1Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself against Israel.2He placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim that Asa his father had captured. (
2Ch 11:5 Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and he built cities for defense in Judah.
2Ch 15:8 As soon as Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the Lord that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the Lord.*
2Ch 15:8)3The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals,4but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. (
1Ki 12:28 So the king took counsel and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
1Ki 12:28)5Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand. And all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor. (
2Ch 18:1 Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor, and he made a marriage alliance with Ahab.
2Ch 32:23 And many brought gifts to the Lord to Jerusalem and precious things to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations from that time onward.
2Ch 32:23)6His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. And furthermore, he took the high places and the Asherim out of Judah. (
1Ki 22:43 He walked in all the way of Asa his father. He did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. Yet the high places were not taken away, and the people still sacrificed and made offerings on the high places.
2Ch 20:33 The high places, however, were not taken away; the people had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their fathers.
2Ch 20:33)7In the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah; (
2Ch 35:3 And he said to the Levites who taught all Israel and who were holy to the Lord, “Put the holy ark in the house that Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built. You need not carry it on your shoulders. Now serve the Lord your God and his people Israel.
2Ch 35:3)8and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with these Levites, the priests Elishama and Jehoram. (
2Ch 19:8 Moreover, in Jerusalem Jehoshaphat appointed certain Levites and priests and heads of families of Israel, to give judgment for the Lord and to decide disputed cases. They had their seat at Jerusalem.
2Ch 19:8)9And they taught in Judah, having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people. (
2Ch 17:7 In the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah;
2Ch 17:7)10And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat. (
2Ch 14:14 And they attacked all the cities around Gerar, for the fear of the Lord was upon them. They plundered all the cities, for there was much plunder in them.
2Ch 20:29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.
2Ch 20:29)11Some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver for tribute, and the Arabians also brought him 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats. (
2Sa 8:2 And he defeated Moab and he measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground. Two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.
2Ch 26:8 The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong.
2Ch 26:8)12And Jehoshaphat grew steadily greater. He built in Judah fortresses and store cities,13and he had large supplies in the cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.14This was the muster of them by fathers’ houses: Of Judah, the commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 mighty men of valor;15and next to him Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000;16and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, a volunteer for the service of the Lord, with 200,000 mighty men of valor. (
Jud 5:2 “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the Lord!