Now Jehoshaphatslept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his sonreigned in his stead.
And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat,Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphatking of Israel.3
And their fathergave them greatgifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fencedcities in Judah: but the kingdomgave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.4
Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.5Jehoram was thirty and twoyearsold when he began to reign , and he reignedeightyears in Jerusalem.6
And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.7
Howbeit the LORDwould not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a lighta to him and to his sons for ever.8
In his days the Edomitesrevolted from under the dominionb of Judah, and made themselves a king.9
Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in , and the captains of the chariots.10
So the Edomitesrevolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also did Libnahrevolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORDGod of his fathers.11
Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication , and compelledJudah thereto.
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 greatcplague 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.20Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign , and he reigned in Jerusalemeightyears, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.