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21 Jehoshaphat ·died [L lay down/T slept with his fathers/ancestors] and was buried with his ·ancestors [fathers] in the City of David [C Jerusalem]. Then his son Jehoram became king in his place. Jehoram’s brothers were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael, and Shephatiah. They were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of ·Judah [L Israel; 12:6]. Jehoshaphat gave his sons many gifts of silver, gold, and ·valuable [precious] things, and he gave them ·strong, walled [fortified] cities in Judah. But Jehoshaphat gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the ·first son [firstborn].

Jehoram King of Judah(A)

When Jehoram took control of his father’s kingdom and ·made himself secure [established himself], he killed all his brothers with the sword and also killed some of the ·leaders [officials] of Judah. He was thirty-two years old when he began to ·rule [reign], and he ·ruled [reigned] eight years in Jerusalem. He ·followed [L walked] in the ways of the kings of Israel, just as the ·family [L house] of Ahab had done, because he married Ahab’s daughter. Jehoram did ·what the Lord said was wrong [L evil in the Lord’s sight/eyes]. But the Lord would not destroy David’s ·family [L house] because of the ·agreement [covenant; treaty] he had made with David. He had promised ·that one of David’s descendants would always rule [L to give a lamp to David and his descendants/sons forever; C here a lamp symbolizes a dynasty].

In Jehoram’s time, Edom ·broke away from [revolted/rebelled against] Judah’s ·rule [reign] and ·chose [set up] their own king. So Jehoram went to Edom with all his ·commanders [officers] and chariots. The Edomites surrounded him and his chariot ·commanders [officers], but Jehoram got up and attacked the Edomites at night [C the implication is that Jehoram is victorious, but the next verse suggests otherwise; see 2 Kin. 8:21]. 10 From then until now the country of Edom has ·fought against [been free from] the ·rule [reign] of Judah. At the same time the people of Libnah also ·broke away from [rebelled/revolted against] Jehoram because Jehoram ·left [abandoned; forsook] the Lord, the God of his ·ancestors [fathers].

11 Jehoram also built ·places to worship gods [L high places; 11:15] on the hills in Judah. He led the people of Jerusalem to ·sin [commit adultery; L play the harlot], and he led the people of Judah ·away from the Lord [astray]. 12 Then Jehoram received this letter from Elijah the prophet:

·This is what the Lord says [T Thus says the Lord], the God of your ·ancestor [father] David, “Jehoram, you have not ·lived as [L walked in the ways of] your father Jehoshaphat and Asa king of Judah. 13 But you have ·lived as the kings of Israel lived [L walked in the way of the kings of Israel], leading the people of Judah and Jerusalem to ·sin against God [commit adultery; L play the harlot], as Ahab and his ·family [L house] did. You have killed your brothers, your own family, and they were better than you. 14 So now the Lord is about to ·punish [severely strike] your people, your children, your wives, and everything you own. 15 You will have a terrible disease in your ·intestines [bowels] that will become worse every day until your intestines ·come out [protrude].”

16 The Lord caused the Philistines and the Arabs who lived near the ·Cushites [Ethiopians] to be ·angry with [L stirred in their spirits against] Jehoram. 17 So the Philistines and Arabs attacked and invaded Judah and carried away all the wealth of Jehoram’s ·palace [L house], as well as his sons and wives. Only Jehoram’s youngest son, Ahaziah, was left.

Jehoram Dies(B)

18 After these things happened, the Lord ·gave Jehoram [struck/afflicted/T smote him with] a disease in his ·intestines [bowels] that could not be cured. 19 After he was sick for two years, Jehoram’s ·intestines [bowels] ·came out [protruded] because of the disease, and he died in ·terrible pain [agony]. The people did not make a funeral fire to honor Jehoram as they had done for his ·ancestors [fathers].

20 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he ·ruled [reigned] eight years in Jerusalem. No one ·was sad [regretted] when he died. He was buried in the City of David [C Jerusalem], but not in the ·graves for [tombs of] the kings.