Jorama1 son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned twelve years.
He did evil2 in the eyes of the LORD, but not as his father3 and mother had done. He got rid of the sacred stone4 of Baal that his father had made.
Nevertheless he clung to the sins5 of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.
Now Mesha king of Moab6 raised sheep, and he had to supply the king of Israel with a hundred thousand lambs7 and with the wool of a hundred thousand rams.
But after Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled8 against the king of Israel.
So at that time King Joram set out from Samaria and mobilized all Israel.