1 Now it came° about after° this° that the sons° of Moab° and the sons° of Ammon°, together° with some° of the IaMeunites°, came° to make war° against° Jehoshaphat°. 2 Then some came° and reported° to Jehoshaphat°, saying°, “A great° multitude° is coming° against° you from beyond° the sea°, out of IAram° and behold°, they are in aHazazon-tamar° (that is Engedi°).” 3 Jehoshaphat° was afraid° and Iaturned° his attention° to seek° the LORD°, and bproclaimed° a fast° throughout° all° Judah°. 4 So Judah° gathered° together to aseek° help from the LORD°; they even° came° from all° the cities° of Judah° to seek° the LORD°.
 ISo with Gr; Heb Ammonites a1Ch 4:41; 2Ch 26:7
 IAnother reading is Edom aGn 14:7
 ILit set his face a2Ch 19:3 b1S 7:6; Ezr 8:21
 aJol 1:14
5 ¶ Then Jehoshaphat° stood° in the assembly° of Judah° and Jerusalem°, in the house° of the LORD° before° the new° court°, 6 and he said°, “O LORD°, the God° of our fathers°, aare You not God° in the heavens°? And bare You not ruler° over° all° the kingdoms° of the nations°? Power° and might° are in Your hand° so that no° one° can stand° against° You. 7 Did You not, O our God°, drive° out the inhabitants° of this° land° before°° Your people° Israel° and agive° it to the descendants° of bAbraham° Your friend° forever°? 8 They have lived° in it, and have built° You a sanctuary° there for Your name°, saying°, 9 ‘aShould° evil° come° upon us, the sword°, [or] judgment°, or pestilence°, or famine°, we will stand° before° this° house° and before° You (for bYour name° is in this° house°) and cry° to You in our distress°, and You will hear° and deliver° [us].’ 10 Now° behold°, athe sons° of Ammon° and Moab° and IMount° Seir°, bwhom° You did not let° Israel° invade° when they came° out of the land° of Egypt° (they turned° aside° from them and did not destroy° them), 11 see° [how] they are rewarding° us by acoming° to drive° us out from Your possession° which° You have given° us as an inheritance°. 12 O our God°, awill You not judge° them? For we are powerless°° before° this° great° multitude° who are coming° against° us; nor° do we know° what° to do°, but bour eyes° are on You.”
 aDt 4:39 b1Ch 29:11
 aIs 41:8 bJm 2:23
 a2Ch 6:28-30 b2Ch 6:20
 II.e. Edom a2Ch 20:1, 22 bNu 20:17-21
 aPs 83:12
 aJg 11:27 bPs 25:15; 121:1, 2
Jahaziel Answers the Prayer
14 Then in the midst° of the assembly° athe Spirit° of the LORD° came° upon Jahaziel° the son° of Zechariah°, the son° of Benaiah°, the son° of Jeiel°, the son° of Mattaniah°, the Levite° of the sons° of Asaph°; 15 and he said°, “Listen°, all° Judah° and the inhabitants° of Jerusalem° and King° Jehoshaphat°: thus° says° the LORD° to you, ‘aDo not fear° or be dismayed° because°° of this° great° multitude°, for bthe battle° is not yours but God’s°. 16 Tomorrow° go° down° against° them. Behold°, they will come° up by the ascent° of Ziz°, and you will find° them at the end° of the valley° in front° of the wilderness° of Jeruel°. 17 You [need] not fight° in this° [battle]; station° yourselves, astand° and see° the salvation° of the LORD° on your behalf°, O Judah° and Jerusalem°.’ Do not fear° or be dismayed°; tomorrow° go° out to face° them, bfor the LORD° is with you.”
18 ¶ Jehoshaphat° abowed° his head with [his] face° to the ground°, and all° Judah° and the inhabitants° of Jerusalem° fell° down° before° the LORD°, worshiping° the LORD°. 19 The Levites°, from the sons° of the Kohathites° and of the sons° of the Korahites°, stood° up to praise° the LORD° God° of Israel°, with a very° loud° voice°.
