22 The people of Jerusalem ·chose [made] Ahaziah, Jehoram’s youngest son, to be king in his place. The ·robbers [raiders; marauders] who had come with the Arabs to attack Jehoram’s camp had killed all of Jehoram’s older sons. So Ahaziah began to ·rule [reign over] Judah. 2 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he ·ruled [reigned] one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri. 3 Ahaziah ·followed [L walked in] the ways of Ahab’s ·family [L house], because his mother ·encouraged [counseled; advised] him to do ·wrong [evil]. 4 Ahaziah did ·what the Lord said was wrong [L evil in the Lord’s sight/eyes], as Ahab’s ·family [L house] had done. They ·gave advice to Ahaziah [were his counselors] after his father died, ·and their bad advice led to his death [leading to his destruction]. 5 Following their ·advice [counsel], Ahaziah went with Joram son of Ahab to Ramoth in Gilead, where they fought against Hazael king of Aram. The Arameans wounded Joram. 6 So Joram returned to Jezreel to heal from the wounds he received at Ramoth when he fought Hazael king of Aram.
Ahaziah son of Jehoram and king of Judah went down to visit Joram son of Ahab at Jezreel because he had been ·wounded [sick].
7 God caused Ahaziah’s ·death [downfall] when he went to visit Joram. Ahaziah arrived and went out with Joram to ·meet [fight] Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had ·appointed [L anointed] to destroy Ahab’s ·family [L house]. 8 While Jehu was ·punishing [executing judgment against] Ahab’s ·family [L house], he found the ·leaders [officials] of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s ·relatives [brothers] who served Ahaziah, and Jehu killed them all [2 Kin. 10:12–14]. 9 Then Jehu ·looked [searched] for Ahaziah. Jehu’s men caught him hiding in Samaria, so they brought him to Jehu. Then they killed and buried him. They said, “Ahaziah is a descendant of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat ·obeyed [sought] the Lord with all his heart.” No one in Ahaziah’s ·family [L house] ·had the power [was strong enough] to take control of the kingdom of Judah.
Athaliah and Joash
10 When Ahaziah’s mother, Athaliah, saw that her son was dead, she ·killed [destroyed] all the royal ·family [line] of the house of Judah. 11 But Jehosheba, King Jehoram’s daughter, took Joash, Ahaziah’s son. She stole him from among the other sons of the king who were going to be ·murdered [executed] and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. So Jehosheba, who was King Jehoram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s sister and the wife of Jehoiada the priest, hid Joash so Athaliah could not ·kill [execute] him. 12 He hid with them in the ·Temple [L house] of God for six years. During that time Athaliah ·ruled [reigned over] the land.
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