21 And Jehoshaphat went to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in David’s City; and his son Jehoram succeeded him. 2 ** And he had six brothers, Jehoshaphat’s sons, ʽAzariah and Jehiel and Zecariah and ʽAzariah and Micael and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of King Jehoshaphat of Israel, 3 and their father gave them great gifts in silver and gold and rich objects, with guard-cities in Judah; but the kingship he gave to Jehoram because he was the eldest. 4 And Jehoram came into power over his father’s kingdom and consolidated his power, and killed all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the captains of Israel. 5 Jehoram was thirty-two years old at his accession to the throne, and reigned eight years at Jerusalem. 6 And he followed the path of the kings of Israel, as the family of Ahab did, because he had Ahab’s daughter for his wife; and he did what displeased Jehovah. 7 And Jehovah was not willing to make away with David’s family on account of the pledge he had given to David, and as he had told him he would give him and his sons a lamp through all time. 8 In his time Edom rebelled against the jurisdiction of Judah, and set up a king over themselves; 9 and Jehoram went over with his captains, and all the chariots with him. And he rose in the night and defeated the Edomites who had surrounded him, and the captains of the chariots; 10 but Edom is in rebellion against the jurisdiction of Judah to this day. Libnah rebelled then, at that time, against his jurisdiction, because he had left his fathers’ God Jehovah. 11 * Also, he made heights among the mountains of Judah, and set the inhabitants of Jerusalem to prostitution and Judah to straying. 12 And there came to him a letter from the prophet Elijah in the words “Says Jehovah, your father David’s God, Whereas you have not followed the paths of your father Jehoshaphat and of King Asa of Judah 13 but have followed the path of the kings of Israel and have set Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to prostitution as the house of Ahab did the like, and have also killed your brothers, your father’s better sons, 14 here is Jehovah bringing a great catastrophe on your people and your sons and your wives and all that belongs to you, 15 * and you yourself shall fall into severe sickness by a disease of your bowels till your bowels come out by your sickness, month after month.” 16 * And Jehovah roused against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and of the Arabs next the Nubians, 17 and they came up into Judah and ripped it open and carried off all the chattels that were to be found belonging to the king’s household, and also his sons and his wives; and he had not a son remaining but Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons. 18 And after all this Jehovah struck him with an incurable disease in his bowels, and it lasted a long time; 19 ** and at the time when the end ran out, for two days his bowels were coming out along with his disease, and he died in grievous malady. And his people did not make a burning for him like the burning for his fathers. 20 He was thirty-two at his accession to the throne, and reigned eight years at Jerusalem, and went a way that gave no satisfaction; and they buried him in David’s City, but not in the tombs of the kings.
^ 21:2 Var. had brothers
^ 21:2 Var. leaves out ʽAzariah in both places; conj. Uzziah in one of the places
^ 21:11 Var. heights in the cities of
^ 21:15 Lit. days upon days
^ 21:16 Or next the Cushites
^ 21:19 Lit. it was for days out of days
^ 21:19 Conj. when the summer ran out