according to kingdom, and people are to go and find out if they are good or bad according to the Bible. There is an interesting result there. In fact, to cheat you can look at my lists and find the answers.  Then I did the Kings of Israel, and the Kings of Judah. Now I get to do the writing of the rest of the Bible study. But for me it helps to know who was where when. I may add to these lists as time goes by.


KINGS OF JUDAH Southern Kingdom)

REHOBOAM (931-913 BC)

1 Kings 12:1-24; 1 Kings 14:21-31, 2 Chronicles 10:1-12:16

PROPHETS OF HIS TIME: Shemaiah (1Ki 12:22-24, 2 Chron 11:2-4; 12:5-7, 15)

                                                 Iddo the Seer (2 Chron 12:15)

Son of Solomon

41 years old when he became king

Reigned in Jerusalem

Did not listen to wise counsel about Israel’s request

Listened to young men who agreed with his selfish aims

Split kingdom with his unwise response

Attempted to fight Israel, stopped by prophet Shemaiah

Built cities of defense

Had lots of wives and children

Forsook God’s law

Did evil

Humbled himself when Shishak of Egypt attacked

Served Shishak who took gold shields

Made bronze shields to replace gold ones Egypt took

Built high places, asherim, and other idolatries

Reigned 17 years and died

ABIJAH (ABIJAM) (913-911 BC)

(18th year of Jereboam)

1 Kings 15:1-8; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22

PROPHET OF HIS TIME: Iddo the Seer (2 Chron 13:22)

Son or Rehoboam

Fought Jereboam with God’s help

Had fourteen wives and children

Did evil like father

Reigned 17 years and died

ASA (911-870 BC)

(20th year of Jereboam)

1 Kings 15:9-24; 2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14

PROPHETS OF HIS TIME: Azariah, son of Oded (2 Chron 15:1-8)

                                                Hanani (2 Chron 16:7-10)

Son of Abijah

Removed idols and turned to God

Did not remove high places

Fought Ethiopia with God’s power

Had rest in the land for many years

Built fortified cities with walls, built and prospered

Entered a covenant with people to follow God

Removed the “Queen mother” because of her idol worship

When Baasha (Israel) attacked, sent to Syria for help

Hanani gave prophesy regarding wars due to seeking Syria first

Put Hanani in prison

Became diseased in feet but sought doctors, not God

Did what was right in God’s eyes

Reigned 41 years and died


(4th year of Ahab)

1 Kings 22:41-50; 2 Chronicles 17:1-20:37

PROPHETS OF HIS TIME: Micaiah, son of Imla (2 Chron 18:7-27)

                                                 Jehu son of Hanani (2 Chron 19:2-3)
Jahaziel (2 Chron 20:14-17)

                                                 Eliezer  son of Dodavah (2 Chron 20:37)

Son of Asa

35 years old when he became king

Took pride in God’s ways

Did not take away high places

Sent men through land to teach God’s law

Received tribute from Philistines and Arabians

Allied with Ahab by marriage

Did not listen to Ahab’s false prophets, sought Micaiah for God’s advice

Made peace with the King of Israel

Joined Ahab in battle against Ramoth Gilead (Syria)

Appointed judges throughout the land

Prayed for God to fight attacking Ammonites, etc.

Had rest on all sides for many years

Allied with Ahaziah king of Israel to make ships, but the ships wrecked

Expelled perverted people (sodomy & prostitutes) from the land

Did what was right in God’s eyes

Reigned 25 years and died

JEHORAM (853-841 BC)

(5th year of Jehoram king of Israel)

2 Kings 8:16-24; 2 Chronicles 21:1-20

Elijah (2 Chron 21:12-15)

Son of Jehoshaphat

32 years old when he became king

Did evil like the house of Ahab

Killed all his brothers with the sword

Married Ahab’s daughter

Struck Edom when it revolted

Made high places in Judah

Received letter from Elijah about sin and punishment

Philistines and Arabs killed his oldest sons

Struck by God with a disease of the bowels

Reigned 8 years, died to no one’s sorrow


(12th year of Jehoram/Joram king of Israel)

