¶ And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king
in his stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp
had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
.3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.
|2 - Forty and two years More likely he was 22 as recorded in 2ki0826 since his father was reported as dying at age 40 2ch2105,20. The Hebrew phrase, "a son of 42 years," pictures Ahaziah as coming to the dynasty of Omri in its forty-second year. Athaliah his mother was daughter of Ahab who was son of Omri through Ahab.|
| 4 Wherefore he did evil in
the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab: for they were his counsellors
after the death of his father to his destruction.
.5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.
|4,5 - Did evil Walked in evil ways of Ahab. Compare 1ki2243,4.|
| 6 And he returned to be healed
in Jezreel because of the wounds which were given him at Ramah, when he
fought with Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of
Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was
.7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.
|6 - Jezreel See Galilee area map, left edge. And for Ramah Jerusalem vicinity map, top.|
And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house
of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of
Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them.
9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.
|8 - Jehu was executing judgment God had asked him to do this 2ki0907. God allows natural consequences to being punishment but at times He acts directly to do what is right, protecting the light of truth ge1825, ro1302. This does not mean He approves of all of the behavior of His agents.|
¶ But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead,
she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.
11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land.
|See comments at 2ki1101.|