Jehoahaz’s Reign over Israel
13:1 In the twenty-third year of the reign of Judah’s King Joash son of Ahaziah, Jehu’s son Jehoahaz became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 1 for seventeen years. 13:2 He did evil in the sight of 2 the Lord. He continued in 3 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who had encouraged Israel to sin; he did not repudiate those sins. 4 13:3 The Lord was furious with 5 Israel and handed them over to 6 King Hazael of Syria and to Hazael’s son Ben Hadad for many years. 7
13:4 Jehoahaz asked for the Lord’s mercy 8 and the Lord responded favorably, 9 for he saw that Israel was oppressed by the king of Syria. 10 13:5 The Lord provided a deliverer 11 for Israel and they were freed from Syria’s power. 12 The Israelites once more lived in security. 13 13:6 But they did not repudiate 14 the sinful ways of the family 15 of Jeroboam, who encouraged Israel to sin; they continued in those sins. 16 There was even an Asherah pole 17 standing in Samaria. 13:7 Jehoahaz had no army left 18 except for fifty horsemen, ten chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers. The king of Syria had destroyed his troops 19 and trampled on them like dust. 20
13:8 The rest of the events of Jehoahaz’s reign, including all his accomplishments and successes, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 21 13:9 Jehoahaz passed away 22 and was buried 23 in Samaria. His son Joash replaced him as king.