Ahaziah becomes king of Judah. Athaliah becomes queen of Judah.
VERSE 1. The inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his place, because the band of men who came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the oldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
Ahaziah his youngest son. He is Jehoram’s only surviving son.
king in his place. Ahaziah is made king of Judah.
VERSE 2. Ahaziah was forty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
forty-two years old. The Hebrew says “42.” But that is probably a copyist’s error for 22.
2 Kings 8:26. Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri king of Israel.
VERSE 3. He also walked in the ways of Ahab’s house, because his mother was his counselor in acting wickedly.
walked in the ways of Ahab’s house. Like his father Jehoram, Ahaziah is self-centered. And cruel. And he does evil but calls it good.
he reigned one year. This terrible man reigns for one year, and then is killed.
VERSE 4. He did that which was evil in the LORD’s sight, as did Ahab’s house, for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.
VERSE 5. He also followed their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.
He also followed their counsel. Ahaziah follows the counsel of his father’s evil advisers in every respect.
VERSE 6. He returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which they had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. Azariah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
returned to be healed in Jezreel. King Joram of Israel was wounded in the battle near Ramoth Gilead. He returned to his secondary residence at Jezreel to recover.
VERSE 7. Now the destruction of Ahaziah was of God, in that he went to Joram; for when he had come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off Ahab’s house.
VERSE 8. When Jehu was executing judgment on Ahab’s house, he found the princes of Judah and the sons of the brothers of Ahaziah serving Ahaziah, and killed them.
killed them. Ahaziah murders most of the royal family of Judah. He is a mass murderer.
VERSE 9. He sought Ahaziah, and they caught him (now he was hiding in Samaria), and they brought him to Jehu and killed him; and they buried him, for they said, “He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart.” The house of Ahaziah had no power to hold the kingdom.
VERSE 10. Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal offspring of the house of Judah.
destroyed all the royal offspring of the house of Judah. Athaliah completes the task of murdering all the royal children.
Like her son, queen Athaliah is also a mass murderer.
VERSE 11. But Jehoshabeath, the king’s daughter, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stealthily rescued him from among the king’s sons who were slain, and put him and his nurse in the bedroom. 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 didn’t kill him.
hidden in God’s house six years. We can “hide” ourselves in the house of God. For us Christians, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We can secretly commune with God within.
1 Corinthians 6:19. Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
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