1 Then the inhabitants of Jerusalem made his youngest son Ahaziʹah king in his place, for the marauder band that came with the Arabs to the camp had killed all the older ones. So Ahaziʹah the son of Jehoʹram began to reign as king of Judah.
2 Ahaziʹah was 22 years old when he became king, and he reigned for one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliʹah the granddaughter of Omʹri.
3 He too walked in the ways of the house of Aʹhab, for his mother became his adviser in acting wickedly.
4 And he kept doing what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes, like the house of Aʹhab, for they became his advisers after the death of his father, to his destruction.
5 He followed their advice and went with Jehoʹram the son of King Aʹhab of Israel to wage war against King Hazʹael of Syria at Raʹmoth-gilʹead, where the archers wounded Jehoʹram.
6 He returned to Jezʹreel to recover from the wounds that they had inflicted on him at Raʹmah when he fought against King Hazʹael of Syria. Ahaziʹah the son of Jehoʹram the king of Judah went down to Jezʹreel to see Jehoʹram the son of Aʹhab, because he had been wounded.
7 But God brought about the downfall of Ahaziʹah by his coming to Jehoʹram; and when he came, he went out with Jehoʹram to meet Jeʹhu the grandson of Nimʹshi, whom Jehovah had anointed to do away with the house of Aʹhab.
8 When Jeʹhu began to execute judgment on the house of Aʹhab, he found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziʹah’s brothers, ministers of Ahaziʹah, and he killed them.
9 Then he looked for Ahaziʹah; they captured him where he was hiding in Samarʹia, and they brought him to Jeʹhu. Then they put him to death and buried him, for they said: “He is the grandson of Jehoshʹaphat, who searched for Jehovah with all his heart.” There was no one of the house of Ahaziʹah who had the power to rule the kingdom.
10 When Athaliʹah, Ahaziʹah’s mother, saw that her son had died, she rose up and destroyed the entire royal line of the house of Judah.
11 However, Jehoshabʹeath the daughter of the king took Jehoʹash the son of Ahaziʹah and stole him away from among the sons of the king who were to be put to death, and she put him and his nurse in an inner bedroom. Jehoshabʹeath the daughter of King Jehoʹram (she was the wife of Jehoiʹada the priest and a sister of Ahaziʹah) managed to keep him concealed from Athaliʹah, so that she did not put him to death.
12 He remained with them for six years, hidden at the house of the true God, while Athaliʹah was ruling over the land.