“And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.”
King James Version (KJV)
16:31 A light thing - The Hebrew runs, was it a light thing, &c,that is, was this but a small sin, that therefore he needed to add moreabominations? Where the question, as is usual among the Hebrews,implies a strong denial; and intimates, that this was no small sin, buta great crime; and might have satisfied his wicked mind, without anyadditions. Jezebel - A woman infamous for her idolatry, and cruelty, andsorcery, and filthiness. Eth - baal - Called Ithbalus, or Itobalusin heathen writers. So she was of an heathenish and idolatrous race. Suchas the kings and people of Israel were expressly forbidden to marry.Baal - The idol which the Sidonians worshipped, which is thought to beHercules. And this idolatry was much worse than that of the calves;because in the calves they worshipped the true God; but in these, false godsor devils.