Jehoram Succeeds Jehoshaphat in Judah
1 aThen Jehoshaphat° slept° with his fathers° and was buried° with his fathers° in the city° of David°, and Jehoram° his son° became° king° in his place°. 2 He had brothers°, the sons° of Jehoshaphat°: Azariah°, Jehiel°, Zechariah°, IAzaryahu°, Michael° and Shephatiah°. All° these° [were] the sons° of Jehoshaphat° king° aof Israel°. 3 Their father° gave° them many° gifts° of silver°, gold° and precious° things°, awith fortified° cities° in Judah°, but he gave° the kingdom° to Jehoram° because° he was the firstborn°.
4 ¶ Now when Jehoram° had Itaken° over° the kingdom° of his father° and made° himself IIsecure°, he akilled° all° his brothers° with the sword°, and some° of the rulers° of Israel° also°. 5 aJehoram° [was] thirty-two°° years° old° when he became° king°, and he reigned° eight° years° in Jerusalem°. 6 aHe walked° in the way° of the kings° of Israel°, just° as the house° of Ahab° did° (bfor Ahab’s° daughter° was his wife°), and he did° evil° in the sight° of the LORD°. 7 Yet the LORD° was not willing° to destroy° the house° of David° because° of the covenant° which° He had made° with David°, aand since° He had promised° to give° a lamp° to him and his sons° forever°°.
 ILit risen up IILit strong aGn 4:8; Jg 9:5
 a2K 8:17-22
 a1K 12:28-30 b2Ch 18:1
 a2S 7:12-17; 1K 11:13, 36
Revolt against Judah
8 ¶ In his days° aEdom° revolted° Iagainst°°° the rule° of Judah° and set° up a king° over° themselves. 9 Then Jehoram° crossed° over° with his commanders° and all° his chariots° with him. And he arose° by night° and struck° down° the Edomites° who were surrounding° him and the commanders° of the chariots°. 10 So Edom° revolted° Iagainst°°° Judah° to this° day°. Then° Libnah° revolted° at the same° time° IIagainst°° his rule°, because° he had forsaken° the LORD° God° of his fathers°. 11 Moreover°, ahe made° high° places° in the mountains° of Judah°, and caused the inhabitants° of Jerusalem° bto play° the harlot° and led° Judah° astray°.
 ILit from under the hand of a2Ch 20:22, 23; 21:10
 ILit from under the hand of IILit from under his hand
 a1K 11:7 bLv 20:5
12 ¶ Then a letter° came° to him from Elijah° the prophet° saying°, “Thus° says° the LORD° God° of your father° David°, ‘Because°° ayou have not walked° in the ways° of Jehoshaphat° your father° band the ways° of Asa° king° of Judah°, 13 but ahave walked° in the way° of the kings° of Israel°, and have caused Judah° and the inhabitants° of Jerusalem° to play° the harlot° bas the house° of Ahab° played° the harlot°, and you chave also° killed° your brothers°, Iyour own family°°, who were better° than° you, 14 behold°, the LORD° is going to strike° your people°, your sons°, your wives° and all° your possessions° with a great° Icalamity°; 15 and ayou will suffer Isevere° sickness°, a disease° of your bowels°, until° your bowels° come° out because° of the sickness°, day° by day°.’”
 a2Ch 17:3, 4 b2Ch 14:2-5
 ILit your father’s house a2Ch 21:6 b1K 16:31-33 c2Ch 21:4
 ILit blow
 ILit in many sicknesses a2Ch 21:18, 19
16 ¶ Then athe LORD° stirred° up against° Jehoram° the spirit° of the Philistines° and bthe Arabs° who° Ibordered°° the Ethiopians°; 17 and they came° against Judah° and invaded° it, and carried° away all° the possessions° found° in the king’s° house° together° with his sons° and his wives°, so that no° son° was left° to him except°° IaJehoahaz°, the youngest° of his sons°.
18 ¶ So after° all° this° the LORD° smote° him ain his bowels° with an incurable°° sickness°. 19 Now it came° about in the course°° of time°, at the end° of two° years°, that his bowels° came° out because° of his sickness° and he died° in great° pain°. And his people° made° no° fire° for him like athe fire° for his fathers°. 20 He was thirty-two°° years old° when he became° king°, and he reigned° in Jerusalem° eight° years°; and he departed° Iawith no° one’s regret°, and they buried° him in the city° of David°, bbut not in the tombs° of the kings°.
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Jehoram, succeeding Jehoshaphat, slayeth his brethren.
1 ¶ Now Jehoshaphatº sleptºª with² his fathers,º and was buriedºª with² his fathersº in the cityº of David.º And Jehoramº his sonº reignedºª in his stead.² 2 And he had brethrenº the sonsº of Jehoshaphat,º Azariah,º and Jehiel,º and Zechariah,º and Azariah,º and Michael,º and Shephatiah:º all² these² [were] the sonsº of Jehoshaphatº kingº of Israel.º 3 And their fatherº gaveºª them greatº giftsº of silver,º and of gold,º and of precious things,º with² fencedº citiesº in Judah:º but the kingdomº gaveºª he to Jehoram;º because² he² [was] the firstborn.º 4 Now when Jehoramº was risen upºª to² the kingdomº of his father,º he strengthened¹ª himself,² and slewºª² all² his brethrenº with the sword,º and [divers] also² of the princesº² of Israel.º
 1K 22:50; 2K 8:16; 2Ch 9:31; 12:16; 21:20.
 2Ch 12:6; 21:4; 23:2; 24:5, 16; 28:19, 23, 27; 33:18; 35:18.
 Gn 25:6; Dt 21:15; 1K 8:16; 2Ch 11:23.
