A list of kings and other rulers is given in this chapter; fourteen of them, to be exact. There were righteous ones as well as wicked ones. By and large, when the wicked ruled, the people did not prosper. But when the righteous ruled, cities were built, industry and commerce were established, and the people prospered. As a matter of fact, it was said of the people of righteous King Lib that there “never could be a people more blessed than were they, and more prospered by the hand of the Lord” (v. 28). It’s just like we read in Proverbs: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2). In societies where leaders are chosen by election, voters would do well to choose righteous ones.