Henry Allen Ironside

Amon

(Training, or skilled) (2 Kings 21:19-26; 2 Chron. 33:21-25) “Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?”—Job 34:18 “Amon was twenty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh did. And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idol...

Hezekiah

(Strength of Jehovah) 2 Kings 18—21; 2 Chron. 29—32; Isa. 38, 39. Contemporary Prophets: Isaiah; Micah; Nahum; Hosea. “The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.”—Proverbs 29:4 “Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem.” We are confronted here with what has been considered one of the greatest chronological difficulties of the Bible. In few words, it is thi...

Jotham

(Jehovah-perfect) (2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chron. 27:1-4) Contemporary Prophets: Isaiah; Micah; Hosea. “Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.”—Proverbs 20:28 “Jotham was twenty and five years old when he I began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.” Jotham was regent over the kingdom after the judgment of God had fallen upon his father. “And Jotham his son was over th...

Manasseh

(Forgetting) (2 Kings 21:1-18; 2 Chron. 33:1-20) Contemporary Prophet, Joel. “The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.”—Psalm 105:20. “Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem: but did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” “Extremes meet”: here, it would seem, is...

Rehoboam

(Liberator, or enlarger, of the people.) (1 Kings 12:1-24; 14:21-31; 2 Chron. 10-12) Contemporary Prophet, Shemaiah. “In the multitude of people is the king’s honor:but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.”—Proverbs 14:28. Rehoboam was not what we call a strong character. He was, in the beginning of his reign at least, as his own son Abijah said to Jeroboam, “young (inexperienced) and faint-hearted, and did not show himself strong” against the troublers o...

Author's Introduction

It is the author’s purpose in the following pages to review briefly the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel, as recorded in the inspired books of the Kings and Chronicles. These histories are given us in more or less detail, and do not read exactly the same in each book. God has surely a purpose in this, and it is the glory of saints to search out these matters, and to discover, if possible, why these differences exist.

Introduction

By H. A. Ironside. In complying with the request of the writer of this series of papers for an introduction to his truly practical opening up of the major part of the books of Kings and Chronicles, I shall but attempt to go briefly over the histories of the three kings of the undivided monarchy, and that only so far as they are set before us in these particular portions of Scripture. The lives of Saul and David are much more fully dwelt upon in the books of Samuel, but others have written ...

Chronological Table

of the kings of Judah and Israel subsequent to the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon, each of which lasted forty years; from B.C. 1095 to b.c. 975. (After Ussher) Length of reign in years Kings of Judah B.C. Kings of Israel Length of reign in years 17 Rehoboam 975 Jeroboam I 22 3 ...

Abijah

(Jehovah is my Father) (1 Kings 15:1-8; 2 Chron. 13) Contemporary Prophet, Iddo “Great deliverance giveth He to His king; and showeth mercy to His anointed, to David, and to his seed forevermore.”—Ps. 18:50. Abijah’s reign was a brief one. He outlived his father Rehoboam by only three short years. His mother Maachah was a daughter (or granddaughter)3 of Absalom. Abijah was thus descended from David on both his father’s and his mother’s side. His mother, however, turned ou...

Asa

(Healing, or, Cure) (1 Kings 15:9-24; 2 Chron. 14—16) Contemporary Prophets: Azariah, Son Of Oded; Hanani; Jehoram “Better is a poor and a wise child, than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.”—Eccle-siastes 4:13 “And Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his stead. And in his days the land was quiet ten years” (2 Chron. 14:1). His name, “healing” or “cure,” reads like a prophec...
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