2 Chronicles 20

Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

1After this a  the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites
Compare 26:7; Hebrew Ammonites
came against Jehoshaphat for battle.
2Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom,
One Hebrew manuscript; most Hebrew manuscripts Aram (Syria)
from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in d  Hazazon-tamar” (that is, e  Engedi).
3Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face f  to seek the  Lord, and g  proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4And Judah assembled to seek help from the  Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the  Lord.

5And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the  Lord, before the new court, 6and said, “O  Lord, God of our fathers, are you not h  God in heaven? You i  rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. j  In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. 7Did you not, our God, k  drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of l  Abraham your friend? 8And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, 9 m  If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment
Or  the sword of judgment
or pestilence, or famine o  we will stand before this house and before you— p  for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’
10And now behold, the men of q  Ammon and Moab and r  Mount Seir, whom s  you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, t  and whom they avoided and did not destroy 11behold, they reward us u  by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12O our God, will you not v  execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but w  our eyes are on you.”

13Meanwhile all Judah stood before the  Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14And x  the Spirit of the  Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the  Lord to you, y  ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, z  for the battle is not yours but God’s. 16Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of aa  the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 ab  You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the  Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ ac  Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, ad  and the  Lord will be with you.”

18Then Jehoshaphat ae  bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the  Lord, worshiping the  Lord. 19And the Levites, of the af  Kohathites and the ag  Korahites, stood up to praise the  Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

20And they rose early in the morning and went out into ah  the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! ai  Believe in the  Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.” 21And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the  Lord and praise him aj  in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say,

ak  “Give thanks to the  Lord,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”

22And when they began to sing and praise, the  Lord set al  an ambush against the men of am  Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. 23For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, an  they all helped to destroy one another.

The  Lord Delivers Judah

24When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the horde, and behold, there
Hebrew they
were dead bodies lying on the ground; none had escaped.
25When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found among them, in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much. 26On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah,
 Beracah means blessing
for there they blessed the  Lord. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day.
27Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, aq  for the  Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28They came to Jerusalem with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the  Lord. 29 ar  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. 30So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, as  for his God gave him rest all around.

31 at  Thus Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32He walked in the way of Asa his father and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the  Lord. 33 au  The high places, however, were not taken away; av  the people had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their fathers.

34Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of aw  Jehu the son of Hanani ax  which are recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.

The End of Jehoshaphat’s Reign

35 ay  After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah joined with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted wickedly. 36He joined him in building ships to go to az  Tarshish, and they built the ships in Ezion-geber. 37Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, ba  “Because you have joined with Ahaziah, the  Lord will destroy what you have made.” And the ships were wrecked and were not able to go to Tarshish.

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