In the Bible, the southern kingdom of Judah had both good and bad kings throughout its history. Here are a few examples of the good kings of Judah:
- King David: David, often considered the greatest king of Israel, ruled both the united kingdom of Israel and later the kingdom of Judah. He was known for his strong faith, military victories, and his Psalms. David is revered for his close relationship with God, though he did have some personal failures.
- King Solomon: Solomon, the son of David, succeeded his father as king of Israel. He was renowned for his wisdom and wealth. During his reign, the kingdom of Judah experienced peace and prosperity. Solomon built the first temple in Jerusalem but later turned away from God in his old age.
- King Asa: Asa ruled Judah for 41 years and was known for his religious reforms. He removed idols and pagan altars from the land, and encouraged the people to worship the true God. Asa also led Judah to victory against invading armies.
- King Jehoshaphat: Jehoshaphat followed the ways of his father Asa and sought to bring religious reforms to Judah. He removed pagan worship practices, appointed judges, and encouraged the study of the law. Jehoshaphat also formed alliances with neighboring nations to strengthen the kingdom.
- King Hezekiah: Hezekiah was known for his faithfulness to God and his efforts to restore true worship in Judah. He removed idols and cleansed the temple. During his reign, he faced threats from the Assyrians but trusted in God, and Jerusalem was miraculously saved.
These are just a few examples of the good kings in the Bible who ruled over the kingdom of Judah. While some of them had their flaws and made mistakes, they were generally considered righteous leaders who sought to follow God’s commands and promote religious reforms.
In 2 Chronicles, there is a mention of 21 rulers or kings of Judah. However, it is important to note that this count includes one queen and one co-regent alongside a king. The list in 2 Chronicles 21:1 includes both the rulers of Judah and a queen mother. Here is the list of rulers mentioned in 2 Chronicles:
- Athaliah (Queen Mother)
- Uzziah (Azariah)
- Jehoiachin (or Jeconiah or Coniah)
As mentioned earlier, the count includes Athaliah, who was a queen mother and not a legitimate king. Jehoiachin is also included in the count, although his reign was brief and he was taken into Babylonian captivity soon after assuming the throne.
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