He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel,1 as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab.2 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD.
Nevertheless, because of the covenant the LORD had made with David,3 the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David.4 He had promised to maintain a lamp5 for him and his descendants forever.
In the time of Jehoram, Edom6 rebelled against Judah and set up its own king.
So Jehoram went there with his officers and all his chariots. The Edomites surrounded him and his chariot commanders, but he rose up and broke through by night.
To this day Edom has been in rebellion against Judah. Libnah7 revolted at the same time, because Jehoram had forsaken the LORD, the God of his fathers.
He had also built high places on the hills of Judah and had caused the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves and had led Judah astray.
Jehoram received a letter from Elijah8 the prophet, which said: "This is what the LORD, the God of your father9 David, says: 'You have not walked in the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or of Asa10 king of Judah.
But you have walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did.11 You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your father's house, men who were better12 than you.
So now the LORD is about to strike your people, your sons, your wives and everything that is yours, with a heavy blow.
You yourself will be very ill with a lingering disease13 of the bowels, until the disease causes your bowels to come out.' "
The LORD aroused against Jehoram the hostility of the Philistines and of the Arabs14 who lived near the Cushites.