whom God beholds, an officer of Ben-hadad II., king of Syria, who ultimately came to the throne, according to the word of the Lord to Elijah (1 Kings 19:15), after he had put the king to death (2 Kings 8:15). His interview with Elisha is mentioned in 2 Kings 8. The Assyrians soon after his accession to the throne came against him and defeated him with very great loss; and three years afterwards again invaded Syria, but on this occasion Hazael submitted to them. He then turned his arms against Israel, and ravaged "all the land of Gilead," etc. (2 Kings 10:33), which he held in a degree of subjection to him (13:3-7, 22). He aimed at the subjugation also of the kingdom of Judah, when Joash obtained peace by giving him "all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of the Lord, and in the king's house" (2 Kings 12:18; 2 Chr. 24:24). He reigned about forty-six years (B.C.886-840), and was succeeded on the throne by his son Ben-hadad (2 Kings 13:22-25), who on several occasions was defeated by Jehoash, the king of Israel, and compelled to restore all the land of Israel his father had taken.
I'll send a letter to hazael, the Essene, and after having delivered the message they can remain at the caravanserai in Jericho.
Remember hazael, who said, "Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?"
And hazael king of Syria died; and Ben-hadad his son reigned in his stead.
The thought of usurpation must, without doubt, have been already in hazael's mind.
And hazael went to meet him, taking with him presents, and all the good things of Damascus, the burdens of forty camels.
When he was gone, hazael said: "And now I shall go and chastise that girl."
He promised to return the same evening after transacting his business in Jericho, hazael continued.
The history (p. 21) of hazael fully confirms the truth of this remark.
I said these things to thee, hazael, but what did I say but my thoughts, and what are my thoughts?
hazael's voice interrupted his reveries: would you like, Sir, to visit our house?