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Jezebel

Gustav Dore's wood cut Jezebel was the wife of Ahab, the seventh king of Israel. She was the first time in Israelite history that one of its kings married a heathen woman and the alliance was disastrous. Evil and influential, Jezebel worshiped a pagan god called Baal and she helped to corrupt Israel with idol worship. Her daughter, Athaliah, became Queen of Judah, where she engaged her own brand of corruption.

Jezebel gathered around her pagan prophets by the hundreds: four hundred and fifty ministered under her care to Baal; another four hundred ate at her table. A showdown took place between them and Elijah on Mount Carmel. After God performed a mighty miracle, the people rose up as one and killed the shamed prophets of Baal. Furious, Jezebel vowed to kill Elijah, who fled, only to return later prophesizing her death.

"And also concerning Jezebel the LORD says: 'Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.' (1 Kings 21:23)

Soon after Ahab died, killed in battle by a stray arrow, Jehu was anointed to become a future king of Israel. He was told to destroy the family of Ahab, to avenge the murder of the Lord's prophets, and to avenge the deaths of other people killed by Jezebel. When Jehu saw Jezebel in a palace window, he had three eunuchs throw her out the window, where she was trampled by horses. Dogs then tore her body apart. It was a horrible end for a wicked human being.

Quick Facts:
Jezebel: (means "chaste") The wife of Ahab, the king of Israel

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