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King Rezin of Aram (/ˈr.zɪn/[1]) or Rasin of Syria in DRB (Hebrew: רְצִין , Modern {{{2}}}, Tiberian răzin; Latin: Rasin) ruled from Damascus during the 8th century BC. During his reign, he was a tributary of King Tiglath-pileser III of Assyria.[2]

Rezin's reign ended around 732 BC, when Tiglath-Pileser III sacked Damascus and annexed Aram.[2] According to the Bible, the sack of Damascus was instigated by King Ahaz of Judah and ended in Rezin's execution (2 Kings 16:7-9). The execution of Rezin is neither confirmed nor disconfirmed by independent evidence.[3]

According to 2 Kings Rezin allied with Pekah, son of Remaliah, against Ahaz. The defeat of both kings is promised to Ahaz in the Immanuel prophecy Isaiah 7:14, linked to the birth of a child who will be an infant, possibly Ahaz' royal heir Hezekiah, when this takes place.[4]

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Preceded by
Ben-Hadad III
King of Aram-Damascus
792 BC–732 BC
Succeeded by


  1. ^ "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «»
  2. ^ a b Lester L. Grabbe, Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? (New York: T&T Clark, 2007): p.134
  3. ^ Grabbe, Ancient Israel, p.149
  4. ^ Whittaker, H. A. Isaiah Biblia, Cannock