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Jehoahaz (Hebrew: יְהוֹאָחָז Yəhō’āḥāz, meaning "Yahweh has held"; Latin: Joachaz), was the eleventh king of Israel being the son and successor of the previous king, Jehu[1]. He reigned in the twenty-third year of the reign of Joash, king of Judah[2].


Early Life[]

At the time of his birth around 800 B.C, his father Jehu ascended to the throne, having being appointed by Elijah to exterminate the line of Ahab, and destroying the idols of Baal[3]. Though Jehu himself, in the latter, turned from the ways of God and became wicked; Jehoahaz later inherited both the traits of his father and his kingdom.


Jehoahaz reigned in the twenty-third year of Jehoash of Judah, and did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, king of Israel[4]. Because of his wickedness, the Lord's wrath burned against the kingdom of Israel and oppressed them under the power of Hazael king of Aram and Ben Hadad his son[5].

Jehoahaz, realising that God can help them, sought the Lord. Therefore Yahweh heard his prayers; for he could see the oppression the king of Aram was against Israel. God then provided a deliverer for Israel and thence was freed from the oppression[6]. But they did not repudiate the sins of Jeroboam who provoked Israel to sin against God, and there was still an Asherah pole in Samaria[7].


Therefore, Jehoahaz's army was reduced to 5 charioteers, 10 chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers. The king of Aram gruesomely slaughtered the other troops, trampling them as dust under his feet[8].


Jehoahaz died and was buried in Samaria, his son, Jehoash succeeded him as king of Israel[9].


  1. 2 Kings 10:35 (Link)
  2. 2 Kings 13:1 (Link)
  3. 1 Kings 19 (Link)
  4. 2 Kings 13:1-2 (Link)
  5. 2 Kings 13:3 (Link)
  6. 2 Kings 13:4-5 (Link)
  7. 2 Kings 13:6 (Link)
  8. 2 Kings 13:7 (Link)
  9. 2 Kings 13:8-9 (Link)