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The kings who ruled Israel after the days of the judges. For question about the books, use the [1-kings] or [2-kings] tags.

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Did any King obey and actually make a Copy of the Law first-hand?

Precepts Concerning Kingships Foreseeing the fallen nature of the Israelite nation, forsaking God's rule over them, Moses laid down some precepts every king should follow.(1 Samuel 8) Most of us are ...
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why did Elisha lay on the boy two times in order to raise him from the dead in 2 Kings 4:35

In second kings, chapter 4 Elisha went to the son of the Shunammite woman to raise him from the dead after Gehazi’s attempt had failed. It says that Elisha got on the bed and stretched out upon him ...
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Why were Artaxerxes and Nebuchadnezzar called "king of kings"?

Ezekiel26:7 YLT For, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Lo, I am bringing in unto Tyre Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, From the north -- a king of kings, With horse, and with chariot, and with horsemen, Even ...
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When did Baasha king of Israel come up against Asa king of Judah [apparent contradiction]?

According to my reading of the following passage from Chronicles, an Israelite king who had been dead for a decade (according to Kings) attacked Judah: 2 Chronicles 16:1 (NKJV) 1  In the thirty-sixth ...
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Haggai 2:21-23 fulfilled, failed or a future event?

Did this take place during Zerubabbel's life or is there a future Zerubbabel character? 21 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, 22 and to ...
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Why did God LOVE Solomon over all the more legitimate sons of David, before He was Born?

When David was old and Adonijah his son proclaimed himself King, Nathan the Prophet rushed to Bathsheba and gave her wisdom to go in to the King and save her life and the life of her son Solomon – and ...
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Did Solomon have 40k or 4k horses/stallls?

Did Solomon have 4k or 40k horses (or stalls for horses)? 2 Chronicles 9:25. And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the ...
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Is the monarchy part of God's plan?

There seems to be a difference in attitude towards the monarchy in 1 Samuel and the earlier books of the Old Testament. This can seen in the Book of Deutoronomy and Judges. The final book of the ...
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What did Israel believe were the advantages of the monarchy system?

What are the apparent advantages of the monarchy system that Israel wanted to have that they saw in the other nations? There must be something they saw, for in 1 Samuel 8:4-5 and 19-20 we read (NASB): ...
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Evidence that Shallum is king Jehoahaz?

In 1 Chronicles 3:15 we find a list of king Josiah's four sons: The sons of Josiah: Johanan the firstborn, Jehoiakim the second son, Zedekiah the third, Shallum the fourth. Then in Jeremiah 22:11-12 ...
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Isaiah 37 and 2 Kings 19 are identical [duplicate]

Why do Isaiah 37 and 2 Kings 19 contain the same verses? Of course, consulting or referring to an older and reliable source of eyewitness information is expected and acceptable, but what is strange is ...
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God commanded Elijah to anoint Hazael king over Aram, but why would Hazael, a foreigner & non-believer, recognize the authority of Eliajh?

Reference to 1 Kings 19: 15: God commanded Elijah to anoint Hazael king over Aram. But given that Hazael was a foreigner and non-believer who supposedly didn't acknowledge God, why would he recognize ...
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Does “before there reigned any king over the children of Israel” (Gen 36:31) not show evidence of being written after the start of Israel’s monarchy?

The remark that Edom had kings "before there reigned any king over the children of Israel" (Genesis 36:31) might be used by critics to suggest that the author knew of kings presently in ...
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Why did Samuel hide the anointing from the servant in 1 Samuel 9:27?

When Samuel is about to anoint Saul he requests that the servant go ahead whilst they remain behind KJV 1 Samuel 9 : 27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid ...
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In What Sense did King Ahab "Serve Ba'al"? 2 Kings 10:18

I have been trying to understand better the religious attitude of King Ahab. He was famously denounced by the usurper King Jehu, who, in the generation after Ahab, massacred his 60 sons along with his ...
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How old was Amon when his son Josiah was born?

2 Kings 21:19 says Amon was 22 years old when he became king over Judah and reigned only 2 years and was put to death. 2 Kings 22:1 says Josiah was 8 years old when he became King over Judah. Was Amon ...
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1 Kings 20:42 - How would have Ahab known that God wanted the Syrian king dead?

1 Kings 20:42 And he said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall be for his life, and your people ...
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Was King Joash supposed to repair the temple?

