The murder of King Ahaziah (2 Kings 9:27-9:29)

“When King Ahaziah of Judah saw this, he fled in the direction of Beth-haggan. Jehu pursued him, saying. ‘Shoot him also.’ They shot him in the chariot at the ascent of Gur, which is by Ibleam. Then he fled to Megiddo. He died there. His officers carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem. They buried him in his tomb with his ancestors in the city of David. In the eleventh year of King Jehoram son of King Ahab, King Ahaziah began to reign over Judah.”

King Ahaziah of Judah took off when he saw what had happened to his uncle. Beth-haggan is never mentioned elsewhere but Ibleam is in Issachar territory. It is strange that he fled north when Judah was south. Jehu had his men shoot King Ahaziah with a bow and arrow. He was wounded but died in Megiddo in northern Manasseh. However, they carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, where he was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. There seems to be some sort of correction about when King Ahaziah took over as king as outlined in chapter 8.

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