In the Book of Kings I and II of the Bible, Jezebel was the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. She favored the worship of the god Baal* and ordered the deaths of many Hebrew prophets. Because of her actions, the prophet Elijah cursed her, saying that dogs would eat her body by the walls of the capital city.

prophet one who claims to have received divine messages or insights

prophecy foretelling of what is to come; also something that is predicted

After Ahab died, Jezebel's son Jehoram and a warrior named Jehu both claimed the throne. Jehu killed Jehoram and became king. He went to Jezebel's palace, where she was waiting for him dressed in beautiful clothes. When Jezebel taunted Jehu from her window, however, he ordered her servants to throw her out the window. Although he later declared that she should receive a proper burial, her body had been eaten by dogs in the street, fulfilling Elijah's prophecy. Evil women have since come to be called Jezebels.

See also Baal .

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