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.' "
The LORD aroused against Jehoram the hostility of the Philistines and of the Arabs7 who lived near the Cushites.
They attacked Judah, invaded it and carried off all the goods found in the king's palace, together with his sons and wives. Not a son was left to him except Ahaziah,a the youngest.818
After all this, the LORD afflicted Jehoram with an incurable disease of the bowels.
In the course of time, at the end of the second year, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great pain. His people made no fire in his honor,9 as they had for his fathers.