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Nadab son of Jeroboam, King

Nadab (name may mean free and voluntary gift, generous) was the son of Jeroboam, and his reign was a relatively short one that only lasted for a few years. Nadab’s problems began with his father. Nadab’s fate as a ruler was already sealed from God’s judgment against Jeroboam. He appears on the Biblical Timeline Chart during the time of the Kings after the Division of the Kingdoms.
Jeroboam’s Judgment

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King Nadab

In 1 Kings 14:1-11 Jeroboam’s son Abijah became ill, and Jeroboam wanted to know if his son was going to live. So he told his wife to disguise herself and go to the city of Shiloh to an old and blind prophet of God named Ahijah. Jeroboam believed that the old prophet would be the only person who could tell him if his son would live. Jeroboam’s wife agreed and went to the old prophet’s home. Ahijah knew it was Jeroboam’s wife even though he couldn’t see her, and he then prophesized that Jeroboam’s line would be wipe out because of disobedience to God. Ahijah also told Jeroboam’s wife that the boy was going to die and that he would be the only member of their family that would be buried. She went back to Jeroboam and told him what the old prophet had said. Jeroboam eventually died after a 22-year reign.

God’s Specific Reason for Removing Jeroboam’s Line

God was seriously upset with Jeroboam and the choices that he made to do evil. God used the old prophet Ahijah to tell Jeroboam’s wife that he raised Jeroboam to take over the kingdom after he had removed it from the house of David. The Lord also goes on say that Jeroboam wasn’t anything like King David because he didn’t follow all of his commands, and he didn’t follow after him with all of his heart. He also points out that Jeroboam did more evil deeds than all those who lived before him. Ahijah also revealed how Jeroboam made God angry and then turned his back on him. These are the reasons as to why God’s judgment was hard on Jeroboam.

King Nadab 

King Nadab was the son of Jeroboam and he ruled the kingdom after his father passed away (1 Kings 14:20). He followed in the ways of his father. He grew up in the ways of the Golden Calf Cult, and he promoted this form of worship among the Israelites. He was on the throne for about two years when a man named Bashaa plotted to kill him. Bashaa was the son of a man named Ahijah from the tribe of Issachar. He decided to assassinate Nabad when the Israeli army was attacking a Philistine town. When the moment was right Bashaa struck him down during the siege. Bashaa then made himself king.

The Extermination of Jeroboam’s Line

The death of Nadab signaled the beginning of the end of the rest of Jeroboam’s family line. Once Bashaa became king, God used him to wipe out all of Jeroboam’s kinsmen and according to the prophecy none of them were properly buried. This story is found in 1 Kings 15: 25-31.

Biblical References

  • 1 Kings 14:1-11 The prophet Ahijah explains God’s judgment on Jeroboam.
  • 1 Kings 14:20 King Nadab becomes ruler of Israel
  • 1 Kings 15:25-31 Nadab is slain by a Baasha from the tribe of Issachar, and the rest of Jeroboam’s family line was completely wiped out right after his death.
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2 thoughts on “Nadab son of Jeroboam, King

  1. You have the names of the son of Jeroboam and the prophet reversed. Abijah is the son of Jeroboam, and Ahijah is the name of the prophet.

    14 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.

    2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people.

    1. Thank you Paul for catching that. Agreed, we have made several updates.

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