Jezebel

Jezebel

[jez-uh-bel, -buhl]
noun
1.
Also, Douay Bible, Jezabel. the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. I Kings 16:31.
2.
(often lowercase) a wicked, shameless woman.

Jezebelian [jez-uh-bee-lee-uhn, -beel-yuhn] , Jezebelish [jez-uh-bel-ish] , adjective
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Jezebel (ˈdʒɛzəˌbɛl, -bəl)
 
n
1.  Old Testament the wife of Ahab, king of Israel: she fostered the worship of Baal and tried to destroy the prophets of Israel (I Kings 18:4--13); she was killed by Jehu (II Kings 9:29--37)
2.  (sometimes not capital) a shameless or scheming woman

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jezebel
"impudent woman," 1558, after Jezebel, the wicked Tyrean princess who married Ahab, king of Israel (Kings xxi:5-23), from Heb. Izebhel, "a name of uncertain origin and meaning" [Klein].
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Jezebel [(jez-uh-bel)]

In the Old Testament, an immoral, cruel queen of Israel who attempted to kill Elijah and other prophets of God.

Note: A “jezebel” is a scheming and shamelessly evil woman.
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Jezebel definition


chaste, the daughter of Ethbaal, the king of the Zidonians, and the wife of Ahab, the king of Israel (1 Kings 16:31). This was the "first time that a king of Israel had allied himself by marriage with a heathen princess; and the alliance was in this case of a peculiarly disastrous kind. Jezebel has stamped her name on history as the representative of all that is designing, crafty, malicious, revengeful, and cruel. She is the first great instigator of persecution against the saints of God. Guided by no principle, restrained by no fear of either God or man, passionate in her attachment to her heathen worship, she spared no pains to maintain idolatry around her in all its splendour. Four hundred and fifty prophets ministered under her care to Baal, besides four hundred prophets of the groves [R.V., 'prophets of the Asherah'], which ate at her table (1 Kings 18:19). The idolatry, too, was of the most debased and sensual kind." Her conduct was in many respects very disastrous to the kingdom both of Israel and Judah (21:1-29). At length she came to an untimely end. As Jehu rode into the gates of Jezreel, she looked out at the window of the palace, and said, "Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?" He looked up and called to her chamberlains, who instantly threw her from the window, so that she was dashed in pieces on the street, and his horses trod her under their feet. She was immediately consumed by the dogs of the street (2 Kings 9:7-37), according to the word of Elijah the Tishbite (1 Kings 21:19). Her name afterwards came to be used as the synonym for a wicked woman (Rev. 2: 20). It may be noted that she is said to have been the grand-aunt of Dido, the founder of Carthage.

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