With no son to succeed Ahaziah, his brother Joram ascended to the throne to become the ninth king of divided Israel. Although an improvement on his parents Ahab and Jezebel, Joram ultimately failed to do right. He modified some of the worship of Baal, and at times had a respectful relationship with the prophet Elisha, but Joram lived in treacherous times. The nation of Aram was attacking from the east and God had set in motion an internal plot led by Jehu against Ahab's heirs. Finally Joram fell victim to Jehu's arrow ending the evil dynasty founded by Omri.
Jehu took over the throne.