2 Chronicles 19

Jehu Rebukes Jehoshaphat

1Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. 2 a  Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat b  Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the  Lord and
Lit by this
d  so bring wrath on yourself from the  Lord?
Lit good things are found
f  there is some good in you, for g  you have removed the
I.e. wooden pillars
Asheroth from the land and you i  have set your heart to seek God.”

4So Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem and went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and j  brought them back to the  Lord, the God of their fathers.

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5He appointed k  judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city. 6He said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for l  you do not judge for man but for the  Lord who is with you
Lit in the word of judgment
when you render judgment.
7Now then let the fear of the  Lord be upon you;
Lit be careful and do
be very careful what you do, for
Lit there is not with the  Lord our God
the  Lord our God will p  have no part in unrighteousness q  or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”

8In Jerusalem also Jehoshaphat appointed some r  of the Levites and priests, and some of the heads of the fathers’ households of Israel, for the judgment of the  Lord and to judge
So the versions; Heb reads disputes. And they returned to Jerusalem, or And they lived in Jerusalem
disputes among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
9Then he charged them saying, “Thus you shall do in the fear of the  Lord, faithfully and wholeheartedly. 10 t  Whenever any dispute comes to you from your brethren who live in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and ordinances, you shall warn them so that they may not be guilty before the  Lord, and u  wrath may not come on you and your brethren. Thus you shall do and you will not be guilty. 11Behold, Amariah the chief priest will be over you in
Lit every matter of
w  all that pertains to the  Lord, and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, in
Lit every matter of
all that pertains to the king. Also the Levites shall be officers before you.
Lit Be strong and do
z  Act resolutely, and the  Lord be with the upright.”
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