Old Testament

2 Chronicles 21
Jehoram (Joram) King of Judah
211Jehoshaphat rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. His son Jehoram ruled in his place.
2Jehoram had brothers, who were the sons of Jehoshaphat. They were Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael, and Shephatiah. All these were sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 3Their father gave them many gifts: silver, gold, and valuable possessions, as well as fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingship to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.
4Jehoram ascended to the throne of his father and strengthened his position. Then he killed all his brothers with the sword and also killed some of the officials of Israel.
5Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he ruled as king in Jerusalem for eight years.
6He walked in the way of the kings of Israel as the house of Ahab had done, because the daughter of Ahab was his wife. So he did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
7But the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant he had made with David, when he promised him and his sons that he would keep a light shining for all time.[]
8In Jehoram's days Edom revolted from Judah's control and set up a king for themselves. 9So Jehoram crossed over to Edom with his commanders and with all the chariots. He got up at night and attacked the Edomites who had surrounded him and his chariot officers. 10Edom has successfully revolted from the control of Judah to this day. Libnah also revolted from his control at that time because he had forsaken the Lord, the God of his fathers.
11Jehoram also made high places in the hill country of Judah and caused those living in Jerusalem to prostitute themselves. He caused Judah to go astray.
12A letter came to him from Elijah the prophet which said:
This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says. Because you have not walked in the ways of your father Jehoshaphat and in the ways of Asa king of Judah, 13but you have walked in the way of the kings of Israel and have caused Judah and the residents of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, as the house of Ahab led Israel to prostitute themselves, and because you have even killed your own brothers from your father's household, who were better than you, 14the Lord is going to strike a severe blow against your people, your children, your wives, and all your possessions. 15You yourself will have great pain from a disease of your intestines, until your intestines fall out, because the disease is going to last so long.
16The Lord stirred up against Jehoram the hostility[] of the Philistines and the Arabs who were next to the Cushites. 17They came up against Judah, successfully invaded it, and carried away all the possessions found at the king's palace, as well as his sons and his wives. None of his sons were left except Jehoahaz,[] the youngest.
18After all this the Lord struck Jehoram with an incurable disease in his intestines. 19He suffered day after day, until the end of the second year, when his intestines fell out because of the disease. He died in great pain. His people did not make a bonfire for him like the fires for his fathers.
20He was thirty-two years old he when he became king, and he reigned as king in Jerusalem for eight years. He departed without anyone regretting it. He was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.


  • 21:7 Literally all the days
  • 21:16 Literally the spirit
  • 21:17 Also called Ahaziah. See 22:1.