Day 159 of 365 – June 8 - Chronological Bible

2 Kings 8:16,17 (2 Chronicles 21:5) (853 B.C.?)

Jehoram Reigns in Judah

In Judah

In the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, when Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began to reign. He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.


2 Chronicles 21:2-4

He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. Their father gave them great gifts of silver, gold, and valuable possessions, together with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn.


When Jehoram had ascended the throne of his father and was established, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the princes of Israel.


2 Kings 3:6-9

Moab Rebels Against Israel

So King Jehoram marched out of Samaria at that time and mustered all Israel. And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to battle against Moab?”


And he said, “I will go. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”


Then he said, “By which way shall we march?”


Jehoram answered, “By the way of the wilderness of Edom.”


So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them.


2 Kings 3:10-20

Then the king of Israel said, “Alas! The Lord has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.”


And Jehoshaphat said, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?”


Then one of the king of Israel’s servants answered, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”


And Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.


And Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother.”


But the king of Israel said to him, “No; it is the Lord who has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.”


And Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I have regard for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would neither look at you nor see you. But now bring me a musician.”


And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘I will make this dry streambed full of pools.’ For thus says the Lord, ‘You shall not see wind or rain, but that streambed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals.’ This is a light thing in the sight of the Lord. He will also give the Moabites into your hand, and you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree and stop up all springs of water and ruin every good piece of land with stones.”


The next morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came from the direction of Edom, till the country was filled with water.


2 Kings 3:21-27

Moabites are Defeated

When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, from the youngest to the oldest, were called out and were drawn up at the border. And when they rose early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood. And they said, “This is blood; the kings have surely fought together and struck one another down. Now then, Moab, to the spoil!”


But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose and struck the Moabites, till they fled before them. And they went forward, striking the Moabites as they went. And they overthrew the cities, and on every good piece of land every man threw a stone until it was covered. They stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees, till only its stones were left in Kir-hareseth, and the slingers surrounded and attacked it.


When the king of Moab saw that the battle was going against him, he took with him 700 swordsmen to break through, opposite the king of Edom, but they could not. Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their own land.


2 Chronicles 20:34; 21:1a (1 Kings 22:45,50a) (848 B.C.?)

Death of Jehoshaphat

Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Jehu the son of Hanani, which are recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel. Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David.


2 Chronicles 21:1b,20a (1 Kings 22:50b) 

Jehoram Reigns in Judah

Jehoram his son reigned in his place. He was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.


2 Chronicles 21:6,7,11 (2 Kings 8:18,19)

And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever. Moreover, he made high places in the hill country of Judah and led the inhabitants of Jerusalem into whoredom and made Judah go astray.


2 Chronicles 21:12-15

And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying,


“Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father, ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel and have enticed Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into whoredom, as the house of Ahab led Israel into whoredom, and also you have killed your brothers, of your father’s house, who were better than yourself, behold, the Lord will bring a great plague on your people, your children, your wives, and all your possessions, and you yourself will have a severe sickness with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the disease, day by day.’”


2 Chronicles 21:16,17

And the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the anger of the Philistines and of the Arabians who are near the Ethiopians. And they came up against Judah and invaded it and carried away all the possessions they found that belonged to the king’s house, and also his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz, his youngest son.


2 Chronicles 21:8-10 (2 Kings 8:20-22)

In his days Edom revolted from the rule of Judah and set up a king of their own. Then Jehoram passed over with his commanders and all his chariots, and he rose by night and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and his chariot commanders. So Edom revolted from the rule of Judah to this day.


At that time Libnah also revolted from his rule, because he had forsaken the Lord, the God of his fathers.



Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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