Kings of a Decaying Kingdom
(Books of 1 & 2 Chronicles)

1 Chronicles is a review of events with a great deal of genealogical detail.  The kings after Solomon begin in 2 Chronicles chapter 10 where Rehoboam rejects the advice of the elders, which leads to a split of the kingdom.  When the leaders humbled themselves, the Lord relented but there were consequences (12:5-8, 12).  Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord (chapters 14 & 15), but suffered the consequences of not relying on the Lord in chapter 16.  In his early years Jehoshaphat walked in the ways of David, chapter 17.  Jehoram did evil in the eyes of the Lord, chapter 21.  Ahaziah did evil in the eyes of the Lord, chapter 22.  "Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest." (24:2).  Later he turned away, chapter 24.  Amaziah, Uzziah and Jotham did what was right, but not wholeheartedly, chapters 25-27 (note 26:16 & 27:6).  

Ahaz did not do right in the eyes of the Lord, chapter 28 (note 28:22).  Hezekiah "...did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done." (29:2; but note 32:25-26).  Manasseh and Amon did evil in the eyes of the Lord, chapter 33. 

Josiah "...walked in the ways of his father David..." (34:2) and reformed the country.  While repairing the temple, they found the Book of the Law written by Moses.  "Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God...you will be buried in peace.  Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place..." (34:27-28).

Jehoahaz reigned only 3 months and was carried off to Egypt.  The king of Egypt made Jehoiakin king.  Jehoiakin "...did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God." (36:5) and was taken to Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar.  Jehoiachine reigned only 3 months and 10 days before being called to Babylon.  Zedekiah "...did evil in the eyes of the Lord..." (36:12) and during his reign the people and possessions of Israel were carried off to Babylon.   

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