I heard from one rabbi about 4 king, each of them has a special ability: one ran fast, one saw far away, one has a good memory. And Hashem punished them accordingly: the first was ill with a gout, the second was blind and so on. But he can't remember where did he read about it. Does it have any source?

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    You mention four kings, but only list three abilities. Plus, where do you even learn about these four kings? Is it some Midrash?
    – ezra
    Jun 28, 2017 at 16:16
  • @ezra I don't remember about 4th. And I don't remember where I did read it, but it looks like a midrash
    – Ishayahu
    Jun 28, 2017 at 16:24
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    The best I can come up with is that King Solomon could talk to animals, King Nimrod had a magical garment that also gave him powers over animals, and Idi Amin could play the accordion. Jun 29, 2017 at 1:12
  • @ClintEastwood Idi Amin was not a king.
    – DanF
    Jun 29, 2017 at 19:15
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    He was the Last King of Scotland Jun 29, 2017 at 21:09

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This seems to come from a beraita quoted in Sotah 10a regarding five individuals, four of whom were kings (or would-be kings):

ת"ר חמשה נבראו מעין דוגמא של מעלה וכולן לקו בהן שמשון בכחו שאול בצוארו אבשלום בשערו צדקיה בעיניו אסא ברגליו

The Sages taught: Five individuals were created with a characteristic that is akin to a representation of the One on High, and they were all stricken by that characteristic. Samson in his strength, Saul in his neck, Absalom in his hair, Zedekiah in his eyes, and Asa in his feet.

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