22:1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest
son king in his stead: for the band of men that came with
the a Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So
Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
(a) Meaning the Philistines.
22:2b Forty and two years old [was] Ahaziah when he began to
reign, and he reigned c one year in Jerusalem. His
mother's name also [was] Athaliah the daughter d of Omri.
(b) Read (2Ch 21:20).
(c) That is, after the death of his father.
(d) She was Ahab's daughter, who was the son of Omri.
22:4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the
house of Ahab: for they were his e counsellors after the
death of his father to his destruction.
(e) He shows that it follows that the rulers are as their
counsellors are and that there cannot be a good king
who allows wicked counsellors.
22:7 And the destruction of Ahaziah f was of God by coming to
Joram: for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram
against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed
to cut off the house of Ahab.
(f) By this we see that nothing can come to any but by
God's providence and as he has appointed, and therefore
he causes everything to serve his purposes.
22:9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid
in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had
slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he [is] the
son of g Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his
heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still
(g) This was the just plague of God because he joined
himself with God's enemies: yet God to declare the
worthiness of Jehoshaphat his grandfather moved them to
give him the honour of burial.
22:10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son
was dead, she arose and h destroyed all the seed royal
of the house of Judah.
(h) So that there would be no one to claim the crown and
so she might usurp the government.
22:12 And he was with them hid in the i house of God six
years: and Athaliah reigned over the k land.
(i) Meaning, in the chamber where the priests and Levites
slept, who kept their courses weekly in the temple.
(k) That is, of Judah.