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."

Held by Jehovah. (1.) The son and successor of Ahab. He followed "the counsels of his mother Jezebel, and imitated in wickedness" the ways of his father. In his reign the Moabites revolted from under his authority (2 Kings 3:5-7). He united with Jehoshaphat "in an attempt to revive maritime trade by the Red Sea, which" "proved a failure (2 Chr. 20:35-37). His messengers, sent to" consult the god of Ekron regarding his recovery from the effects "of a fall from the roof-gallery of his palace, were met on the" "way by Elijah, who sent them back to tell the king that he would" never rise from his bed (1 Kings 22:51; 2 Kings 1:18). "(2.) The son of Joram, or Jehoram, and sixth king of Judah. "Called Jehoahaz (2 Chr. 21:17; 25:23), and Azariah (2 Chr." "22:6). Guided by his idolatrous mother Athaliah, his reign was" "disastrous (2 Kings 8:24-29; 9:29). He joined his uncle Jehoram," "king of Israel, in an expedition against Hazael, king of" Damascus; but was wounded at the pass of Gur when attempting to "escape, and had strength only to reach Megiddo, where he died (2" Kings 9:22-28). He reigned only one year.

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Definition of Ahaz:
"one that takes or possesses"