Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city
of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah,
and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king
And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious
things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was
Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened
himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of
Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight
years in Jerusalem.
And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for
he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of
Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that
he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for
In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made
themselves a king.
Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: and he
rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of
So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time
also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his
Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the inhabitants
of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.
And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the
LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat
thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab,
and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father’s house, which were better than
Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and
thy wives, and all thy goods:
And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall
out by reason of the sickness day by day.
Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of
the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:
And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance
that was found in the king’s house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that
there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.
And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his
bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people
made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.
Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem
eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of
David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.