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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.28 8:17 He was thirty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for eight years in Jerusalem.29 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.30 He did evil in the sight of31 the Lord. 8:19 But the Lord was unwilling to destroy Judah. He preserved Judah for the sake of32 his servant David to whom he had promised a perpetual dynasty.33

8:20 During his reign Edom freed themselves from Judah’s control and set up their own king.34 8:21 Joram35 crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers.36 The Israelite army retreated to their homeland.37 8:22 So Edom has remained free from Judah’s control to this very day.38 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.39 8:24 Joram passed away40 and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Ahaziah replaced him as king.


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