11Then Jehoshaphatslept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his sonbecameking in his place.
He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, aAzaryahu, Michael and Shephatiah. Allthese were the sons of Jehoshaphatking2of Israel.
Their fathergave them manygifts of silver, gold and preciousthings, 3with fortifiedcities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehorambecause he was the firstborn.
Now when Jehoram had btakenover the kingdom of his father and made himself csecure, he 4killedall his brothers with the sword, and some of the rulers of Israelalso.
55Jehoram was thirty-twoyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedeightyears in Jerusalem.
66He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahabdid (7for Ahab'sdaughter was his wife ), and he didevil in the sight of the LORD.
Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of Davidbecause of the covenantwhich He had made with David, 8and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sonsforever .
In his days9Edomrevolteddagainst the rule of Judah and set up a kingover themselves.
Then Jehoramcrossedover with his commanders and all his chariots with him. And he arose by night and struckdown the Edomites who were surrounding him and the commanders of the chariots.
So EdomrevoltedeagainstJudah to thisday. ThenLibnahrevolted at the sametimefagainst his rule, because he had forsaken the LORDGod of his fathers.
11Moreover, 10he madehighplaces in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem11to play the harlot and ledJudahastray.
Then a lettercame to him from Elijah the prophetsaying, "Thussays the LORDGod of your fatherDavid, 'Because12you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father13and the ways of Asaking of Judah,
but 14have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot15as the house of Ahabplayed the harlot, and you 16have alsokilled your brothers, gyour own family , who were betterthan you,
14behold, the LORD is going to strike your people, your sons, your wives and all your possessions with a greathcalamity;
and 17you will suffer iseveresickness, a disease of your bowels, until your bowelscome out because of the sickness, day by day.' "
Then 18the LORDstirred up againstJehoram the spirit of the Philistines and 19the Arabswhojbordered the Ethiopians;
and they came against Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessionsfound in the king'shousetogether with his sons and his wives, so that noson was left to him exceptk20Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
So afterallthis the LORDsmote him 21in his bowels with an incurablesickness.
Now it came about in the course of time, at the end of twoyears, that his bowelscame out because of his sickness and he died in greatpain. And his peoplemadenofire for him like 22the fire for his fathers.
He was thirty-two years old when he becameking, and he reigned in Jerusalemeightyears; and he departedl23with no one's regret, and they buried him in the city of David, 24but not in the tombs of the kings.