II Chronicles 21-22

“He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing” (22:4).  King Ahaziah’s short reign was poisoned because he listened to wicked counselors – his mother and her relatives, who were from “the house of Ahab” in northern Israel, known for idolatry.  Every king was surrounded by potential advisors, and rulers who were immature or ego-driven often chose the worst (24:17-19).  In contrast, Ahaziah’s son Joash listened to a righteous priest (ch 23).

Godly, wise advice is a gift.  “Whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster" (Prov 1:33).