2 Kings 8:25-9:29; 2 Chronicles 22:1-9

Youngest son of Joram/Jehoram

22 years old when he became king/42 according to Chronicles

Mother was Athaliah, granddaughter of Omri

Did evil as counseled by house of Ahab

Went with Jehoram/Joram to fight Syria/Jehu from Syria

Reigned 1 year, killed by Jehu while visiting Jehoram

ATHALIAH (Queen) (841-835 BC)

2 Kings 11:1-20; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 2 Chronicles 23:12-16

Mother of Ahaziah, granddaughter of Omri

Killed all the royal heirs except Joash who was hidden away

Killed by Jehoiadah the priest’s men

Did evil

Reigned 6 years

JOASH (JEHOASH) (835-796 BC)

(7th year of Jehu)

2 Kings 11:4-12:21; 2 Chronicles 22:11-12; 2 Chronicles 23:1-11; 23:17-24:27


                                                 Unnamed Prophets (2 Chron 24:19)

                                                 Zechariah son of Jehoiada (2 Chron 24:20-22)

Son of Ahaziah by Zibiah of Beersheba

7 years old when he became king

Hidden from Athaliah by Jehoiadah the priest

Commissioned temple repairs

Paid tribute to Hazael, king of Syria

Did not take high places away

Did what was right

Faithful until Jehoiadah died

Turned from God after the death of Jehoiadah

Killed Zechariah, Jehoiadah’s son

Was killed by his servants because of blood of Zechariah

Reigned 40 years

AMAZIAH (796-767 BC)

(2nd year of Jehoash/Joash)

2 Kings14:1-20; 2 Chronicles 25:1-28

PROPHETS OF HIS TIME:  Unnamed Prophets (2 Chron 25:7-9, 15, 16)

Son of Joash

25 years old when he became king

Killed men who murdered his father, but not their children according to the law

Did right, but not with loyal heart

Did not take away high places

Hired Israelite warriors then dismissed them

Slaughtered 10,000 Edomites in battle by God’s hand

Brought back Edom’s idols and worshipped them

Fought Israel and was defeated

Was killed by conspirators

Reigned 29 years


(27th year of Jereboam)

2 Kings 15:1-7; 2 Chronicles 26:1-23

Zechariah (2 Chron 26:5)

Son of Amaziah

16 years old when he became king

Sought God and did right

Did no remove high places

As long as he sought God he prospered

Conquered Philistines and Arabians with God’s help

Received tribute from Ammonites

Made towers and engines of war

Formed an army of 307,500 and armed them all

After becoming strong, acted corruptly

Struck with leprosy for burning incense in temple

Reigned 52 years and died a leper

JOTHAM (750-731 BC)

(2nd year of Pekah)

2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chronicles 27:1-9


Son of Azariah/Uzziah

Placed over king’s house when father got leprosy

25 years old when he became king

Did right in the sight of the Lord

Did like his father Uzziah, but did not enter the Temple

Did not tear down high places

Became mighty for he prepared his ways before the Lord

Did extensive building

Fought and subdued Ammonites

Contended with Aram and Israel

Reigned 16 years and died

 AHAZ (735-715 BC)

(7th year of Pekah)

2 Kings 16:1-20; 2 Chronicles 28:1-27


Son of Jotham

20 years old when crowned

Did evil, even burning sons in fire

Sacrificed and burned incense on the high places

God delivered his kingdom to Syria and Israel

Israel took 200,000 captives but returned them

Sent to Assyria for help, but they attacked instead

Turned to gods of Damascus

Built an altar at temple after pattern in Damascus

Took articles of the House of God to build his pagan idols

Reigned 16 years and died

HEZEKIAH (728-686 BC)

(3rd year of Hoshea)

