1And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.2And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.3And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;4But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.5Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.6And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.7Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.8And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.9And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.10And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.11Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.12And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.13And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.14And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.15And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.16And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.17And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.18And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.19These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
2 Chronicles 17
English Standard Version
Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah
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; 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)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; 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; 2Ch 15:17; 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)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)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)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; 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; 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; Jud 5:9; Ne 11:2)17Of Benjamin: Eliada, a mighty man of valor, with 200,000 men armed with bow and shield; (1Ch 12:2)18and next to him Jehozabad with 180,000 armed for war.19These were in the service of the king, besides those whom the king had placed in the fortified cities throughout all Judah. (2Ch 17:2)