Enemies Destroy Themselves
20 ¶ They rose° early° in the morning° and went° out to the wilderness° of Tekoa°; and when they went° out, Jehoshaphat° stood° and said°, “Listen° to me, O Judah° and inhabitants° of Jerusalem°, aput° your trust° in the LORD° your God° and you will be established°. Put° your trust° in His prophets° and succeed°.” 21 When he had consulted° with the people°, he appointed° those who sang° to the LORD° and those who apraised° [Him] in holy° attire°, as they went° out before° the army° and said°, “bGive° thanks° to the LORD°, for His lovingkindness° is everlasting°.” 22 When° they began° singing° and praising°, the LORD° aset° ambushes° against° the sons° of bAmmon°, Moab° and Mount° Seir°, who had come° against Judah°; so they were Irouted°. 23 For the sons° of Ammon° and Moab° rose° up against° the inhabitants° of Mount° Seir° destroying° [them] completely°; and when they had finished° with the inhabitants° of Seir°, athey helped° to destroy° one° another°.
 aIs 7:9
 a1Ch 16:29; Ps 29:2 b1Ch 16:34
 ILit struck down a2Ch 13:13 b2Ch 20:10
 aJg 7:22; 1S 14:20
24 ¶ When Judah° came° to the lookout° of the wilderness°, they looked° toward° the multitude°, and behold°, they [were] corpses° lying° on the ground°, and no° one° had escaped°. 25 When Jehoshaphat° and his people° came° to take° their spoil°, they found° much° among them, [including] goods°, Igarments° and valuable° things° which they took° for themselves, more than° they could carry°. And they were three° days° taking° the spoil° because° there was so much°.
Triumphant Return to Jerusalem
26 Then on the fourth° day° they assembled° in the valley° of Beracah°, for there° they blessed° the LORD°. Therefore°° they have named°° that place° “The Valley° of IBeracah°” until° today°. 27 Every° man° of Judah° and Jerusalem° returned° with Jehoshaphat° at their head°, returning° to Jerusalem° with joy°, afor the LORD° had made them to rejoice° over° their enemies°. 28 They came° to Jerusalem° with harps°, lyres° and trumpets° to the house° of the LORD°. 29 And athe dread° of God° was on all° the kingdoms° of the lands° when they heard° that the LORD° had fought° against° the enemies° of Israel°. 30 So the kingdom° of Jehoshaphat° was at peace°, afor his God° gave° him rest° on all° sides°.
31 ¶ aNow Jehoshaphat° reigned° over° Judah°. He [was] thirty-five°° years° old° when he became° king°, and he reigned° in Jerusalem° twenty-five°° years°. And his mother’s° name° [was] Azubah° the daughter° of Shilhi°. 32 He walked° in the way° of his father° Asa° and did not depart° from it, doing° right° in the sight° of the LORD°. 33 aThe high° places°, however°, were not removed°; bthe people° had not yet° directed° their hearts° to the God° of their fathers°.
34 ¶ Now the rest° of the acts° of Jehoshaphat°, first° Ito last°, behold°, they are written° in the annals° of aJehu° the son° of Hanani°, which° is IIrecorded° in the Book° of the Kings° of Israel°.
Alliance Displeases God
35 ¶ aAfter° this° Jehoshaphat° king° of Judah° allied° himself with Ahaziah° king° of Israel°. He acted° wickedly° Iin so doing°. 36 So he allied° himself with him to make° ships° to go° ato Tarshish°, and they made° the ships° in Ezion-geber°. 37 Then Eliezer° the son° of Dodavahu° of Mareshah° prophesied° against° Jehoshaphat° saying°, “Because you have allied° yourself with Ahaziah°, the LORD° has destroyed° your works°.” So the ships° were broken° and could° not go° to Tarshish°.
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Jehoshaphat in his fear proclaimeth a fast.
1 ¶ It came to pass² after² this¹² also, [that] the childrenº of Moab,º and the childrenº of Ammon,º and with² them [other] beside² the Ammonites,º cameºª against² Jehoshaphatº to battle.º 2 Then there cameºª some that toldºª Jehoshaphat,º saying,ºª There comethºª a greatº multitudeº against² thee from beyondº² the seaº on this side Syria;º² and, behold,² they [be] in Hazazontamar,º which² [is] Engedi.º 3 And Jehoshaphatº feared,ºª and setºª² himselfº to seekºª the LORD,º and proclaimedºª a fastº throughoutº all² Judah.º 4 And Judahº gathered themselves together,ºª to askºª [help] of² the LORD:º even² out of all²² the citiesº of Judahº they cameºª to seekºª² the LORD.º
 2Ch 19:2, 5, 11; 32:1; Ps 83:5; Is 7:1; 8:9; 16:6; Jr 10:24; Rv 3:19.
