1 And Jehoshaphat
the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him,
and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly,
and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee
from before the LORD.
3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that
thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared
thine heart to seek God.
4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again
through the people from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim, and brought
them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities
of Judah, city by city,
6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge
not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed
and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor
respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites,
and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel,
for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they
returned to Jerusalem.
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear
of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren
that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between
law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn
them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come
upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not
11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all
matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler
of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the
Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and
the LORD shall be with the good.
1 It came to pass
after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children
of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against
Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There
cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on
this side Syria; and, behold, they be Hazazon-tamar, which is
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD,
and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the
LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem,
in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven?
and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and
in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is
able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants
of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the
seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein
for thy name, saying,
9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence,
or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence,
(for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction,
then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount
Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came
out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out
of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might
against this great company that cometh against us; neither know
we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones,
their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah,
the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons
of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto
you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude;
for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by
the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook,
before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves,
stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you,
O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow
go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:
and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the
LORD, worshipping the LORD.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of
the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God
of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the
wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood
and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe
his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers
unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness,
as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD;
for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments
against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were
come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants
of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they
had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped
to destroy another.
24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness,
they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead
bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the
spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches
with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped
off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they
were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley
of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the
name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and
Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem
with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and
trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries,
when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him
rest round about.
31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five
years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and
five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the
daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed
not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the
people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last,
behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani,
who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself
with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish:
and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against
Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah,
the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that
they were not able to go to Tarshish.
1 Now Jehoshaphat
slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the
city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and
Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah:
all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold,
and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the
kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.
4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father,
he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the
sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did
the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife:
and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.
7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because
of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised
to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion
of Judah, and made themselves a king.
9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots
with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which
compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.
10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto
this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his
hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.
11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and
caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and
compelled Judah thereto.
12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet,
saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because
thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father,
nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast
made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring,
like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain
thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than thyself:
14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people,
and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels,
until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day.
16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of
the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians:
17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried
away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and
his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son
left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with
an incurable disease.
19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end
of two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness:
so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning
for him, like the burning of his fathers.
20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and
he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being
desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not
in the sepulchres of the kings.