0 SAB 2 Chronicles 22

Whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 15:13

Trivia: Who waxed mighty and married 18 wives?

2 Chronicles


Jehu kills Ahaziah and his relatives
22:1-9, Cf. 2 Kg 8:25-29, 9:14-29, 10:12-14

1 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.

After God killed Jehoram (by making his bowels fall out) and the Arabians killed his older sons, the inhabitants of Jerusalem made his youngest son, Ahaziah, the king of Judah. [1]

2Forty 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.

Ahaziah was 42 years old when he began to reign. [2]

His mother was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri. [3]

3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.

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.

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 sick.

He was wicked like Ahab,

(because his mother, Athaliah, taught him to do wicked things),

and he did them in the sight of the Lord.

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.

God sent Jehu to kill Ahaziah [4],

8 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.

and the sons of Ahaziah's brothers [5],

as part of his mission from God to kill everyone associated with King Ahab. [6]

9And 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.

They captured Ahaziah, brought him to Jehu, and killed him.
Athaliah kills her grandsons
(and becomes queen of Judah)

22:10-12, Cf. 2 Kg 11:1-3

10 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.

When Athaliah learned that her son, Ahaziah, was dead, she killed all of his sons (her grandsons).

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.

Except for Ahaziah's son, Joash, who hid in the bedroom of Jehoiada's wife for six years.

12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land.

Meanwhile, Athaliah became the queen of Judah.

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