He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azaryahu, Michael and Shephatiah. All these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king 1of Israel.
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Their father gave them many gifts of silver, gold and precious things, 2with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.
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Now when Jehoram had taken over the kingdom of his father and made himself secure, he 3killed all his brothers with the sword, and some of the rulers of Israel also.
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4Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
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5He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab did (6for Ahab's daughter was his wife ), and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.
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Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy the house of David because of the covenant which He had made with David, 7and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever .
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In his days 8Edom revolted against the rule of Judah and set up a king over themselves.
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Then Jehoram crossed over with his commanders and all his chariots with him. And he arose by night and struck down the Edomites who were surrounding him and the commanders of the chariots.
So Edom revolted against Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time against his rule, because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.
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Moreover, 9he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem 10to play the harlot and led Judah astray.
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Then a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet saying, "Thus says the LORD God of your father David, 'Because 11you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father 12and the ways of Asa king of Judah,
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