1 Kings Bible Study


The book of 1 Kings provides an account of the death of David, the reign of his son Solomon, and the decline and division of the Kingdom of Israel after Solomon and many of his successors turned to idol worship. It also recounts the ministry of the prophet Elijah among the northern ten tribes of Israel.


A challenge from the book of 1 Kings, Chapters 1-22 (King James Version edition)

Steps (23)

Step 1: 1 Kings - Chapter 1

David was very old. His son Adonijah exalted himself as king. When David heard he told Zadok and Nathan to anoint Solomon as king.

Step 2: 1 Kings - Chapter 2

David charged Solomon to keep the law and to punish Joab and Shimei. Then David died. Solomon had Adonijah, Joab and Shimei executed.

Step 3: 1 Kings - Chapter 3

Solomon married Pharaoh's daughter. He asked the LORD for discernment. Two women came before him and he judged between them wisely.

Step 4: 1 Kings - Chapter 4

Solomon had officials and twelve governors. He ruled from the River to the land of Egypt. Men of all nations came to hear his wisdom.

Step 5: 1 Kings - Chapter 5

Solomon sent to King Hiram: "I will build a house for the LORD. Cut down cedars for me." The workers prepared the timber and stones.

Step 6: 1 Kings - Chapter 6

Solomon built the temple. The LORD said, "If you walk in my ways I will dwell with Israel." Solomon overlaid the temple with gold.

Step 7: 1 Kings - Chapter 7

Solomon built his own house. Hiram made pillars, the sea and utensils for the temple of bronze. Solomon made the furniture of gold.

Step 8: 1 Kings - Chapter 8

The priests brought the ark into the temple. Solomon said, "O LORD, if anyone prays toward this place then hear from heaven and act."

Step 9: 1 Kings - Chapter 9

The LORD said to Solomon, "If you walk in my ways I will establish your throne." Solomon did not make slaves of the sons of Israel.

Step 10: 1 Kings - Chapter 10

The queen of Sheba came to test Solomon. She gave him gold, spices and precious stones. Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth.

Step 11: 1 Kings - Chapter 11

Solomon had many wives and turned to other gods. Ahijah told Jeroboam that the LORD would give him ten of the tribes. Solomon died.

Step 12: 1 Kings - Chapter 12

Rehoboam refused to reduce the labour demands on Israel. So all Israel except Judah made Jeroboam king. Jeroboam made golden calves.

Step 13: 1 Kings - Chapter 13

A man of God cried out against Jeroboam's altar. He disobeyed the LORD by eating at an old prophet's house and was killed by a lion.

Step 14: 1 Kings - Chapter 14

Ahijah told Jeroboam's wife: "The LORD says, 'I will sweep away the house of Jeroboam.'" Rehoboam ruled Judah and Judah did evil.

Step 15: 1 Kings - Chapter 15

Abijam ruled Judah and was not devoted to the LORD. Asa ruled and did right. Nadab ruled Israel and did evil. Baasha killed Nadab.

Step 16: 1 Kings - Chapter 16

Elah ruled Israel and did evil. Zimri killed Elah but Israel made Omri king. Omri did evil. Ahab ruled and began to worship Baal.

Step 17: 1 Kings - Chapter 17

Elijah told Ahab, "There will be no rain." Elijah stayed with a widow in Zarephath. The widow's son died but the LORD revived him.

Step 18: 1 Kings - Chapter 18

Elijah went to Ahab and challenged the prophets of Baal. Baal gave no answer but the LORD answered Elijah with fire. Then rain fell.

Step 19: 1 Kings - Chapter 19

Elijah fled from Jezebel. At Horeb there was a wind, an earthquake and a fire; then the LORD spoke. Elijah put his mantle on Elisha.

Step 20: 1 Kings - Chapter 20

Ben-hadad attacked Samaria. Israel defeated the Arameans twice. Ahab made a treaty with Ben-hadad so a prophet spoke against him.

Step 21: 1 Kings - Chapter 21

Naboth would not sell his vineyard, so Jezebel had him killed. Elijah said to Ahab, "Dogs will lick up your blood and eat Jezebel."

Step 22: 1 Kings - Chapter 22

Ahab and Jehoshaphat planned for war. Micaiah said, "I saw Israel scattered. Your prophets are lying." Ahab was killed in battle.

Step 23: Quiz

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