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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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2 Chronicles 21:1-20

21  Finally Je·hosh′a·phat lay down with his forefathers+ and was buried with his forefathers+ in the City of David; and Je·ho′ram+ his son began to reign in place of him.  And he had brothers, Je·hosh′a·phat’s sons, Az·a·ri′ah* and Je·hi′el and Zech·a·ri′ah and Az·a·ri′ah* and Mi′cha·el and Sheph·a·ti′ah, all these being the sons of Je·hosh′a·phat the king of Israel.*  Consequently their father gave them many gifts+ in silver and in gold and in choice things along with fortified cities in Judah;+ but the kingdom he gave to Je·ho′ram,+ for he was the firstborn.+  When Je·ho′ram rose up over the kingdom of his father he proceeded to make his position strong, and so he killed all his brothers+ with the sword and also some of the princes of Israel.  Thirty-two years old was Je·ho′ram when he began to reign, and for eight years he reigned+ in Jerusalem.  And he went on walking in the way of the kings of Israel,+ just as those of the house of A′hab had done; for A′hab’s own daughter had become his wife,+ and he continued to do what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes.+  And Jehovah did not want to bring the house of David to ruin,+ for the sake of the covenant+ that he had concluded with David, and just as he had said he would give him+ and his sons a lamp always.+  In his days E′dom+ revolted from under the hand of Judah+ and then made a king to reign over them.+  So Je·ho′ram together with his chiefs passed over and also all the chariots with him. And it came about that he rose up by night and went striking down the E′dom·ites that were surrounding him and also the chiefs of the chariots. 10  But E′dom kept up its revolt from under the hand of Judah down to this day. It was then that Lib′nah+ began to revolt at the same time from under his hand, because he had left Jehovah the God of his forefathers.+ 11  He himself also had made high places+ on the mountains of Judah, that he might cause the inhabitants of Jerusalem to have immoral intercourse,+ and that he might drive Judah away.+ 12  Eventually there came a writing+ to him from E·li′jah*+ the prophet, saying: “This is what Jehovah the God of David your forefather has said, ‘Due to the fact that you have not walked in the ways of Je·hosh′a·phat+ your father or in the ways of A′sa+ the king of Judah, 13  but you walk in the way of the kings of Israel+ and cause Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to have immoral intercourse+ the same way that the house of A′hab caused the having of immoral intercourse,+ and even your own brothers, the household of your father, who were better than you, you have killed;+ 14  look! Jehovah is dealing a great blow+ to your people+ and to your sons+ and to your wives and to all your goods. 15  And you will be with many sicknesses,+ with a malady of your intestines, until your intestines have come out because of the sickness day by day.’”+ 16  Accordingly Jehovah aroused against Je·ho′ram the spirit+ of the Phi·lis′tines+ and the Arabs+ that were by the side* of the E·thi·o′pi·ans.*+ 17  So they came up into Judah and forced it open and took captive all the goods that were to be found in the king’s house and also his sons+ and his wives,+ and there was not left to him a son but Je·ho′a·haz,+ his youngest son. 18  And after all this Jehovah plagued him in his intestines with a sickness for which there was no healing.+ 19  And it came about that in the days to come, even when the term of two full years had expired, his intestines+ came out during his sickness, and he gradually died in his bad maladies; and his people did not make a burning for him like the burning+ for his forefathers. 20  Thirty-two years old he happened to be when he began to reign, and for eight years he reigned in Jerusalem. Finally he went away without being desired.+ So they buried him in the City of David,+ but not in the burial places of the kings.+


“Azariah.” Heb., ʽAzar·yah′.
“And Azariah.” Heb., wa·ʽAzar·ya′hu.
“Israel,” M(Heb., Yis·ra·ʼel′)Vg; LXXSyVgc and about 40 Heb. mss, “Judah.”
“From Elijah.” Heb., me·ʼE·li·ya′hu; the only mention of Elijah in Chronicles. See 1Ki 17:1 ftn, “Elijah.”
Or, “were under the control.”
“Ethiopians,” LXXVg; Heb., Ku·shim′, “Cushites.”