11Then the inhabitants of JerusalemmadeaAhaziah, his youngestson, king in his place, for the band of men who came with 2the Arabs to the camp had slainall the older sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoramking of Judah began to reign.
2Ahaziah was btwenty-twoyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedoneyear in Jerusalem. And his mother'sname was Athaliah, the cgranddaughter of Omri.
He alsowalked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor to dowickedly.
He didevil in the sight of the LORD like the house of Ahab, for they were his counselorsafter the death of his father, to 3his destruction.
He alsowalked according to their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahabking of Israel to wagewaragainstHazaelking of Aram at Ramoth-gilead. But the d4ArameansewoundedfJoram.
So he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the woundsgwhich they had inflicted on him at Ramah, when he foughtagainstHazaelking of Aram. And hAhaziah, the son of Jehoramking of Judah, wentdown to seeJehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
Now 5the destruction of Ahaziah was from God, in that ihe went to Joram. For when he came, 6he went out with JehoramagainstJehu the son of Nimshi, 7whom the LORD had anointed to cutoff the house of Ahab.
88It came about when Jehu was executingjudgment on the house of Ahab, he found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah'sbrothersministering to Ahaziah, and slew them.
99He also soughtAhaziah, and they caught him while he was hiding in Samaria ; they brought him to Jehu, put him to death10and buried him. For they said, "He is the son of Jehoshaphat, 11whosought the LORD with all his heart." So there was noone of the house of Ahaziah to retain the power of the kingdom.
1012Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziahsaw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyedall the royaljoffspring of the house of Judah.
But Jehoshabeath the king'sdaughtertookJoash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king'ssons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom . So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of KingJehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah ), hid him from Athaliah so that she would not put him to death.
He was hidden with them in the house of Godsixyears while Athaliahreignedover the land.