Elisha answered, "Go and say to him, 'You will certainly recover';1 buta the LORD has revealed to me that he will in fact die."
He stared at him with a fixed gaze until Hazael felt ashamed.2 Then the man of God began to weep.312
"Why is my lord weeping?" asked Hazael. "Because I know the harm4 you will do to the Israelites," he answered. "You will set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash5 their little children6 to the ground, and rip open7 their pregnant women."
Hazael said, "How could your servant, a mere dog,8 accomplish such a feat?" "The LORD has shown me that you will become king9 of Aram," answered Elisha.
Then Hazael left Elisha and returned to his master. When Ben-Hadad asked, "What did Elisha say to you?" Hazael replied, "He told me that you would certainly recover."
But the next day he took a thick cloth, soaked it in water and spread it over the king's face, so that he died.10 Then Hazael succeeded him as king.
In the fifth year of Joram11 son of Ahab king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram12 son of Jehoshaphat began his reign as king of Judah.
He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.
He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter13 of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD.
Nevertheless, for the sake of his servant David, the LORD was not willing to destroy14 Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp15 for David and his descendants forever.
In the time of Jehoram, Edom rebelled against Judah and set up its own king.16