2 Chronicles 21
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Jehoram Becomes King Over Judah

1Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. His son Jehorama became king in his place. b 2He had brothers, sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. c 3Their father had given them many gifts of silver, gold, and valuable things, along with fortified citiesd in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn. 4When Jehoram had established himself over his father’s kingdom, he strengthened his position by killing with the sword all his brothers as well as some of the princes of Israel.

Judah’s King Jehoram

5Jehorame was 32 years old when he became king and reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 6He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, f for Ahab’s daughter was his wife. g He did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, 7but because of the covenant the LORD had made with David, He was unwilling to destroy the house of David since the LORD had promisedh to give a lampi to David and to his sons forever.

8During Jehoram’s reign, Edom rebelled against Judah’s domination and appointed their own king. 9So Jehoram crossed into Edom with his commanders and all his chariots. Then at night he set out to attack the Edomites who had surrounded him and the chariot commanders. 10And now Edom is still in rebellion against Judah’s domination today. Libnah also rebelled at that time against his domination because he had abandoned Yahweh, the God of his ancestors. 11Jehoram also built high placesj in the hillsk of Judah, and he caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, l and he led Judah astray.

Elijah’s Letter to Jehoram

12Then a letter came to Jehoram from Elijah the prophet, saying:

This is what Yahweh, the God of your ancestor David says: “Because you have not walked in the ways of your father Jehoshaphatm or in the ways of Asa king of Judahn 13but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, o have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves like the house of Ahabp prostituted itself, and also have killed your brothers, q your father’s family, who were better than you, 14Yahweh is now about to strike your people, your sons, your wives, and all your possessions with a horrible affliction. 15You yourself will be struck with many illnesses, including a disease of the intestines, until your intestines come out day after day because of the disease.” r

Jehoram’s Last Days

16The LORD put it into the mind of the Philistines and the Arabss who live near the Cushites to attack Jehoram. t 17So they went to war against Judah and invaded it. They carried off all the possessions found in the king’s palace and also his sons and wives; not a son was left to him except Jehoahaz, u  v his youngest son.

18After all these things, the LORD afflicted him in his intestines with an incurable disease. 19This continued day after day until two full years passed. Then his intestines came out because of his disease, and he died from severew illnesses. But his people did not hold a fire in his honor like the fire in honor of his fathers. x

20Jehoram y was 32 years old when he became king; he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. He died to no one’s regretz  aa and was buried in the city of David but not in the tombs of the kings. ab

a. 21:1 = Joram
b. 21:1 1Kg 22:50
c. 21:2 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg, Arabic; other Hb mss read Israel
d. 21:3 2Ch 11:5
e. 21:5-10 2Kg 8:17-22
f. 21:6 1Kg 12:28-30
g. 21:6 2Ch 18:1
h. 21:7 2Sm 7:12-17; 1Kg 11:13
i. 21:7 1Kg 11:36; 15:4
j. 21:11 1Kg 11:7
k. 21:11 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg read cities
l. 21:11 Lv 20:5
m. 21:12 2Ch 17:3-4
n. 21:12 2Ch 14:2-5
o. 21:13 2Ch 21:6
p. 21:13 1Kg 16:31-33
q. 21:13 2Ch 21:4
r. 21:15 2Ch 21:18-19
s. 21:16 2Ch 17:11; 22:1
t. 21:16 2Ch 33:11
u. 21:17 LXX, Syr, Tg read Ahaziah
v. 21:17 2Ch 25:23
w. 21:19 Lit evil
x. 21:19 2Ch 16:14
y. 21:20 2Kg 8:17,24
z. 21:20 Lit He walked in no desirability
aa. 21:20 Jr 22:18,28
ab. 21:20 2Ch 24:25
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