Jehoahaz, son of Jehu

“In the twenty-third year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin. He did not depart from them. Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Ben-Hadad the son of Hazael, all their days.” (2Ki 13:1-3)

Jehoahaz pleaded with God for deliverance from the oppression of the Syrians who had decimated his army:

“For He left of the army of Jehoahaz only fifty horsemen, ten chariots, and ten thousand foot soldiers; for the king of Syria had destroyed them and made them like the dust at threshing.” (2Ki 13:7)

The Lord listened to Jehoahaz and sent a deliverer, the identity of which is not expressly stated. While the children of Israel experienced a season of peace and dwelt in their tents as before, the text says they still did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which means worship of the golden calf continued. Furthermore, the record mentions that a wooden Asherah remained in Samaria — apparently the idol had escaped the destruction by Jehu.

At last, Jehoahaz rested with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. Then Jehoash, his son, reigned in his place.