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Ahaz

[ey-haz] /ˈeɪ hæz/
noun
1.
a king of Judah, 735?–715? b.c. II Kings 16; II Chron. 28:9.
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Ahaz in the Bible

possessor. (1.) A grandson of Jonathan (1 Chr. 8:35; 9:42). (2.) The son and successor of Jotham, king of Judah (2 Kings 16; Isa. 7-9; 2 Chr. 28). He gave himself up to a life of wickedness and idolatry. Notwithstanding the remonstrances and warnings of Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah, he appealed for help against Rezin, king of Damascus, and Pekah, king of Israel, who threatened Jerusalem, to Tiglath-pileser, the king of Assyria, to the great injury of his kingdom and his own humilating subjection to the Assyrians (2 Kings 16:7, 9; 15:29). He also introduced among his people many heathen and idolatrous customs (Isa. 8:19; 38:8; 2 Kings 23:12). He died at the age of thirty-five years, after reigning sixteen years (B.C. 740-724), and was succeeded by his son Hezekiah. Because of his wickedness he was "not brought into the sepulchre of the kings."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for Ahaz

king of Judah (c. 735-720 BC) who became an Assyrian vassal (2 Kings 16; Isaiah 7-8).

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