Then Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with them in the City of David. And Jehoram1 his son succeeded him as king.
Jehoram's brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat, were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael and Shephatiah. All these were sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.a3
Their father had given them many gifts2 of silver and gold and articles of value, as well as fortified cities3 in Judah, but he had given the kingdom to Jehoram because he was his firstborn son.
When Jehoram established4 himself firmly over his father's kingdom, he put all his brothers5 to the sword along with some of the princes of Israel.
Jehoram 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,6 as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab.7 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD.
Nevertheless, because of the covenant the LORD had made with David,8 the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David.9 He had promised to maintain a lamp10 for him and his descendants forever.
In the time of Jehoram, Edom11 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. Libnah12 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.