 Gn 4:8; Jg 9:5, 56; 2Ch 21:17; 22:8, 10; 1Jn 3:12.
His wicked reign.
5 ¶ Jehoramº [was] thirtyº and twoº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª eightº yearsº in Jerusalem.º 6 And he walked¹ª² in the wayº of the kingsº of Israel,º like as² didºª the houseº of Ahab:º for² he had² the daughterº of Ahabº to wife:º and he wroughtºª [that which was] evilº in the eyesº of the LORD.º 7 Howbeit the LORDº wouldºª not² destroyºª² the houseº of David,º because of² the covenantº that² he had madeºª with David,º and as² he promisedºª to giveºª a lightº to him and to his sonsº for ever.º²
 2K 8:17; 2Ch 21:5.
 1K 16:25; 2K 8:18; 2Ch 18:1; 22:2; Ne 13:25.
 2S 7:12; 23:5; 1K 11:13, 36; 2K 8:19; 2Ch 22:11; Ps 89:28, 39; 132:11, 17; Is 7:6; Jr 33:20; Lk 1:69, 79.
Edom and Libnah revolt.
8 ¶ In his daysº the Edomitesº revoltedºª from under²² the dominionº of Judah,º and madeºª² themselves a king.º 9 Then Jehoramº went forthºª with² his princes,º and all² his chariotsº with² him: and he rose upºª² by night,º and smoteºª² the Edomitesº which compassed²² him in,¹ª and the captainsº of the chariots.º 10 So the Edomitesº revoltedºª from under²² the handº of Judahº unto² this² day.º The same² timeº [also] did Libnahº revoltºª from under²² his hand;º because² he had forsakenºª² the LORDº Godº of his fathers.º 11 Moreover² he² madeºª high placesº in the mountainsº of Judah,º and caused² the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalemº to commit fornication,ºª and compelledºª² Judahº [thereto].
 Gn 27:40; 1K 22:47; 2K 3:9; 8:20.
 Dt 32:21; Jsh 21:13; 1K 11:31, 33; 2K 19:8; 2Ch 13:10; 15:2; Jr 2:13.
 Lv 17:7; 20:5; Dt 12:2; 1K 11:7; 14:9, 16; 2K 9:22; 21:11; 2Ch 21:13; 33:9; Ps 78:58; 106:39; Ezk 16:15; 20:28; Dn 3:5, 15; Hab 2:15; Rv 2:20; 13:15; 17:1, 5.
The prophecy of Elijah against him in writing.
12 ¶ And there cameºª a writingº to² him from Elijahº² the prophet,º saying,ºª Thus² saithºª the LORDº Godº of Davidº thy father,º Because²² thou hast not² walkedºª in the waysº of Jehoshaphatº thy father,º nor in the waysº of Asaº kingº of Judah,º 13 But hast walked¹ª² in the wayº of the kingsº of Israel,º and hast made² Judahº and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalemº to go a whoring,ºª like to the whoredomsºª of the houseº of Ahab,º and also² hast slainºª² thy brethrenº of thy father'sº house,º [which were] betterº than² thyself: 14 Behold,² with a greatº plagueº will the LORDº smiteºª thy people,º and thy children,º and thy wives,º and all² thy goods:º 15 And thou² [shalt have] greatº sicknessº by diseaseº of thy bowels,º until² thy bowelsº fall outºª by reason of² the sicknessº dayº by² day.º
 1K 15:11; 22:43; 2K 2:1, 11; 2Ch 14:2; 17:3; Jr 36:2, 23, 28; Ezk 2:9; Dn 5:5, 25.
 Gn 4:10; 42:21; Ex 34:15; Dt 31:16; Jg 9:56; 1K 2:31; 16:25, 30; 2K 9:22; 2Ch 21:4, 11; Is 26:21; Jr 3:8; Hab 2:12; 1Jn 3:12.
 Ex 20:5; Lv 26:21; Ho 5:11; Mi 6:16.
 Nu 5:27; Dt 28:27, 37, 59, 61, 67; 2Ch 21:18; Ps 109:18; Ac 1:18; 12:23.
The Philistines and Arabians oppress him.
16 ¶ Moreover the LORDº stirred upºª against² Jehoramº² the spiritº of the Philistines,º and of the Arabians,º that² [were] nearºº the Ethiopians:º 17 And they came upºª into Judah,º and brake¹ª into² it, and carried awayºª² all² the substanceº that was foundºª in the king'sº house,º and his sonsº also,² and his wives;º so that there was never² a sonº leftºª him, save²² Jehoahaz,º the youngestº of his sons.º
 1S 26:19; 2S 24:1; 1K 11:11, 14, 23; 2Ch 17:11; 33:11; Ezr 1:1, 5; Is 10:5; 45:5; Am 3:6.
 2Ch 22:1, 6; 24:7; Jb 5:3.
His incurable disease, infamous death, and burial.
18 ¶ And afterº all² this² the LORDº smoteºª him in his bowelsº with an incurableºº disease.º 19 And it came to pass,² that in process of time,º² after¹ª¹ the endº²² of twoº years,º his bowelsº fell outºª by reason¹ of² his sickness:º so he diedºª of soreº diseases.º And his peopleº madeºª no² burningº for him, like the burningº of his fathers.º 20 Thirtyº and twoº years oldº was² he when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª in Jerusalemº eightº years,º and departed¹ª² without² being desired.º Howbeit they buriedºª him in the cityº of David,º but not² in the sepulchresº of the kings.º
 2K 9:29; 2Ch 21:15; Ac 12:23.
 2Ch 16:14; Jr 34:5.
 2Ch 21:5; 23:21; Pv 10:7; Jr 22:18, 28.
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