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Ahaziah Of Judah

Ahaziah was the sixth king of Judah (see Israelite Monarchy - The Southern Kingdom), the son and successor of Jehoram (see Jehoram Of Judah). Ahaziah was the son of "Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel," a connection to the wicked Omri and Ahab (see Omri Of Israel and Ahab Of Israel) that caused Ahaziah to also do "evil in the sight of the LORD."

"8:25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel did Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign [see Kings of Israel and Judah].

8:26 Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.

8:27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ahab: for he was the son in law of the house of Ahab." (2 Kings 8:25-27 KJV)

"When Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled"

Ahaziah's relative youth and inexperience (he was 22 when he began his 1-year reign) may well have been the reason that, in the presence of seasoned men, he was more of a follower than a leader. Ahaziah of Judah joined with his uncle, Joram, king of Israel (see Joram Of Israel) in a war against the king of Damascus. It was a fatal mistake for Ahaziah; he got caught in a coup against another king that resulted in both of them being assassinated.

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"9:21 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite. 9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?

9:23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah.

9:24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. 9:25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him; 9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD." (2 Kings 9:21-26 KJV)

Ahaziah's inexperience is again attested by his, rather than standing and lawfully defending himself with lethal vigor from a pack of human jackals that were about to kill him if allowed to do so, Ahaziah fled like a defenseless, hunted animal.

"9:27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there.

9:28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.

9:29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah." (2 Kings 9:27-29 KJV)

Fact Finder: Through which royal line, Israel or Judah, did Jesus Christ inherit the throne of King David?
See Israelite Dynasties

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