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jehoash


jehoash


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Jehoash 
  Jehovah-given.  (1.)  The  son  of  King  Ahaziah.  While  yet  an 
  infant,  he  was  saved  from  the  general  massacre  of  the  family  by 
  his  aunt  Jehosheba,  and  was  apparently  the  only  surviving 
  descendant  of  Solomon  (2  Chr.  21:4,  17).  His  uncle,  the  high 
  priest  Jehoiada,  brought  him  forth  to  public  notice  when  he  was 
  eight  years  of  age,  and  crowned  and  anointed  him  king  of  Judah 
  with  the  usual  ceremonies.  Athaliah  was  taken  by  surprise  when 
  she  heard  the  shout  of  the  people,  "Long  live  the  king;"  and 
  when  she  appeared  in  the  temple,  Jehoiada  commanded  her  to  be 
  led  forth  to  death  (2  Kings  11:13-20).  While  the  high  priest 
  lived,  Jehoash  favoured  the  worship  of  God  and  observed  the  law; 
  but  on  his  death  he  fell  away  into  evil  courses,  and  the  land 
  was  defiled  with  idolatry.  Zechariah,  the  son  and  successor  of 
  the  high  priest,  was  put  to  death.  These  evil  deeds  brought  down 
  on  the  land  the  judgement  of  God,  and  it  was  oppressed  by  the 
  Syrian  invaders.  He  is  one  of  the  three  kings  omitted  by  Matthew 
  (1:8)  in  the  genealogy  of  Christ,  the  other  two  being  Ahaziah 
  and  Amaziah.  He  was  buried  in  the  city  of  David  (2  Kings  12:21). 
  (See  {JOASH}  [4].) 
 
  (2.)  The  son  and  successor  of  Jehoahaz,  king  of  Israel  (2 
  Kings  14:1;  comp.  12:1;  13:10).  When  he  ascended  the  throne  the 
  kingdom  was  suffering  from  the  invasion  of  the  Syrians.  Hazael 
  "was  cutting  Israel  short."  He  tolerated  the  worship  of  the 
  golden  calves,  yet  seems  to  have  manifested  a  character  of 
  sincere  devotion  to  the  God  of  his  fathers.  He  held  the  prophet 
  Elisha  in  honour,  and  wept  by  his  bedside  when  he  was  dying, 
  addressing  him  in  the  words  Elisha  himself  had  used  when  Elijah 
  was  carried  up  into  heaven:  "O  my  father,  my  father,  the  chariot 
  of  Israel  and  the  horsemen  thereof."  He  was  afterwards  involved 
  in  war  with  Amaziah,  the  king  of  Judah  (2  Chr.  25:23-24),  whom 
  he  utterly  defeated  at  Beth-shemesh,  on  the  borders  of  Dan  and 
  Philistia,  and  advancing  on  Jerusalem,  broke  down  a  portion  of 
  the  wall,  and  carried  away  the  treasures  of  the  temple  and  the 
  palace.  He  soon  after  died  (B.C.  825),  and  was  buried  in  Samaria 
  (2  Kings  14:1-17,  19,  20).  He  was  succeeded  by  his  son.  (See 
  {JOASH}  [5.].) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Jehoash,  fire  of  the  Lord