2 Chronicles 19

Jehoshaphat’s Reforms

1Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. 2But aJehu the son of bHanani cthe seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you dhelp the wicked and love those who hate the  Lord? Because of this, ewrath has gone out against you from the  Lord. 3Nevertheless fsome good is found in you, for gyou destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have hset your heart to seek God.”

4Jehoshaphat lived at Jerusalem. And he went out again among the people, from Beersheba to ithe hill country of Ephraim, and brought them back to the  Lord, the God of their fathers. 5He appointed jjudges in the land in all kthe fortified cities of Judah, city by city, 6and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, lfor you judge not for man but for the  Lord. He is with you in giving judgment. 7Now then, let the fear of the  Lord be upon you. Be careful what you do, for mthere is no injustice with the  Lord our God nor partiality or taking bribes.”

8Moreover, in Jerusalem Jehoshaphat oappointed certain Levites and priests and heads of families of Israel pto give judgment for the  Lord and to decide disputed cases. They had their seat at Jerusalem. 9And he charged them: qThus you shall do in the fear of the  Lord, in faithfulness, rand with your whole heart: 10 swhenever a case comes to you from your brothers who live in their cities, concerning bloodshed, law or commandment, statutes or rules, then you shall warn them, that they may not incur guilt before the  Lord and twrath may not come upon you and your brothers. Thus you shall do, and you will not incur guilt. 11And behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you uin all matters of the  Lord; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the governor of the house of Judah, in all the king’s matters, and the Levites will serve you as officers. vDeal courageously, and may the  Lord be with the upright!”
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