Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.CHAPTER 22 Ahaziah and Athaliah
1. Ahaziah and his evil reign (2Chronicles 22:1-4)
2. His alliance with Ahab’s son (2Chronicles 22:5)
3. At Jezreel (2Chronicles 22:6-7)
4. Jehu’s judgment and Ahaziah’s end (2Chronicles 22:8-9)
5. Athaliah (2Chronicles 22:10-12)
When the Philistines and Arabians invaded Judah they carried away the treasures of Jehoram, and slew his sons. Only Jehoahaz the youngest son was left (2Chronicles 21:17). He is also known as Ahaziah and Azariah. These names in Hebrew have the same meaning “upheld by Jehovah.” Poor, young Ahaziah still reaps the harvest of the unfortunate alliance of his grandfather Jehoshaphat. The leaven is doing its dreadful work. His mother Athaliah, granddaughter of the wicked Omri and daughter of Ahab, was his counsellor to do wickedly. He therefore did evil in the sight of the LORD, like the house of Ahab, for they were his counsellors, after the death of his father, to his destruction. What might have been if his grandfather Jehoshaphat had not made affinity with Ahab and his house and marrying his son Jehoram to Athaliah! Ahaziah’s end, after he went with his uncle Jehoram, the son of Ahab, and the circumstances connected with it we have already annotated in Second Kings. Athaliah’s awful crime in slaying the seed royal and the miraculous preservation of Joash, the reader will also find explained in 2 Kings.