Jehoram received a letter from Elijah1 the prophet, which said: "This is what the LORD, the God of your father2 David, says: 'You have not walked in the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or of Asa3 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.4 You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your father's house, men who were better5 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 disease6 of the bowels, until the disease causes your bowels to come out.' "