22 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead, for all the elder sons had the band of men slain who came in with the Arabians into the camp,—so Ahaziah son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
2 Forty-two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and one year reigned he in Jerusalem,—and the name of his mother was Athaliah, daughter of Omri.
3 He too walked in the ways of the house of Ahab,—for his mother became his counsellor to work lawlessness.
4 Wherefore he did the thing that was wicked in the eyes of Yahweh like the house of Ahab,—for they became his counsellors after the death of his father to his destruction.
5 Even in their counsel he walked, and went with Jehoram son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria, in Ramoth-gilead,—and the Syrians smote Joram.
6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds wherewith they smote him in Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria,—and Azariah son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram son of Ahab in Jezreel because sick was he!
7 But from God came the downfall of Azariah, through his coming to Joram,—and because through his coming he went out with Jehoram against Jehu son of Nimshi, whom Yahweh had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab.
8 And so it came to pass when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab,—and found the rulers of Judah and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah ministering to Ahaziah that he slew them.
9 And he sought Ahaziah and they captured him, he having hid himself in Samaria, and they brought him unto Jehu and he put him to death, and they buried him because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought Yahweh with all his heart,—and no one of the house of Ahaziah had ability for the kingdom.
10 But when Athaliah mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead she rose up and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.
11 But Jehoshabeath, daughter of the king, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the sons of the king who were being slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber,—so Jehoshabeath daughter of King Jehoram—wife of Jehoiada the priest for she was the sister of Ahaziah—hid him from the face of Athaliah so that she slew him not.
12 And it came to pass that he was with them in the house of God, hidden six years,—while Athaliah was reigning over the land.