In the twenty-third year of the reign of Joash son of Ahaziah as king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel, and he ruled in Samaria for seventeen years.
Like King Jeroboam before him, he sinned against the Lord and led Israel into sin; he never gave up his evil ways.
So the Lord was angry with Israel, and he allowed King Hazael of Syria and his son Benhadad to defeat Israel time after time.
Then Jehoahaz prayed to the Lord, and the Lord, seeing how harshly the king of Syria was oppressing the Israelites, answered his prayer.
The Lord sent Israel a leader, who freed them from the Syrians, and so the Israelites lived in peace, as before.
But they still did not give up the sins into which King Jeroboam had led Israel, but kept on committing them; and the image of the goddess Asherah remained in Samaria.
Jehoahaz had no armed forces left except fifty cavalry troops, ten chariots, and ten thousand foot soldiers, because the king of Syria had destroyed the rest, trampling them down like dust.
Everything else that Jehoahaz did and all his brave deeds are recorded in [The History of the Kings of Israel.]
He died and was buried in Samaria, and his son Jehoash succeeded him as king.
In the thirty-seventh year of the reign of King Joash of Judah, Jehoash son of Jehoahaz became king of Israel, and he ruled in Samaria for sixteen years.
He too sinned against the Lord and followed the evil example of King Jeroboam, who had led Israel into sin.
Everything else that Jehoash did, including his bravery in the war against King Amaziah of Judah, is recorded in [The History of the Kings of Israel.]
Jehoash died and was buried in the royal tombs in Samaria, and his son Jeroboam II succeeded him as king.
The prophet Elisha was sick with a fatal disease, and as he lay dying, King Jehoash of Israel went to visit him. "My father, my father!" he exclaimed as he wept. "You have been the mighty defender of Israel!" 1