2 Chronicles 21

Jehoram Succeeds Jehoshaphat in Judah

1 a  Then Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his son became king in his place. 2He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah
Or Azariah
Azaryahu, Michael and Shephatiah. All these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king c  of Israel.
3Their father gave them many gifts of silver, gold and precious things d  with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.

4Now when Jehoram had
Lit risen up
taken over the kingdom of his father and made himself
Lit strong
secure, he g  killed all his brothers with the sword, and some of the rulers of Israel also.
5 h  Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 6 i  He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab did ( j  for Ahab’s daughter was his wife), and he did evil in the sight of the  Lord. 7Yet the  Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David because of the covenant which He had made with David, k  and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.

Revolt against Judah

8In his days l  Edom revolted
Lit from under the hand of
against the rule of Judah and set up a king over themselves.
9Then 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. 10So Edom revolted
Lit from under the hand of
against Judah to this day. Then Libnah revolted at the same time
Lit from under his hand
against his rule, because he had forsaken the  Lord God of his fathers.
11Moreover p  he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem q  to play the harlot and led Judah astray.

12Then a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet saying, “Thus says the  Lord God of your father David, ‘Because r  you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father s  and the ways of Asa king of Judah, 13but t  have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot u  as the house of Ahab played the harlot, and you v  have also killed your brothers,
Lit your father’s house
your own family, who were better than you,
14behold, the  Lord is going to strike your people, your sons, your wives and all your possessions with a great
Lit blow
15and y  you will suffer
Lit in many sicknesses
severe sickness, a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the sickness, day by day.’”

16Then aa  the  Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and ab  the Arabs who
Lit were at the hand of
bordered the Ethiopians;
17and they came against Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions found in the king’s house together with his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except
In 2 Chr 22:1, Ahaziah
ae  Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

18So after all this the  Lord smote him af  in his bowels with an incurable sickness. 19Now it came about in the course of time, at the end of two years, that his bowels came out because of his sickness and he died in great pain. And his people made no fire for him like ag  the fire for his fathers. 20He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years; and he departed
Lit without desire
ai  with no one’s regret, and they buried him in the city of David aj  but not in the tombs of the kings.
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