2 Chronicles 21-24
Mostly a snooze-fest except for a couple of interesting lines. Verse 11 says that Jehoram “caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication” (KJV); the NIV likewise states that he “caused the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves”; but the NLT changes that to “go astray”. Politically correct, much?
In verse 12 Jehoram receives a letter from the prophet Elijah. However, the SAB points out that Jehoram didn’t begin to reign until after Elijah had died (see 2 Kings 2:11 and 8:16). Perhaps this is a typo or copying error, and it should have read Elisha? Anyway, the letter warns Jehoram that because he has been evil, he will be struck by severe intestinal disease that will get worse day by day until his bowels fall out (v 15). I could not find this detail in the original account of Jehoram’s reign in 2 Kings 8. But whaddya know, the prediction proves true (v 18-19), and Jehorum dies in agony.
Now here’s an interesting contradiction. 1 Chronicles 21:20 says that Jehoram was 32 when he began to reign and he reigned for 8 years and then died. But 1 Chronicles 22:2 says that after Jehoram’s death, his youngest son Ahaziah began to reign at the age of 42. So that makes Ahaziah two years older than his father! Just for fun, I’d like to see this as one of those trick problems on a math test – If Jehoram was 32 when he became king, and he reigned for 8 years… Note that modern translation ‘corrects’ the contradiction by making Ahaziah 22 when he took the throne, instead of 42. Infallible bible?
Chapters 23 and 24
Rehash of Athaliah and Joash……. been there, read that.