(1.) A grandson of Jonathan
(1 Chr. 8:35; 9:42
(2.) The son and successor of Jotham, king
(2 Kings 16; Isa. 7-9; 2 Chr. 28). He gave himself up to a life
of wickedness and idolatry.
Notwithstanding the remonstrances and warnings of Isaiah, Hosea,
he appealed for help against Rezin,
king of Damascus,
king of Israel,
who threatened Jerusalem,
to Tiglath-pileser, the king of Assyria,
to the great injury of his kingdom and his own humilating subjection to the Assyrians (2 Kings 16:7, 9; 15:29
). He also introduced among his people many heathen
and idolatrous customs (Isa. 8:19; 38:8
; 2 Kings 23:12
). He died at the age
of thirty-five years, after reigning sixteen years (B.C. 740-724), and was succeeded by his son Hezekiah.
Because of his wickedness he was "not brought into the sepulchre
of the kings."