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Joram, Jehoram

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1. Son and successor of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah: he reigned eight years, B.C. 892-885. He, as of the seed of David, formed an unholy alliance by marrying Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. He put to death his six brothers, and established Baal worship at Jerusalem. He was punished by the Philistines and Arabians taking possession of his treasures, and carrying his wives and children into captivity. He was warned as to his course by 'a writing' from the prophet Elijah (which was doubtless written some time before, 2 Chronicles 21:12 ), foretelling that God would smite His people with a great plague; the king's disease should be such that his bowels should fall out; and it was thus that he miserably died. 1 Kings 22:50; 2 Kings 1:17; 2 Kings 8:16-29; 2 Kings 11:2; 2 Kings 12:18; 1 Chronicles 3:11; 2 Chronicles 21:1-20; 2 Chronicles 22:1,11; Matthew 1:8 .

2. Son of Ahab and Jezebel. He succeeded his brother Ahaziah, king of Israel, and reigned twelve years, B.C. 896-884. He wrought evil in the sight of the Lord, but put away the image of Baal that his father had made. The king of Moab revolted against him, and he asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah to go with him to punish the Moabites. These two kings, with the king of Edom, assembled their armies, but there was no water to drink. They then appealed to Elisha for help, but he said that except Jehoshaphat had been there he would not have looked upon Joram. A miracle was wrought and there was abundance of water. God also gave them a great victory over the Moabites, which led the king of Moab to offer his eldest son as a burnt offering to his god, and the Israelites departed.

The time however was approaching for God's judgement on the house of Ahab. Joram and Ahaziah king of Judah went against the Syrians in Ramoth-gilead. There Joram was wounded, and he returned to Jezreel to be healed, leaving his army at Ramoth-gilead. In the meantime a prophet, sent by Elisha, visited the camp and anointed Jehu to be king of Israel, with instructions to smite the house of Ahab totally. Jehu being proclaimed king, he hastily drove to Jezreel to fulfil his mission and Joram, as he fled before Jehu, was killed by an arrow. 2 Kings 1:17; 2 Kings 3:1-25; 2 Kings 8:16-29; 2 Kings 9:14-26,29; 2 Chronicles 22:5-7 .

3. Son of Toi king of Hamath. 2 Samuel 8:10 . Apparently the same as HADORAM in 1 Chronicles 18:10 .

4. Son of Jeshaiah, a Levite. 1 Chronicles 26:25 .

5. Priest, who was sent by Jehoshaphat to teach the people. 2 Chronicles 17:8 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Joram, Jehoram '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/j/joram--jehoram.html. 1897.

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