Kings In The Old Testament Of The Bible

Kings in the Old Testament of the Bible. The Old Testament is the first part of The Bible. Kings in the Old Testament of the Bible appears at 1 Kgs 17:1-16, 1Ki 22:39-53, 2Ch 24:1-18, 2 Ch 32:31-33.  Since kings were the political leaders at that time and during those days there were giants among them, we’ll look at two great kings in the Word of God. The Southern Kingdom of Judah, The Northern Kingdom of Israel and The Kings of Judah and Israel we will discuss here.

The Old Testament of the Bible provides a wealth of knowledge from which Christians can draw from. In this article, we would like to share with you some famous stories you will find in the Old Testament. Below are some well-known kings in the Old Testament of the Bible.

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Kings In The Old Testament Of The Bible

There are many kings in the Old Testament of the Bible. One of the most important ones is David, who was a king of Israel. He was also called ‘the man after God’s own heart’ because he was a man who loved God and served Him with all his heart.

He had many wives and concubines, but his love for God was greater than anything else. He also had an ark of the covenant built in Jerusalem, which was considered to be an important part of worship at that time.

Another important king was Solomon, who ruled over Israel after David died. He was known as one of the wisest men ever born on earth, and he had hundreds of wives and concubines too!

The Kings of Judah and Israel

The Kings of Judah and Israel were the rulers of the two kingdoms of ancient Israel. The Kingdom of Israel was formed after the northern tribes of Israel split from the Kingdom of Judah. The first king of Israel was Saul, who was followed by David and then Solomon. The Kingdom of Judah was formed after the southern tribe of Judah split from the Kingdom of Israel. The first king of Judah was Rehoboam, who was followed by Jehoshaphat and then Josiah.

The Kings of Judah and Israel were often at war with each other. However, there were also periods of peace and cooperation between the two kingdoms. For example, when David became king of both kingdoms, he brought peace to the region. Under Solomon’s rule, the two kingdoms experienced a time of great prosperity.

However, after Solomon’s death, the kingdom began to decline. The Kingdoms of Judah and Israel both went through a series periods of decline and revival throughout their history. In 722 BCE, the Assyrian Empire conquered the Kingdom of Israel. The Kingdom of Judah lasted until 586 BCE when it was conquered by the Babylonian Empire.

The Northern Kingdom of Israel

The Northern Kingdom of Israel was one of the two major political divisions of ancient Israel, the other being the Southern Kingdom of Judah. The Kingdom of Israel occupied the northern portion of the region known as Canaan, and existed as an independent state from 930 BCE until 720 BCE, when it was conquered by the Neo-Assyrian Empire.

The Northern Kingdom was initially a collection of city-states, each ruled by a different dynasty. These city-states were not initially united under a single king, but rather shared a common culture and religion. It wasn’t until the reign of King Omri that the Northern Kingdom began to take shape as a unified kingdom. Under Omri’s rule, and that of his son Ahab, the Northern Kingdom reached its zenith; it became a rich and powerful state with a large territory and a thriving economy.

However, the Northern Kingdom was also marked by religious and political turmoil. The worship of Baal and Asherah was introduced during Ahab’s reign, causing many to turn away from the traditional worship of Yahweh. This led to increased tensions between those who Followed Baal and those who remained loyal to Yahweh. These tensions came to a head during the reign of King Jehu, when a bloody purge eradicated almost all traces of Baal worship from Israel.

Despite these internal struggles, the Northern Kingdom remained prosperous until its fall in 720 BCE. Its demise came at the hands of the Assyrian Empire

The Southern Kingdom of Judah

The southern Kingdom of Judah was established after the northern Kingdom of Israel split from it. The first king of Judah was Rehoboam, who was Solomon’s son. Rehoboam was a foolish king and he did not heed the advice of the older men. As a result, the ten tribes in the north rebelled against him and formed their own kingdom under Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:1-24).

The kings of Judah were:

Rehoboam (933-916 BC)
Abijah (916-913 BC)
Asa (913-873 BC)
Jehoshaphat (873-850 BC)
Jehoram (850-841 BC)
Ahaziah (841 BC)
Athaliah (841-825 BC)
Joash (825-796 BC)
Amaziah (796-767 BC)
Uzziah/Azariah (767-740 BC)
Jotham (740-732 BC)
Ahaz (732-716 BC) Hezekiah(716-687BC)Manasseh(687BC – 642BC )Amon(642BC – 640BC )Josiah(640BC – 609BC )Jehoahaz/Shallum(609BC )Jehoiakim/Eli

Why study the kings of the Old Testament?

The Old Testament is full of great stories and lessons. One way to learn from the Old Testament is to study the lives of the kings. The Old Testament kings were not perfect, but they can teach us a lot about God and His plan for His people. Here are four reasons why you should study the kings of the Old Testament:

1. To learn about God’s character and nature.

2. To understand God’s redemptive plan for His people.

3. To see how God works through flawed humans to accomplish His will.

4. To gain insight into how we should live as God’s people today.


Rehoboam was the son of King Saul and grandson of King David.

He was the first king of the united kingdom, which is why he’s important in Israel’s history.

However, Rehoboam wasn’t very good at being king. He didn’t have his grandfather’s wisdom or kindness; instead, he became arrogant and selfish because he thought all his subjects would love him just because he was their leader (which isn’t true).

As a result, many people rebelled against him—even one of his own sons!


Abijah was the son of Rehoboam and Maacah, the daughter of Absalom. Abijah was the second king of the United Monarchy of Israel.

