1 Chronicles 3: David's family & kings of Judah & beyond
3 is an overview of all of the kings that flowed down and from
the family tree of David, right down to the Exile (and after).
It specifically covers the kings of the southern kingdom [Judah]
after the split following Solomon's disobedience and disciplining.]
The Extensive family of David – including Solomon
were the sons of David born to him in Hebron:
firstborn was Amnon the son of Ahinoam of Jezreel;
second, Daniel the son of Abigail of Carmel;
third, Absalom the son of Maakah daughter of Talmai king
fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;
fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital;
the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah.
six were born to David in Hebron, where he reigned seven years
and six months.
reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-three years,
these were the children born to him there:
Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by
Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel.
were also Ibhar, Elishua, Eliphelet,
Eliada and Eliphelet – nine in all.
these were the sons of David, besides his sons by his concubines.
And Tamar was their sister.
The family of David
reminds us of the numbers of wives he had, some of whom appear
prominently in his story, others less so. There was clearly tension
between different parts of the family which caused problems in
later days, especially when it came to succession. [see 1 Kings
1]. Although polygamy was not expressly forbidden, the negative
fruits of it can clearly be seen in Scripture.]
The subsequent kings of Judah
son was Rehoboam,
sons of Josiah:
the second son,
successors of Jehoiakim:
The list is expressly
of Judah – the southern kingdom [not Israel – the northern kingdom]
and takes us from the division of the rule [1 Kings 12 / 2 Chron
10] through to the Exile [2 Kings 24 / 2 Chron 36]. It is a helpful
starting resource when seeking to learn about the kings of Judah.]
The royal line after the Exile
descendants of Jehoiachin the captive:
Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah.
sons of Pedaiah:
sons of Zerubbabel:
was their sister.
were also five others:
Ohel, Berekiah, Hasadiah and Jushab-Hesed.
descendants of Hananiah:
and Jeshaiah, and the sons of Rephaiah, of Arnan, of Obadiah and
descendants of Shekaniah:
and his sons:
Igal, Bariah, Neariah and Shaphat – six in all.
sons of Neariah:
Hizkiah and Azrikam – three in all.
sons of Elioenai:
Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah and Anani – seven
These are names
that are largely foreign to us, as there were no kings after the
Exile, until Rome appointed Herod the Great.]