Old Testament

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Are the reigns of other kings described?

Yes. The reigns of the other Judean kings are described much in the same way they are described in I and II Kings. At least one account is described in painful detail: the story of Jehoram. Jehoram did not do as God commanded. When he became king, he killed all of his brothers. He made altars to other gods, and led the inhabitants of Judah into idolatry. Jehoram met a terrible end when “the LORD struck him in his bowels with an incurable disease. In the course of time, at the end of two years, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great agony.” As if that was not bad enough, no one missed him. The Bible says, “he departed with no one’s regret. They buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.” (NRSV, II Chronicles 21:18, 20) Jehoram was forty years old when he died.


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