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Ahaz

Meaning: possessor.

The name of two biblical men:

  1. A grandson of Jonathan (1 Chr. 8:35; 9:42).

  2. King Ahaz—the son and successor of Jotham, king of Judah (2 Kings 16; Isa. 7-9; 2 Chr. 28). He lived 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, doing great harm to his kingdom and resulting in his own humilating subjection to the Assyrians (2 Kings 16:7, 9; 15:29).

    He also introduced his people to 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.”

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