"Increase of the people." The son and successor of Jehoash, and the fourteenth king of Israel, over which he ruled for forty-one years, 825-784 BCE.1 He followed the example of the first Jeroboam in keeping up the worship of the golden calves.2 His reign was contemporary with those of Amaziah3 and Uzziah,4 kings of Judah. He was victorious over the Syrians,5 and extended Israel to its former limits, from "the entering of Hamath to the sea of the plain."6 His reign was the most prosperous that Israel had ever known as yet. With all this outward prosperity, however, iniquity widely prevailed in the land.7
His name occurs in Scripture only in 2 Kings 13:13; 14:16, 23, 27, 28, 29; 15:1, 8; 1 Chr. 5:17; Hos. 1:1; Amos 1:1; 7:9, 10, 11. In all other passages it is Jeroboam the son of Nebat that is meant.
- Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.
This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.