1Jehoshaphat his son succeeded him as king and strengthened himself against Israel.2He stationed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah and put garrisons in Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.3The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals4but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.5The Lord established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.6His heart was devoted to the ways of the Lord; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.7In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah.8With them were certain Levites—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah—and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.9They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the Lord; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.10The fear of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not go to war against Jehoshaphat.11Some Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and silver as tribute, and the Arabs brought him flocks: seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred goats.12Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah13and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.14Their enrollment by families was as follows: From Judah, commanders of units of 1,000: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 fighting men;15next, Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000;16next, Amasiah son of Zikri, who volunteered himself for the service of the Lord, with 200,000.17From Benjamin: Eliada, a valiant soldier, with 200,000 men armed with bows and shields;18next, Jehozabad, with 180,000 men armed for battle.19These were the men who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities throughout Judah.
2 Chronicles 17
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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)