King Joram returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds he received from the Syrians 1 in Ramah when he fought against King Hazael of Syria. King Ahaziah son of Jehoram of Judah went down to visit 2 Joram son of Ahab in Jezreel, for he was ill.
So Jehoshabeath, 1 the daughter of King Jehoram, 2 took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked him away 3 from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. So Jehoshabeath the daughter of King Jehoram, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah so she could not execute him.
God brought about Ahaziah’s downfall through his visit to Joram. 1 When Ahaziah 2 arrived, he went out with Joram to meet Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had commissioned 3 to wipe out Ahab’s family. 4
His brothers, Jehoshaphat’s sons, were Azariah, Jechiel, Zechariah, Azariahu, Michael, and Shephatiah. All of these were sons of King Jehoshaphat of Israel. 1
After all this happened, the Lord afflicted him with an incurable intestinal disease. 1
Joram 1 crossed over to Zair with all his chariots. The Edomites, who had surrounded him, attacked at night and defeated him and his chariot officers. 2 The Israelite army retreated to their homeland. 3
King Jehoash of Judah collected all the sacred items that his ancestors Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, kings of Judah, had consecrated, as well as his own sacred items and all the gold that could be found in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and the royal palace. He sent it all 1 to King Hazael of Syria, who then withdrew 2 from Jerusalem.
Joram passed away 1 and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His son Ahaziah replaced him as king.
So Edom has remained free from Judah’s control to this very day. 1 At that same time Libnah also rebelled and freed themselves from Judah’s control 2 because Jehoram 3 rejected the Lord God of his ancestors.
Jehoram 1 received this letter from Elijah the prophet: “This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: ‘You 2 have not followed in the footsteps 3 of your father Jehoshaphat and of 4 King Asa of Judah,
So Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram and sister of Ahaziah, took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked 1 him away from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. 2 So he was hidden from Athaliah and escaped execution. 3
Jehoram ordered, “Hitch up my chariot.” 1 When his chariot had been hitched up, 2 King Jehoram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah went out in their respective chariots 3 to meet Jehu. They met up with him 4 in the plot of land that had once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel.
He was thirty-two years old when he became king and he reigned for eight years in Jerusalem. 1