 Gn 14:3, 7; Nu 34:12; Jsh 3:16; 15:62; 1S 23:29; So 1:14.
 Gn 32:7, 24; Jg 20:26; 1S 7:6; 2Ch 11:16; 19:3; Ezr 8:21; Es 4:16; Ps 56:3; Is 37:3; Jr 36:9; Dn 9:3; Jol 1:14; 2:12; Jna 1:16; 3:5; Mt 10:28.
 2Ch 19:5; Ps 34:5; 50:15; 60:10; 69:35.
5 ¶ And Jehoshaphatº stoodºª in the congregationº of Judahº and Jerusalem,º in the houseº of the LORD,º beforeº the newº court,º 6 And said,ºª O LORDº Godº of our fathers,º [art] not² thou² Godº in heaven?º and rulestºª [not] thou² over all² the kingdomsº of the heathen?º and in thine handº [is there not] powerº and might,º so that none² is able to withstandºª² thee? 7 [Art] not² thou² our God,º [who] didst drive outºª² the inhabitantsºª of this² landº beforeº² thy peopleº Israel,º and gavestºª it to the seedº of Abrahamº thy friendºª for ever?º 8 And they dweltºª therein, and have builtºª thee a sanctuaryº therein for thy name,º saying,ºª 9 If,² [when] evilº comethºª upon² us, [as] the sword,º judgment,º or pestilence,º or famine,º we standºª beforeº this² house,º and in thy presence,º (for² thy nameº [is] in this² house,)º and cryºª unto² thee in our affliction,º² then thou wilt hearºª and help.ºª 10 And now,² behold,² the childrenº of Ammonº and Moabº and mountº Seir,º whom² thou wouldest not² letºª Israelº invade,ºª when they came² out¹ª of the landº² of Egypt,º but² they turnedºª from²² them, and destroyedºª them not;² 11 Behold,² [I say, how] they² rewardºª² us, to comeºª to cast us outºª of thy possession,º² which² thou hast given us to inherit.ºª 12 O our God,º wilt thou not² judgeºª them? for² we have no² mightº againstº this² greatº companyº that comethºª against² us; neither² knowºª weº what² to do:ºª but² our eyesº [are] upon² thee. 13 And all² Judahº stoodºª beforeº the LORD,º withº their little ones,º their wives,º and their children.º
 2K 19:15; 2Ch 6:12; 34:31.
 Ex 3:6, 15; Dt 4:39; Jsh 2:11; 1K 8:23; 1Ch 29:11, 18; Ps 47:2, 8; 62:11; 115:3; Is 57:15; 66:1; Jr 27:5; Dn 4:17, 25, 32; Mt 6:9, 13; Ac 11:17.
 Gn 12:7; 13:15; 17:7; Ex 6:7; 19:5; 20:2; 33:2; Jsh 24:3, 13; 1Ch 17:21; 2Ch 14:11; Ne 9:8; Ps 44:2; Is 41:8; Jn 11:11; 15:15; Jm 2:23.
 2Ch 2:4; 6:10.
 Ex 20:24; 23:21; 1K 8:33, 37; 2Ch 6:20, 28; Mt 18:20.
 Nu 20:17; Dt 2:4, 9, 19; Jg 11:15.
 Gn 44:4; Jg 11:23; Ps 7:4; 35:12; 83:3; Pv 17:13; Jr 18:20.
 Dt 32:36; Jg 11:27; 1S 3:13; 14:6; 2S 14:11; 2K 6:15; Ps 7:6, 8; 9:19; 25:15; 43:1; 121:1; 123:1; 141:8; Is 2:4; 42:4; Jol 3:12; Jna 2:4; 2Co 1:8; Rv 19:11.
 Dt 29:10; Ezr 10:1; Jna 3:5; Ac 21:5.
The prophecy of Jahaziel.
