2 Kings 8:16-24

Jehoram Reigns in Judah

16 In the fifth year of 1Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah,[a] Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign.
17 He was 2thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for 3the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.
19 Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, 4since he promised to give 5a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
20 In his days Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up 6a king of their own.
21 Then Joram[b] passed over to Zair with all his chariots and rose by night, and he and his chariot commanders struck the Edomites who had surrounded him, but his army 7fled home.
22 8So Edom revolted from the rule of Judah to this day. Then 9Libnah revolted at the same time.
23 Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
24 So Joram slept with his fathers and was buried 10with his fathers in the city of David, and 11Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.

2 Kings 8:16-24 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 2 KINGS 8

This chapter gives an account of some advice Elisha had formerly given to the Shunammite woman, and of the success of it, 2Ki 8:1-6 and of the sickness of the king of Syria, who sent to Elisha, then being at Damascus, by Hazael, to know whether he should recover; by whom a message was returned, and Hazael was told by the prophet he should be king of Syria, and exercise great cruelty in Israel, 2Ki 8:7-15 and of the bad reign of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, over Judah, 2Ki 8:16-24 and of the reign of his son Ahaziah, 2Ki 8:25-29.

2 Kings 8:16-24 In-Context

14 Then he departed from Elisha and came to his master, who said to him, "What did Elisha say to you?" And he answered, "He told me that you would certainly recover."
15 But the next day he took the bed cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over his face, till he died. And Hazael became king in his place.
16 In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign.
17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.
19 Yet the LORD was not willing to destroy Judah, for the sake of David his servant, since he promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
20 In his days Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up a king of their own.
21 Then Joram passed over to Zair with all his chariots and rose by night, and he and his chariot commanders struck the Edomites who had surrounded him, but his army fled home.
22 So Edom revolted from the rule of Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time.
23 Now the rest of the acts of Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
24 So Joram slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Ahaziah his son reigned in his place.
25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign.
26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah; she was a granddaughter of Omri king of Israel.

Cross References 11

  • 1. [2 Kings 1:17; 2 Kings 3:1]
  • 2. For ver. 17-24, see 2 Chronicles 21:5-10
  • 3. [ver. 26]
  • 4. 2 Samuel 7:12, 13; Psalms 132:11
  • 5. 1 Kings 11:36; 1 Kings 15:4; [2 Samuel 21:17]
  • 6. 2 Kings 3:9; [1 Kings 22:47]
  • 7. See 2 Samuel 18:17
  • 8. [Genesis 27:40]
  • 9. Joshua 10:29, 30
  • 10. [2 Chronicles 21:20]
  • 11. [2 Chronicles 21:17; 2 Chronicles 22:6; 2 Chronicles 25:23]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Septuagint, Syriac lack when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah
  • [b]. Joram is another spelling of Jehoram (the son of Jehoshaphat) as in verse 16; also verses 23, 24
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