Well actually my real question is, why didn’t Johoiada and the other priests use the money to repair the temple. Were they not supposed to? Were the priests using the money for personal means? Was ...
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Ecclesiastes 1:12

Ecclesiastes 1:12 says I, Qoheleth, was king in Jerusalem over Israel. and 1:1 The words of Qoheletha son of David, king in Jerusalem. This is usually interpreted as if Solomon was the author of ...
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Did God repent of the evil he had declared against Ahab in 1 Kings 21?

After having got Naboth killed Ahab is told by the prophet Elijah that in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth they will also lick his KJV 1 Kings 21 : 19 And thou shalt speak unto him, ...
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What were the terms of the covenant of brotherhood between Israel and Tyre?

Reference to 1 Kings 5:12. Since nations had no relations of blood, by virtue of a treaty, they had a relationship of brotherhood. Hence, Tyre and Israel were brothers. Reference to Amos 1:6, Tyre ...
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Does Acts 12:21-23 prohibit worship of Kings?

Acts 12:21-23 says "Now on an appointed day Herod clothed himself in royal apparel, and sat on the judgment seat, and began addressing them. 22 But the people began to cry out, “It is the voice ...
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2 Kings 13:21 - וַיֵּלֶךְ - who went?

2 kings 13:21 וַיְהִי הֵם קֹבְרִים אִישׁ, וְהִנֵּה רָאוּ אֶת-הַגְּדוּד, וַיַּשְׁלִיכוּ אֶת-הָאִישׁ, בְּקֶבֶר אֱלִישָׁע; וַיֵּלֶךְ וַיִּגַּע הָאִישׁ, בְּעַצְמוֹת אֱלִישָׁע, וַיְחִי, וַיָּקָם עַל-...
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What is the thing (the face of the Lord?) in the altar that Achaz exposes?

In the Septuagint IV Kings 16:14 it says that Achaz built an altar modelled after one in Damascus and "brought forth the face (το προσωπον) from the house of the Lord from between the house of the ...
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Does 1 Kings 8:35-36 and 46-50 teach that, under the Old Covenant, one was able to receive forgiveness without a sacrifice?

When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: 36Then ...
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Why did Manasse rule so long as recorded in 2 Kings 21? [closed]

2 Kings 21 (KJV) 1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did that which was evil in ...
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Did King Hezekiah do something wrong in showing off his wealth to emissaries from Babylonia in II Kings 20?

The Hezekiah (Heb: Chizkiyahu) narrative in II Kings (chapters 17 – 20) and Isaiah (36 – 39) concludes on a dissonant and haunting confrontation between King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah. Hezekiah ...
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Are "Uzziah" and "Azariah" the name of the same king?

This is with reference to the two passages 2 Chronicles 26: Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. 2 He built ...
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How did the shadow move back ten steps in 2 Kings 20:8-11?

There are several things I'd like to know about this passage: And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the LORD on the ...
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In what sense is the word בּרך (blaspheme) used in 1 Kings 10:9 & 1 Kings 21:10

(KJV)1 Kings 10:9 9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment ...
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What was the meaning of cutting off the horns of the altar in Amos 3:14?

Amos 3:14 (NKJV) 14 “That in the day I punish Israel for their transgressions, I will also visit destruction on the altars of Bethel; And the horns of the altar shall be cut off And fall to the ...
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What is the Temple of Arza? Which idol is this?

In I Kings 16:9, the Bible mentions that Zimri assassinated Elah, king of Israel, when the latter was drunk at the "House of Arza" (בית ארצא). Both the Targum and the Peshitta there add that Arza was ...
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Where was Uzziah buried?

2 Chronicles 26:23 (ESV) reads: And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham ...
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Why did King Solomon have Adonijah killed? [duplicate]

Adonijah proclaims himself king over Israel with the help of Joab and few others. Then King David publicly proclaims that Solomon is the new king. Once Solomon is the new king why does he order the ...
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Did Jehoahaz and Jehoash's reign overlap?

2 Kings 13:1 says that Jehoahaz began to reign in the 23rd year of Joash king of Judah and that he (Jehoahaz) reigned for 17 years. This means that Jehoahaz's reign ended in the 40th year of Joash's ...
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Why was Abishag the Shunammite important?

When we shift from Samuel to Kings, we start with this fairly benign story: King David was now old, advanced in years; and though they covered him with bedclothes, he never felt warm. His courtiers ...
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Who began his reign first: Jehoram of Israel, or Jehoram of Judah?

2Ki 3:1 says that Jehoram became king in Israel in Jehoshaphat's 18th year. 2Ki 1:17 says that Jehoram became king in Israel in Jehoram of Judah's 2nd year. 2Ki 8:16 says that Jehoram became king in ...