KINGS-1 TOTAL CHAPTERS: 22
KINGS-1 TOTAL VERSES: 816
TOTAL WORDS: 24,524
DATE WRITTEN: 550 BC
Reigns Of Solomon To Jehoshaphat, The decline and eventual dissolution of the monarchy in Israel.
King David, King Solomon, Rehoboam, Jeroboam, Elijah, Ahab, and Jezebel.
BOOK OF KINGS-1 KEY VERSES:
1:30: I will surely carry out today what I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.
9:3: The LORD said to him: ‘I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
12:16: When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: ‘What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse’s son? To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, O David!
12:28: After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, ‘It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.
17:1: Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.
Kings 1 and 2 is a sequel to books of Samuel and should be read as a continuation of the history of the Hebrew nation contained in the previous books. Initially, these books were regarded as one book. It describes God’s faithfulness to his people despite their sin. Despite ending with the judgment of exile, there was still hope in God’s promises at the end of 2 Kings. It started from the last days of David and ended at the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel, in 721 B.C and to the fall of the southern kingdom, Judah, in 586 B.C. So the two books contained almost 300 years of the history of the Israelites from the death of David 970 B.C. to the Babylonian exile in 586 B.C. Kings-1 starts with Solomon and ends with Elijah. After Solomon’s death, Israel was ruled by a series of kings, most of whom were sinful and idolatrous. Among the evilest kings were Ahab and his queen, Jezebel, who brought the worship of Baal to new heights in Israel. However, God kept sending his prophets to encourage God’s people to be hopeful and trust that God will ultimately fulfill all his promises.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter# 1 – David was very old. Adonijah David’s son declared himself as king. David asked Zadok and Nathan that Solomon be anointed.
Chapter# 2 – David’s Instructions For Solomon. David died. Solomon reigns as king in Israel. Solomon executed Adonijah, Joab and Shimei.
Chapter# 3 – Solomon allied with Egypt, married Pharaoh’s daughter. Solomon’s Request For Wisdom. Given and Tested by judging between two women & their babies.
Chapter# 4 – Solomon wisdom in Administration. Judah & Israel had peace & prosperity. People of all nations came to hear his wisdom.
Chapter# 5 – Solomon planned to build the temple. King Hiram provides building materials.
Chapter# 6 – Solomon started Temple. Description of temple dimensions, Interior and Furnishings.
Chapter# 7 – Solomon built his own house. Furniture of copper and gold.
Chapter# 8 – The Ark brought into the temple. The Lord entered into the temple. Sacrifices and dedication festival.
Chapter# 9 – The Lord appeared to Solomon again. Lord promised that “If you walk in my ways I will establish your throne.”
Chapter# 10 – Queen of Sheba visited Solomon. Tested him. Exchange of gifts.
Chapter# 11 – Solomon’s Foreign Wives and Apostasy. God raised up enemies. Jeroboam rebelled. Death of Solomon.
Chapter# 12 – Rehoboam as king. Isreal Appeal for labor demands. Rehoboam negative reply and revolt in Israel. So all Israel except Judah made Jeroboam king.
Chapter# 13 – A man of God spoke against Jeroboam. The Man Of God Disobeyed and Died. Jeroboam Continued In His Sins.
Chapter# 14 – Jeroboam’s wife visits Ahijah. Ahijah’s prophecy against Jeroboam. Death of Jeroboam.
Chapter# 15 – Abijam & Asa reign over Judah; Asa follows God; Nadab & Baasha reign over Israel; Israel fights against Judah
Chapter# 16 – Baasha died. Elah ruled over Israel. Zimri killed Elah. Omri ruled, did evil, dies; Ahab ruled, did evil
Chapter# 17 – The Prophet Elijah Arises. Declared three year drought to Ahab. Elijah stayed with a widow in Zarephath. The widow’s son died, but God revived him.
Chapter# 18 – Elijah meets Obadiah and Ahab. Elijah went to Ahab and challenged the prophets of Baal. Both sacrificed on Mount Carmel, but fire consumes Elijah’s sacrifice. Rain fell on Israel
Chapter# 19 – Elijah flees Jezebel’s wrath. Elijah’s Encounter With The Lord. Elisha anointed as his successor.
Chapter# 20 – Syrian Israeli Conflicts. Benhadad vs. Ahab. Israel won the battle against Syria twice. Ahab made a treaty with Benhadad. A prophet predicted Ahab’s death.
Chapter# 21 – The Vineyard Of Naboth The Jezreelite. Ahab asked Naboth for the vineyard. Elijah said to Ahab, “Dogs will lick up your blood and eat Jezebel. Ahab repented
Chapter# 22 – Jehoshaphat Of Judah Allies With Ahab Of Israel. False prophets predict victory. Ahab killed at Ramoth Gilead. Jehoshaphat died. Jehoram reigned