And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet,saying , Thus saith the LORDGod of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asaking of Judah,13
But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring , like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father'shouse, which were better than thyself:
Behold, with a greataplague will the LORDsmite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:15
And thou shalt have greatsickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sicknessday by day.16
Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were neartheEthiopians:17
And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king'shouse, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a sonleft him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.18
And after all this the LORDsmote him in his bowels with an incurabledisease.19
And it came to pass, that in process of time,after the end of twoyears, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sorediseases. And his peoplemade no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.