S E C O N D C H R O N I C L E
Never surely did any kingdom change its king so
much for the worse as Judah did, when Jehoram, one of the vilest,
succeeded Jehoshaphat, one of the best. Thus were they punished for
not making a better use of Jehoshaphat's good government, and their
disaffectedness (or coldness at least) to his reformation,
ch. xx. 33. Those
that knew not now to value a good king are justly plagued with a
bad one. Here is, I. Jehoram's elevation to the throne, ver. 1-3. II. The wicked course he
took to establish himself in it, by the murder of his brethren,
ver. 4. III. The idolatries
and other wickedness he was guilty of, ver. 5, 6, 11. IV. The prophecy of
Elijah against him, ver.
12-15. V. The judgments of God upon him, in the revolt
of his subjects from him (ver.
8-10) and the success of his enemies against him,
ver. 16, 17. VI. His
miserable sickness and inglorious exit, ver. 18-20. VII. The preservation of the
house of David notwithstanding, ver.