Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king over Israel in Samaria during the twenty-third year Joash son of Ahaziah was king of Judah. Jehoahaz ruled seventeen years,
and he did what the Lord said was wrong. Jehoahaz did the same sins Jeroboam son of Nebat had done. Jeroboam had led Israel to sin, and Jehoahaz did not stop doing these same sins.
So the Lord was angry with Israel and handed them over to Hazael king of Aram and his son Ben-Hadad for a long time.
Then Jehoahaz begged the Lord, and the Lord listened to him. The Lord had seen the troubles of Israel; he saw how terribly the king of Aram was treating them.
He gave Israel a man to save them, and they escaped from the Arameans. The Israelites then lived in their own homes as they had before,
but they still did not stop doing the same sins that the family of Jeroboam had done. He had led Israel to sin, and they continued doing those sins. The Asherah idol also was left standing in Samaria.
Nothing was left of Jehoahaz's army except fifty horsemen, ten chariots, and ten thousand foot soldiers. The king of Aram had destroyed them and made them like chaff.
Everything else Jehoahaz did and all his victories are written in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
Jehoahaz died and was buried in Samaria, and his son Jehoash became king in his place.