But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. – 1 Kings 19:25
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For all of his military and political prowess as king of Israel, Ahab’s marriage to the idolatrous foreigner Jezebel left his reputation in shame. It’s hard to think of a more vivid face of oppression than hers – with her big appetites, love of ostentation, orgies, and hunger for flattery.
Yes, she was powerful – ultimately maybe even more so than her husband.
In the end, she left the nation headed toward eventual ruin and its people toward dissipation. But how do you stop corruption?
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Again he saith, I am the Lord, that is my Name; and my Glory will I not give to another, neither my Praise to graven Images. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)