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6-7 But Hazael had defeated Israel’s army so badly that Jehoahaz had only ten chariots, fifty cavalry troops, and ten thousand regular soldiers left in his army.

The Israelites kept sinning and following the example of Jeroboam’s family. They did not tear down the sacred poles[a] that had been set up in Samaria for the worship of the goddess Asherah.

Everything else Jehoahaz did while he was king, including his brave deeds, is written in The History of the Kings of Israel.

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  1. 13.6,7 sacred poles: Or “trees,” used as symbols of Asherah, the goddess of fertility.