1The inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his place, for the band of men who came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
242 years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
3He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly.
4He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, as did the house of Ahab; for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.
5He walked also according to their counsel and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead: and the Syrians wounded Joram.
6He returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that they had given him at Ramah when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
7Now the destruction of Ahaziah was of God, in that he went to Joram; for when he had come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom Yahweh had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.
8It came to pass, when Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, that he found the officials of Judah and the sons of the brothers of Ahaziah ministering to Ahaziah, and killed them.
9He sought Ahaziah, and they caught him (now he was hiding in Samaria), and they brought him to Jehu and killed him; and they buried him, for they said, “He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought Yahweh with all his heart.” The house of Ahaziah had no power to hold the kingdom.
10Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal seed of the house of Judah.
11But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were slain, and put him and his nurse in the bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she didn’t kill him.
12He was with them hidden in God’s house six years, and Athaliah reigned over the land.