Abijah inherited a divided kingdom from his father, Rehoboam (1 Kings 12:16) at age 16 months after Rehoboam’s death on November 14th, 926 BCE. The division between Judah and Israel led to a civil war between Abijah and Jeroboam II (1 Kings 14:15-16).

During his reign there was an invasion by Shishak I of Egypt who conquered Jerusalem along with all its wealth (1 Kings 14:25). However, many scholars believe that this invasion occurred during Asa’s reign instead since Shishak had already invaded Jehoahaz’ reign according to 2 Chronicles 12:2-24).


Asa was a good king. He followed the Lord and was a good leader, but he was also a good man and a good example for those who would follow him. Asa did what he needed to do to keep his kingdom from falling apart during his reign, but he also did it with integrity and honesty.


The first king of a united kingdom of Israel was Saul, who was the son of Kish, a Benjamite. He was tall and good looking, and he also had a reputation for being a mighty warrior.

But Saul’s reign didn’t last long because he made several mistakes that cost him his throne. First off, he disobeyed God by failing to destroy all the animals from the Amalekites’ herds when God told him to do so in 1 Samuel 15:1-3 (NIV). Secondly, he refused to listen when Samuel warned him not to allow an evil spirit from an evil medium possess his son Jonathan in 1 Samuel 28:3 (NIV) Finally, during battle against Amalekites and Philistines at Mt Gilboa when faced with certain death by his own hand or having his head cut off by Philistines if he did not die by himself; instead of killing himself as instructed by God through Samuel earlier on during their last meeting together before parting ways until their next meeting at Ramah where they would be reunited once again after Samuel dies


David, the second king of Israel, was a great leader. He was also a musician, poet and warrior. King David is an example of everything that makes a good king: he fought for his people but also helped them start their lives over again; he showed kindness to everyone around him and led by example instead of ordering people around; he cared about every person in his kingdom—even if they weren’t related to him—and loved them like family members would love each other.

David is also a good example for fathers today because he showed how much he loved his children even when they made mistakes or disobeyed him (1 Samuel 15:11-12). Even though it was hard sometimes to punish them after they disobeyed him (as parents sometimes experience), David still did what needed to be done so that his family could thrive together as one unit rather than falling apart due to bad influences outside their home


Solomon was the fourth king of Israel and the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah. He was born in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. He was the son of King David and Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam. Solomon’s reign began in 970 BCE and ended in 931 BCE after his death at age 50.


Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah. He reigned for 25 years. He did not follow God’s law and worshipped idols. Jehoshaphat was not a good king, leader or man.


Jehoram also known as Joram (reigned 851-842 BC) was King of Israel. He was the son of Ahab, king of Israel, and Jezebel. His father made a covenant with the Lord; however, he did not keep it. Jehoram continued to serve Baal and Asherah even after his father’s death and the time when his mother Queen Jezebel died. He became king at age 32 years old when his father died after reigning for 12 years in Samaria (2 Kings 3:4).

Jehoram was an evil king who killed many prophets of God including Elijah (1 Kings 18:4). The prophet Elisha told his servant Gehazi that someone would kill him because he had spat in front of him (2 Kings 2:9-10). Gehazi found out that it was Ahaziah who had done this so he went out to meet him along with Jehoram while they were hunting together in Beth Shemesh Valley near Mount Gilboa where a battle broke out between them killing many people on both sides including Ahaziah himself who perished from being struck by an arrow shot by one of his own soldiers (2 Kings 9:24-27).

Ahaziah of Judah

Ahaziah was the son of Athaliah, who was the daughter of Omri. That means that Ahaziah was the grandson of Omri and great-grandson of David.

It’s important to note that Ahaziah’s reign as King over Judah lasted only one year. This happened because his mother committed treason against him and sought to kill him (2 Chronicles 22:7). According to 2 Kings 8:26-27, she sent assassins after her son with orders to destroy him and make sure he never took power over Israel again!


Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, who were wicked kings. Athaliah was married to Joram, the son of Jehoshaphat. After her husband died, she became queen of Judah for six years (841-835 B.C.). She was a very wicked queen because she murdered all the heirs to the throne so that she could keep power for herself.


  • You are the king of Judah.
  • Your name is Joash.
  • You are the son of Amaziah and grandson of Uzziah, who was a good king. His name means “strength of Yahweh” (2 Kings 14:26).
  • And you have been a good king too! You were merciful to your subjects because you were merciful to God, as he showed mercy to you after your father’s death and gave him another chance to rule over Judah (2 Kings 12:1-3).

Amaziah of Judah

Amaziah was a good king because he was a good warrior.

Amaziah was a good king because he was a good leader.

Amaziah was a good king because he was a good example to others.

Sa;u, David, Solomon and Asa were the best kings

The first king of Israel was Saul, who was chosen by God to lead His people. He was a good king and did many good things for Israel, but he made one mistake: he disobeyed God by not killing all the Amalekites when God told him to do so (1 Samuel 15).

David was the second king of Israel; he succeeded Saul after defeating Goliath in battle. David is remembered as a great warrior, musician and poet whose love for God propelled him throughout his life. Solomon was chosen by Nathan to succeed David because he showed wisdom beyond his years during their conversation when discussing how best to build a temple for God’s glory (2 Samuel 2).


In conclusion, we can see that the kings in our top ten list were all well liked by God. They were called to rule over Israel at a time when it was under threat and they were able to keep God’s people safe. The best king of all was definitely David because he loved God so much and did everything in his power to show it.

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