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JEZEBEL (Heb. izevel, meaning uncertain, perhaps unexalted, unhusbanded). 1. Daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Zidonians, and queen of Ahab, king of Israel (c. 874-853 B.C.). She had been brought up a zealous worshiper of Baal, and as the wife of Ahab she not only continued her ancestral religion but tried to impose it on the people of Israel. To please her, Ahab built a temple and an altar to Baal in Samaria (1 Kings 16:32), and 450 prophets of Baal ate at her table (18:19). She killed all the prophets of the Lord on whom she could lay her hands (18:4-13). When she was told of the slaughter of the prophets of Baal by Elijah, she threatened Elijah's life, and he was obliged to flee. The killing of Ahab's family was a punishment for the persecution of the prophets of the Lord by Jezebel (2 Kings 9:7). Later she secured Naboth's vineyard for Ahab by having its owner unjustly executed (1 Kings 21). When Elijah heard of this crime, he told Ahab that God's vengeance would fall on him and that dogs would eat Jezebel's body by the wall of Jezreel. The prophecy was fulfilled (2 Kings 9:7, 30-37). 
2. In Revelation 2:20, in the letter to Thyatira, we read of "that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess"; she led some members of the Christian church there to commit spiritual fornication. This may be a symbolic name, given because of the resemblance between her and the idolatrous wife of Ahab.

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
JEZEBEL (possibly unexalted, unhusbanded).
  • Daughter of Ethbaal, a Sidonian, and wife of Ahab (1Ki 16:31).
  • Worshiped idols and persecuted the prophets of God (1Ki 18:4,13, 19; 2Ki 3:2,13; 9:7,22).
  • Vowed to kill Elijah (1Ki 19:1-3).
  • Wickedly accomplishes the death of Naboth (1Ki 21:5-16).
  • Death of, foretold (1Ki 21:23; 2Ki 9:10).
  • Death of, at the hand of Jehu (2Ki 9:30-37).
  • Figurative (Rev 2:20).

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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
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