Bible: 2 Kings 8:16-29

Jehoram’s Reign over Judah

8:16 In the fifth year of the reign of Israel’s King Joram, son of Ahab, Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram became king over Judah. 1  8:17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for eight years in Jerusalem. 2  8:18 He followed in the footsteps of the kings of Israel, just as Ahab’s dynasty had done, for he married Ahab’s daughter. 3  He did evil in the sight of 4  the Lord. 8:19 But the Lord was unwilling to destroy Judah. He preserved Judah for the sake of 5  his servant David to whom he had promised a perpetual dynasty. 6 

8:20 During his reign Edom freed themselves from Judah’s control and set up their own king. 7  8:21 Joram 8  crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers. 9  The Israelite army retreated to their homeland. 10  8:22 So Edom has remained free from Judah’s control to this very day. 11  At that same time Libnah also rebelled.

8:23 The rest of the events of Joram’s reign, including a record of his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 12  8:24 Joram passed away 13  and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Ahaziah replaced him as king.

Ahaziah Takes the Throne of Judah

8:25 In the twelfth year of the reign of Israel’s King Joram, son of Ahab, Jehoram’s son Ahaziah became king over Judah. 8:26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for one year in Jerusalem. 14  His mother was Athaliah, the granddaughter 15  of King Omri of Israel. 8:27 He followed in the footsteps of Ahab’s dynasty and did evil in the sight of 16  the Lord, like Ahab’s dynasty, for he was related to Ahab’s family. 17 

8:28 He joined Ahab’s son Joram in a battle against King Hazael of Syria at Ramoth Gilead in which the Syrians defeated Joram. 8:29 King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 18  in Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. King Ahaziah son of Jehoram of Judah went down to visit 19  Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, for he was ill.

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