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 ØT0002078 .) (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 ØT0002078 [5.].)
After the death of jehoash , Amaziah reigned for fifteen years, but was not very successful in his undertakings.
jehoash, we are told, gained three victories over his hereditary enemy, while Jeroboam occupied its cities.
There were, indeed, internal troubles, and jehoash perished in a conspiracy.
Only the babe jehoash was saved, and he remained hidden in the Temple adjoining the palace itself.
jehoash magnanimously set the captured monarch at liberty, but demanded hostages.
In Israel, jehoash evinced deep respect for the prophet Elisha, and followed his counsel in all important matters.
jehoash, encouraged by the victory he had just obtained over the Aramans, went forth to meet him.
The moderation displayed by jehoash was no doubt due to the influence of the prophet Elisha or his disciples.
It was not until jehoash, the grandson of Jehu, came to the throne of Israel that the tide turned.
jehoash, the grandson of Jehu, had achieved successes in conflict with Damascus.