He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat : Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, aAzaryahu, Michael and Shephatiah. Allthese were the sons of Jehoshaphatking1of Israel.
Their fathergave them manygifts of silver, gold and preciousthings, 2with 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 3killedall his brothers with the sword, and some of the rulers of Israelalso.
54Jehoram was thirty-twoyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedeightyears in Jerusalem.
65He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahabdid (6for 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, 7and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sonsforever .
In his days8Edomrevolteddagainst 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, 9he madehighplaces in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem10to play the harlot and ledJudahastray.
Then a lettercame to him from Elijah the prophetsaying, "Thussays the LORDGod of your fatherDavid, 'Because11you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father12and the ways of Asaking of Judah,