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Jezebel (jĕz'e-bĕl), chaste. Isabella. 1. The daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre, and wife of Ahab, king of Israel, infamous for her idolatry, wickedness and cruel persecution of the prophets of Jehovah. She established the worship of Baal and other idols in the kingdom of Israel. 1 Kings 18:3-19. When Elijah caused 450 prophets of Baal to be put to death this wicked woman threatened to slay Elijah, but he escaped. Jezebel planned and executed the murder of Naboth, using the authority and name of the king, and showing her remarkable influence over the wicked Ahab and over the leading men in the kingdom. 1 Kings 21:1-13. Indeed, her character throughout exhibits her as a remarkably able and decisive but impious woman. For even after Ahab's death she maintained the ascendency over her son Joram. The doom of this impious queen was predicted by the prophet Elijah, and was in due time visited upon her to the very letter. See 1 Kings 21:23, and 2 Kings 9:36-37. See Ahab. 2. A symbolical name of a woman in the church at Thyatira, who corrupted the people; so called in allusion to Ahab's idolatrous wife. Revelation 2:20-24

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Jezebel'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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