14 ¶ Then upon² Jahazielº the sonº of Zechariah,º the sonº of Benaiah,º the sonº of Jeiel,º the sonº of Mattaniah,º a Leviteº of² the sonsº of Asaph,º came² the Spiritº of the LORDº in the midstº of the congregation;º 15 And he said,ºª Hearkenºª ye, all² Judah,º and ye inhabitantsºª of Jerusalem,º and thou kingº Jehoshaphat,º Thus² saithºª the LORDº unto you, Be not afraidºª²² nor² dismayedºª by reason¹ of²² this² greatº multitude;º for² the battleº [is] not² yours, but² God's.º 16 To morrowº go ye downºª against² them: behold,² they come upºª by the cliffº of Ziz;º and ye shall findºª them at the endº of the brook,º beforeº the wildernessº of Jeruel.º 17 Ye shall not² [need] to fightºª in thisº [battle]: set¹ª yourselves,² standºª ye [still], and seeºª² the salvationº of the LORDº with² you, O Judahº and Jerusalem:º fearºª not,² nor² be dismayed;ºª to morrowº go outºª againstº them: for the LORDº [will be] with² you. 18 And Jehoshaphatº bowed¹ª his head² with [his] faceº to the ground:º and all² Judahº and the inhabitantsºª of Jerusalemº fellºª beforeº the LORD,º worshippingºª the LORD.º 19 And the Levites,º of the childrenº of² the Kohathites,º and of² the childrenº of the Korhites,º stood upºª to praiseºª the LORDº Godº of Israelº with a loudº voiceº on high.º
 Nu 11:25; 24:2; 2Ch 15:1; 24:20; Is 58:9; 65:24; Dn 9:20; Ac 10:4, 31.
 Ex 14:13; Dt 1:29; 20:1, 4; 31:6, 8; Jsh 11:6; 1S 17:47; 2Ch 32:7, 8; Ne 4:14; Ps 17:1; Is 41:10; 43:1.
 2Ch 20:20.
 Ex 14:13, 25; Nu 14:9; 2Ch 15:2; 20:22; 32:8; Ps 46:7, 10, 11; Is 8:9; 30:7, 15; 41:10; Lm 3:26; Am 5:14; Mt 1:23; 28:20; Ro 8:31; 2Ti 4:22.
 Gn 24:26; Ex 4:31; 2Ch 7:3; Jb 1:20; Ps 95:6.
 1Ch 15:16; 16:5, 42; 23:5; 25:1; 2Ch 5:13; Ezr 3:12; Ne 12:42; Ps 44:1; 49:1; 81:1; 95:1.
Jehoshaphat exhorteth the people, and setteth singers to praise the LORD.
20 ¶ And they rose earlyºª in the morning,º and went forthºª into the wildernessº of Tekoa:º and as they went forth,ºª Jehoshaphatº stoodºª and said,ºª Hearºª me, O Judah,º and ye inhabitantsºª of Jerusalem;º Believeºª in the LORDº your God,º so shall ye be established;ºª believeºª his prophets,º so shall ye prosper.ºª 21 And when he had consultedºª with² the people,º he appointedºª singersºª unto the LORD,º and that should praiseºª the beautyº of holiness,º as they went outºª beforeº the army,ºª and to say,ºª Praiseºª the LORD;º for² his mercyº [endureth] for ever.º
 Ex 14:31; 2S 14:2; 1Ch 4:5; 2Ch 11:6; 20:15; Is 7:9; 26:3; Jr 6:1; Lk 16:31; Jn 5:46; 11:40; 13:20; 14:1; Ro 8:31; He 11:6.
 1Ch 13:1; 16:29, 34, 41; 2Ch 5:13; 7:3, 6; 29:25; 30:21; Ezr 3:10, 11; Ne 12:27; Ps 29:2; 50:2; 90:17; 96:9; 106:1; 107:1; 136:1; Pv 11:14; Jr 33:11.
The great overthrow of the enemies.
22 ¶ And whenº they beganºª to singº and to praise,º the LORDº setºª ambushmentsºª against² the childrenº of Ammon,º Moab,º and mountº Seir,º which were comeºª against Judah;º and they were smitten.ºª 23 For the childrenº of Ammonº and Moabº stood upºª against² the inhabitantsºª of mountº Seir,º utterly to slayºª and destroyºª [them]: and when they had made an endºª of the inhabitantsºª of Seir,º every oneº helpedºª to destroyº another.º 24 And when Judahº cameºª toward² the watch towerºª¹ in the wilderness,º they lookedºª unto² the multitude,º and, behold,² they [were] dead bodiesº fallenºª to the earth,º and none² escaped.º 25 And when Jehoshaphatº and his peopleº cameºª to take awayºª² the spoilº of them, they foundºª among them in abundanceº both richesº with the dead bodies,º and precious¹² jewels,º which they stripped offºª for themselves, more thanº they could carry away:º and they were² threeº daysº in gatheringºª² of the spoil,º it² was so much.º
 Jg 7:22; 1S 14:16, 20; 2K 6:17; Ps 35:5; Is 19:2; Ezk 38:21.
