Judah’s reign of kings first started with Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. He originally ruled over the 12 tribes of Israel, but the Israelites decided to create their own kingdom, leaving Rehoboam with the king of Judah. He was succeeded by his son Abijah. Abijah tried to reunite the kingdoms, but was unsuccessful in his attempt. Asa, Abijah’s son, was considered the first good king of Judah. He brought back the worship of God, and tore down the idols of Judah. Jehosaphat followed up from Asa and was another good king. His son, Jehoram decided to marry King Ahab from Israel’s daughter.
For deciding to marry a pagan, who was against the worship of God, this was a bad decision for Jehoram. And, she brought back the worship of idols. The next king of Judah was Jehoram’s son, Ahaziah. Ahaziah only reigned for a short period of time. He was eventually murdered by Jehu. His mother, Athaliah (Yes, the daughter of Ahab) became the first queen of Judah, and reigned for 6 years. She had thought she killed all descendants of Jehoram, but one of his sons escaped from her grasp, and that was the next king of Judah; Joash. Joash tore down the worship of idols, and set up the worship of God. The next two kings were Amaziah, Joash’s son, and Uzziah, Amaziah’s son. They both remained faithful to God, but not as faithful as they should’ve been.
Jotham, the next king, was faithful to God, just like Joash, and restored some of the worship of God. However, his son Ahaz was one of the most wicked kings in the history of Judah. The next king, Hezekiah, was the most righteous king of Judah.He fully restored the worship of God, and tore down all the idols of Judah. After Hezekiah, Manasseh took his place. However, he was never a good king, as of contrast from Hezekiah. Manasseh was the most wicked king in all of Judah’s history. A notable thing about him was that he repented of his sins before he died. He was the first king of Judah to not follow the commandments of God, but at the last moment repent.
Manasseh’s son, Amon assumed kingship, however like his father, he was a very poor king. The next king was (and the finally I studied this week) was Josiah. Becoming king at a very young age, only at 8, he reigned for many years, and was considered the last good king.