|Ahaz (Jehoahaz) BEN JOTHAM ha-David, King of Judah (735/732-716/715BC)
(Abt 740 B.C.-Abt 715 B.C.)
Ahaz (Jehoahaz) BEN JOTHAM ha-David, King of Judah (735/732-716/715BC)
- Born: Abt 740 B.C.
- Died: Abt 715 B.C.
He is said to have given himself up to a life of wickedness, introducing many pagan and idolatrous customs (Isa. 8:19; 38:8; 2 Kings 23:12). He ignored the remonstrances and warnings of the prophets Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah, and appealed to Tiglath-Pileser III, the king of Assyria, for help against Rezin, king of Damascus, and Pekah, Prince of Israel, who threatened Jerusalem. This brought a great injury to his kingdom, and his own humiliating subjection to the Assyrians (2 Kings 16:7, 9; 15:29).
He died at the age of 35, after reigning 16 years, and was succeeded by his son Hezekiah. Because of his wickedness he was "not brought into the sepulchre of the kings."
Ahaz married Abija (Abhi) BAT ZECHARIAH.