2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 21 ©

1Jehoshaphat's death: Jehoram succeedeth him, and slayeth his brethren. 5His wicked reign, 8Edom and Libnah revolt. 12Elijah's written prophecy against him. 16The Philistines and Arabians carry off his substance, his wives, and all his sons, except Jehoahaz. 18His incurable disease, loathsome death, and burial.

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NOW Jehoshaphat aslept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his *stead.

2

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.

3

And their father bgave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with cfenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to dJehoram; because he was the efirstborn.

b Ge. 25.6. ch. 11.23.
c ch. 11.5.
4

Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he fstrengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and *divers also of the princes of Israel.

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¶Jehoram was thirty and two years old gwhen he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.

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And he walked in hthe way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of iAhab: for he had jthe daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.

j ch. 18.1.
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Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he kpromised to give a 1light to him and to his sons for ever.

8

¶In his days the lEdomites revolted from under the 2dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

9

Then Jehoram went mforth 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 the chariots.

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So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also did nLibnah revolt from under his hand; because ohe had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.

11

Moreover phe made high places in the mountains of Judah, and qcaused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit rfornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

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¶And there came a swriting to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the tways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in uthe ways of Asa king of Judah,

t 1Ki. 15.11; 22.43. ch. 17; 19; 14; 15.
u ch. 14.2-5.
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But hast vwalked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a wwhoring, like to the xwhoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast yslain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than thyself:

w Ex. 34.15. De. 31.16. v.11.
y v.4.
14

Behold, with a 3great plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:

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And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.

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¶Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the zPhilistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the 4Ethiopians:

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And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and 5carried 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 6Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

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¶And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with aan incurable disease.

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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 bburning for him, like cthe burning of his fathers.

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dThirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and edeparted 7without being *desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but fnot in the sepulchres of the kings.

d v.5. 2Ki. 8.17,24.