2 Chronicles 21
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 of Israel.||
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 the firstborn.||
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 Israel.||
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 the LORD.||
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 ever.||
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 fathers.||
Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and caused the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.||
(21:11) "He ... caused the
inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication."|
Jeroham "caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication."
"There came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet."
Jehoram began to reign after Elijah went
to heaven (2 Kg.2:11, 8:16),
so how could King Jehoram receive a letter from him?
(21:14-15) Elijah tells Jehoram that God will smite his children, wives, and the
people of Judah with a great plague (for things that Jehoram did) and God will smite him with a disease of his bowels until his
bowels fall out.
(21:14) "Behold, with a great
plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives."
(21:15) "And thou shalt have
great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out."
(21:16-17) "The LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines,
and of the Arabians ... And they came up into Judah, and ... and carried away ... his sons also, and his wives;
so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons."
(21:18-19) "The LORD smote him in his
bowels with an incurable disease. And ... after the end of two years, his bowels
God's 122nd Killing
(21:20) "Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign,
and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years."
Jehoram was 32 years old when he
began to reign and he reigned for eight years and then died.
After his death, his youngest son Ahaziah began to reign at the age of 42 (2
Chr.22:1-2). So the son (Ahaziah) was two years older than his
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 thyself:
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:
|21:17 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.
|21:18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable
|21:19 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.