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Jehoram or Joram, son of Ahab and Jezebel was king of the Northern Tribe of Israel.

He succeeded forthwith his brother's death. Jehoram became king in the 18th year of Jehoshaphat and ruled for 12 years.[1] Unlike his predecessors, Jehoram did not worship the god of his fathers, Ba'al. He also removed the pillar of Baal whom his father, king Ahab erected for his and his wife's worship.[2] Regardless of the dispute of worshipping Baal, his still "followed the ways of Jeroboam, son of Nebat".

War with Moab[]

Not long after he became king, the king of Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab for not paying tribute.[3] He quickly organized all men of Israel intended for a war.[4]

He sent a message to Jehoshaphat for an alliance against the nation of Moab.[5] And Jehoshaphat approved to go with Jehoram. Jehoram then set out with the king of Judah, and Edom, and marched for 7 days roundabout. But the army and the animals with them ran out of water which led to the suprise of Jehoram.[6] Then Jehoshaphat asked whether there was a prophet of the Lord that they could inquire.[7] One of the men of Joram informed that Elisha, son of Shaphat was there.[8]

Then Elisha said "What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother." But Jehoram replied "Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab."[9] And Elisha said "As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee."[10] Then Elisha commanded them to bring him a minstrel, and it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.[11] Furthermore, the Lord commanded them to make a valley of ditches.[12] So that they may drink of it.[13]

And he prophesied that the Lord will give Moab into their hands.[14]

And so they conquered Moab.[15]

Hazael's revolt against Damascus[]

When Hazael revolted against Damascus, Elisha had prophesied that Jehoram would make an alliance with his nephew Ahaziah (Different from his brother).[16] They both set forth to Ramoth-Gilead from Aram. They both lost the battle and Jehoram was wounded and set forth to Jezreel to recover.

The death of Jehoram[]

While he was recovering from his wound, one of his generals named Jehu who was appointed by Elisha[17] executed him and his nephew and threw him into the Valley of Naboth. [18]



  1. 2 Kings 3:1 (Link)
  2. 2 Kings 3:2 (Link)
  3. 2 Kings 3:4-5 (Link)
  4. 2 Kings 3:6 (Link)
  5. 2 Kings 3:7 (Link)
  6. 2 Kings 3:9-10 (Link)
  7. 2 Kings 3:11 (Link)
  8. 2 Kings 3:12 (Link)
  9. 2 Kings 3:13 (Link)
  10. 2 Kings 3:14 (Link)
  11. 2 Kings 3:15 (Link)
  12. 2 Kings 3:16 (Link)
  13. 2 Kings 3:17 (Link)
  14. 2 Kings 3:18 (Link)
  15. 2 Kings 3:20-27 (Link)
  16. 2 Kings 8:12 (Link)
  17. 2 Kings 9:1-3 (Link)
  18. 2 Kings 9:24-25 (Link)