No one wants to hear the words, “I wish you were dead”, but these words likely reflect Judah’s thoughts towards Jehoram during much of his reign. We know that no one was sad to see Jehoram die, and he was not honored like the kings of Judah’s past (2 Chronicles 21:19-20). In fact, it seems when Jehoram passed, people were happy. This shows that in addition to Jehoram’s idolatry, injustice characterized his rule. Idolatry and injustice always go together, and in Jehoram’s case, his evil practices made him not only an enemy of God but also despised by those he ruled. Given how much those in authority can cause either grief or gladness for those they lead, let us remember to pray for our leaders in the days ahead.