21When Jehoshaphat died, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. Then his son Jehoram became the next king.H3092H7901H1H6912H1H5892H1732H3088H1121H4427 2Jehoram's brothers—the other sons of Jehoshaphat—were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Judah.H251H1121H3092H5838H3171H2148H5838H4317H8203H1121H3092H4428H3478 3Their father had given each of them valuable gifts of silver, gold, and costly items, and also some of Judah's fortified towns. However, he designated Jehoram as the next king because he was the oldest.H1H5414H7227H4979H3701H2091H4030H4694H5892H3063H4467H5414H3088H1060 4But when Jehoram had become solidly established as king, he killed all his brothers and some of the other leaders of Judah.H3088H6965H4467H1H2388H2026H251H2719H8269H3478 5Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years.H3088H7970H8147H8141H1121H4427H4427H8083H8141H3389 6But Jehoram followed the example of the kings of Israel and was as wicked as King Ahab, for he had married one of Ahab's daughters. So Jehoram did what was evil in the LORD's sight.H3212H1870H4428H3478H6213H1004H256H1323H256H802H6213H7451H5869H3068 7But the LORD did not want to destroy David's dynasty, for he had made a covenant with David and promised that his descendants would continue to rule, shining like a lamp forever.H3068H14H7843H1004H1732H1285H3772H1732H559H5414H5216H1121H3117 8During Jehoram's reign, the Edomites revolted against Judah and crowned their own king.H3117H123H6586H3027H3063H4427H4428 9So Jehoram went out with his full army and all his chariots. The Edomites surrounded him and his chariot commanders, but he went out at night and attacked them under cover of darkness.H3088H5674H8269H7393H6965H3915H5221H123H5437H8269H7393 10Even so, Edom has been independent from Judah to this day. The town of Libnah also revolted about that same time. All this happened because Jehoram had abandoned the LORD, the God of his ancestors.H123H6586H3027H3063H3117H6256H3841H6586H3027H5800H3068H430H1 11He had built pagan shrines in the hill country of Judah and had led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to give themselves to pagan gods and to go astray.H6213H1116H2022H3063H3427H3389H2181H5080H3063 12Then Elijah the prophet wrote Jehoram this letter: "This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: You have not followed the good example of your father, Jehoshaphat, or your grandfather King Asa of Judah.H935H4385H452H5030H559H559H3068H430H1732H1H1980H1870H3092H1H1870H609H4428H3063 13Instead, you have been as evil as the kings of Israel. You have led the people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship idols, just as King Ahab did in Israel. And you have even killed your own brothers, men who were better than you.H3212H1870H4428H3478H3063H3427H3389H2181H2181H1004H256H2026H251H1H1004H2896 14So now the LORD is about to strike you, your people, your children, your wives, and all that is yours with a heavy blow.H1419H4046H3068H5062H5971H1121H802H7399 15You yourself will suffer with a severe intestinal disease that will get worse each day until your bowels come out."H7227H2483H4245H4578H4578H3318H2483H3117H3117 16Then the LORD stirred up the Philistines and the Arabs, who lived near the Ethiopians, to attack Jehoram.H3068H5782H3088H7307H6430H6163H5921H3027H3569 17They marched against Judah, broke down its defenses, and carried away everything of value in the royal palace, including the king's sons and his wives. Only his youngest son, Ahaziah, was spared.H5927H3063H1234H7617H7399H4672H4428H1004H1121H802H1121H7604H3059H6996H1121 18After all this, the LORD struck Jehoram with the severe intestinal disease.H310H3068H5062H4578H369H4832H2483 19The disease grew worse and worse, and at the end of two years it caused his bowels to come out, and he died in agony. His people did not build a great funeral fire to honor him as they had done for his ancestors.H3117H3318H6256H7093H8147H3117H4578H3318H5973H2483H4191H7451H8463H5971H6213H8316H8316H1 20Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years. No one was sorry when he died. They buried him in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.H7970H8147H1121H4427H4427H3389H8083H8141H3212H2532H6912H5892H1732H6913H4428
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