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The parallel passage (2 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 (2 Chronicles 21:5), it is probable that the forty-two years given in this verse represents a copyist error in later transmission.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8