2 Kings 8:16

16 In the fifth year of King Joram son of Ahab of Israel, Jehoram son of King Jehoshaphat of Judah began to reign.

2 Kings 8:16 Meaning and Commentary

2 Kings 8:16

And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king of Israel,
&c.] Who began his reign in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat, ( 2 Kings 3:1 ) .

Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah;
as he continued to be two years more; for this must be in the twenty third year of his reign, and he reigned twenty five years, ( 1 Kings 22:42 ) .

Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah began to reign;
according to Dr. Lightfoot F8, there were three beginnings of his reign; "first", when his father went with Ahab to Ramothgilead, when be was left viceroy, and afterwards his father reassumed the kingdom; the "second" time was, when Jehoshaphat went with the kings of Israel and Edom against Moab; and this is the time here respected, which was in the fifth of Joram king of Israel; and the "third" time was, at the death of his father; but knew his father was living.


FOOTNOTES:

F8 Works, vol. 1. p. 84.

2 Kings 8:16 In-Context

14 Then he left Elisha, and went to his master Ben-hadad, 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-cover and dipped it in water and spread it over the king's face, until he died. And Hazael succeeded him.
16 In the fifth year of King Joram son of Ahab of Israel, Jehoram son of King Jehoshaphat of Judah began to reign.
17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
18 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. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Gk Syr: Heb adds [Jehoshaphat being king of Judah,]