The inhabitants of Yerushalayim made Achazyah his youngest son king in his place; for the band of men who came with the `Aravi'im to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Achazyah the son of Yehoram king of Yehudah reigned.
Forty-two years old was Achazyah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Yerushalayim: and his mother's name was `Atalyah the daughter of `Omri.
He also walked in the ways of the house of Ach'av; for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly.
He did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did the house of Ach'av; for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.
He walked also after their counsel, and went with Yehoram the son of Ach'av king of Yisra'el to war against Haza'el king of Aram at Ramot-Gil`ad: and the Aram wounded Yoram.
He returned to be healed in Yizre`el of the wounds which they had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Haza'el king of Aram. `Azaryah the son of Yehoram king of Yehudah went down to see Yehoram the son of Ach'av in Yizre`el, because he was sick.
Now the destruction of Achazyah was of God, in that he went to Yoram: for when he was come, he went out with Yehoram against Yehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the house of Ach'av.
It happened, when Yehu was executing judgment on the house of Ach'av, that he found the princes of Yehudah, and the sons of the brothers of Achazyah, ministering to Achazyah, and killed them.
He sought Achazyah, and they caught him (now he was hiding in Shomron), and they brought him to Yehu, and killed him; and they buried him, for they said, He is the son of Yehoshafat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. The house of Achazyah had no power to hold the kingdom.
Now when `Atalyah the mother of Achazyah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Yehudah.
But Yehoshav`at, the daughter of the king, took Yo'ash the son of Achazyah, and stole him away from among the king's sons who were slain, and put him and his nurse in the bedchamber. So Yehoshav`at, the daughter of king Yehoram, the wife of Yehoiada the Kohen (for she was the sister of Achazyah), hid him from `Atalyah, so that she didn't kill him.
He was with them hid in the house of God six years: and `Atalyah reigned over the land.