 Gn 14:6; 36:8; Dt 2:5; Jsh 24:4; Ezk 35:2.
 Ex 14:30; 1Ch 5:22; Ezr 9:14; Ps 110:6; Is 37:36; Jr 33:5.
 Ex 3:22; 12:35; Nu 31:15; Jg 8:24; 1S 30:19; 2K 7:9; Ps 68:12; Pv 3:15; Ezk 39:8; Ro 8:37.
The people, having blessed God at Berachah, return in triumph.
26 ¶ And on the fourthº dayº they assembled¹ª themselves² in the valleyº of Berachah;º for² there² they blessedºª² the LORD:º therefore²²² the nameº of the same² placeº was called,ºª The valleyº of Berachah,º unto² this day.º 27 Then they returned,ºª every² manº of Judahº and Jerusalem,º and Jehoshaphatº in the forefrontº of them, to go againºª to² Jerusalemº with joy;º for² the LORDº had made them to rejoiceºª over their enemies.ºª² 28 And they cameºª to Jerusalemº with psalteriesº and harpsº and trumpetsº unto² the houseº of the LORD.º 29 And the fearº of Godº was² on² all² the kingdomsº of [those] countries,º when they had heardºª that² the LORDº foughtºª against² the enemiesºª of Israel.º 30 So the realmº of Jehoshaphatº was quiet:ºª for his Godº gave him restºª round about.º²
 Gn 28:19; 32:20; Ex 15:1; 17:15; 1S 7:12; 2S 22:1; 2Ch 5:9; Ps 103:1; 107:21; Is 62:4; Lk 1:68; Ac 1:19; Rv 19:1.
 1S 2:1; 2S 6:14; Ne 12:43; Ps 20:5; 30:1; Is 35:10; 51:11; Mi 2:13; He 6:20; Rv 18:20.
 2S 6:5; 1Ch 13:8; 23:5; 25:6; Ps 57:8; 92:3; 149:3; 150:3; Rv 14:2.
 Gn 35:5; Ex 15:14; 23:27; Jsh 2:9; 5:1; 9:9; 2K 7:6; 2Ch 17:10.
 Jsh 23:1; 2S 7:1; 2Ch 14:6; 15:15; Jb 34:29; Pv 16:7; Jn 14:27.
31 ¶ And Jehoshaphatº reignedºª over² Judah:º [he was] thirtyº and fiveº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª twentyº and fiveº yearsº in Jerusalem.º And his mother'sº nameº [was] Azubahº the daughterº of Shilhi.º 32 And he walked¹ª² in the wayº of Asaº his father,º and departedºª not² from² it, doingºª [that which was] rightº in the sightº of the LORD.º 33 Howbeit² the high placesº were not² taken away:ºª for as yet² the peopleº had not² preparedºª their heartsº unto the Godº of their fathers.º 34 Now the restº of the actsº of Jehoshaphat,º firstº and last,º behold,² they [are] writtenºª in the bookº of Jehuº the sonº of Hanani,º who² [is] mentionedºª in² the bookº of the kingsº of Israel.º
 1K 22:41.
 1K 15:11; 2Ch 14:2, 11; 16:7; 17:3; Ps 18:21; 36:3.
 Dt 29:4; 1S 7:3; 2Ch 12:14; 14:3; 17:6; 19:3; 30:19.
 1K 16:1, 7; 2Ch 12:15; 13:22; 16:11; 19:2.
His convoy of ships, which he made with Ahaziah, according to the prophecy of Eliezer, unhappily perished.
35 ¶ And afterº this² did Jehoshaphatº kingº of Judahº join¹ª himself² with² Ahaziahº kingº of Israel,º who² did¹ª very wickedly:ºª² 36 And he joinedºª himself with² him to makeºª shipsº to go¹ª² to Tarshish:º and they madeºª the shipsº in Eziongeber.º 37 Then Eliezerº the sonº of Dodavahº of Mareshahº² prophesiedºª against² Jehoshaphat,º saying,ºª Because thou hast joined¹ª thyself² with² Ahaziah,º the LORDº hath brokenºª² thy works.º And the shipsº were broken,ºª that they were not ableºª² to go¹ª² to² Tarshish.º
 1K 22:48; 2K 1:2.
 1K 9:26; 10:22; 22:28, 49.
 Jsh 7:11; 1K 22:48; 2Ch 9:21; 16:9; 19:2; Pv 9:6; 13:20; He 12:6; Rv 3:19.
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