2 Kings 18:1-20:21; 2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33


Son of Ahaz

25 years old when he started to reign

Did right in God’s eyes

Cleansed temple and consecrated Levitical priests

Offered burnt offerings to God

Celebrated the Passover

Tore down idols and their altars in the high places

Appointed regular offerings and Temple worship

Broke the bronze serpent made by Moses because it was being treated as an idol

Commanded people to bring portion due the priests

Relied on God to save him from Assyria’s threats

Showed God letter of Sennacherib’s boasting

God sent an angel to defeat Assyria

Grew ill and prayed, God granted him 15 years life

Showed all his treasures to the Babylonians

Isaiah prophesied that all the treasures would be taken to Babylon

Reigned 29 years and died

MANASSEH (697-644 BC)

2 Kings 21:1-18; 2 Chronicles 33:1-20


                                                 Unnamed Prophets (2 Ki 21:10, 2 Chron 33:18)

Son of Hezekiah

12 years old when he became king

Did Evil in God’s eyes

Rebuilt high places, passed sons through fire, etc.

Put idols in the temple

Shed much innocent blood

Caused Israel to do more evil than the pagan nations God destroyed for Israel

Taken by Assyrians to Babylon

Repented of evil and prayed to God

Returned to Jerusalem and tore down idols

Repaired altar of the Lord

Ordered people to serve God

Reigned 55 years and died

AMON (642-640 BC)

2 Kings 21:19-26; 2 Chronicles 33:21-25



Son of Manasseh

22 years old when he became king

Did evil

Served idols his father served

Killed by his servants in his own house

Reigned 2 years

JOSIAH (640-609 BC)

2 Kings 22:1-23:30; 2 Chronicles 34:1-35:27

PROPHETS OF HIS TIME: Huldah the Prophetess (2 Ki 22:14-20,

                                                                                         2 Chron 34:22-28)

Son of Amon

8 years old when he became king

Did right and purged out idolatry

Walked in the ways of David

Turned to God with all his soul and might

Did not turn to the right or to the left

Burned bones of pagan priests on altar in Bethel

Defiled all the pagan altars even in the high places

Repaired temple

Read book of Law and inquired of God

Tore clothes to mourn sins of the people

Celebrated Passover

Attacked Pharoah Neco of Egypt and was killed

God will still show wrath to Judah, but not to Josiah because of his devotion

Death lamented by Jeremiah

Reigned 31 years


2 Kings 23:31-33; 2 Chronicles 36:1-4


Son of Josiah

23 years when he became king

Did evil

Imprisoned by king of Egypt, Pharaoh Neco

Pharaoh Neco wanted a tribute of gold and silver

Reigned 3 months, died in Egypt


2 Kings 23:34-24:6; 2 Chronicles 36:5-8



                                                 Urijah, son of Shemaiah Jer. 26:20

Son of Josiah, brother of Jehoahaz

25 years old when he became king

Pharaoh Neco made him king

Paid tribute to Pharaoh Neco by taxing the land and people

Did evil

Babylon besieged Jerusalem to take him

Nebuchadnezzar bound him in bronze fetters & carried him to Babylon

Nebuchadnezzar also took temple articles to put in Babylonian temples

Reigned 11 years and died


2 Kings 24:8-16; 2 Kings 25:27-30; 2 Chronicles 36:9-10



Son of Jehoiakim

18 years old when he became king (according to Chronicles he was 8)

Did evil

Taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon

All remaining treasures of the Temple brought to Babylon

Captains and mighty men of valor also brought to Babylon

Only poorest people remain.

In 37th year of exile, released to eat at king’s table

Reigned 3 months and 10 days


2 Kings 24:17-25:7; 2 Chronicles 36:11-14




Uncle of Jehoiachin

21 years when he became king

Did evil

Did not humble himself before God

Rebelled against Babylon after vowing allegiance

Siege wall built, people suffered famine

Temple burned to ground, walls broken

Captured by Babylon

Sons killed before his eyes

Blinded, bound and brought to Babylon

Reigned 11 years, then Jerusalem fell to Babylon


2 Kings 25-29; Jeremiah 52:4-20; 2 Chronicles 36:15-22


About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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