Forty and two

2 Chronicles 22:2

22:2 Forty and two. The parallel passage (II Kings 8:26) says that Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king. Since his father Jehoram was only forty years old at his death (II Chronicles 21:5), it is probable that the forty-two years given in this verse represents a copyist error in later transmission. Several writers have proposed ad hoc solutions to this discrepancy (e.g., the 42 years refers to his mother’s age at Ahaziah’s birth), but these all are less reasonable ways of dealing with Scripture than to allow a very understandable scribal error in copying.

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