2 Chronicles 20

Judah Invaded

1Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the
So with Gr; Heb Ammonites
,
b  Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat.
2Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of
Another reading is Edom
Aram and behold, they are in d  Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).”
3Jehoshaphat was afraid and
Lit set his face
,
f  turned his attention to seek the  Lord, and g  proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4So Judah gathered together to h  seek help from the  Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the  Lord.

Jehoshaphat’s Prayer

5Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the  Lord before the new court, 6and he said, “O  Lord, the God of our fathers i  are You not God in the heavens? And j  are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. 7Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and k  give it to the descendants of l  Abraham Your friend forever? 8They have lived in it, and have built You a sanctuary there for Your name, saying, 9m  Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for n  Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’ 10Now behold, o  the sons of Ammon and Moab and
I.e. Edom
Mount Seir, q  whom You did not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt (they turned aside from them and did not destroy them),
11see how they are rewarding us by r  coming to drive us out from Your possession which You have given us as an inheritance. 12O our God, s  will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but t  our eyes are on You.”

13All Judah was standing before the  Lord, with their infants, their wives and their children.

Jahaziel Answers the Prayer

14Then in the midst of the assembly u  the Spirit of the  Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; 15and he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the  Lord to you, ‘ v  Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for w  the battle is not yours but God’s. 16Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. 17‘You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, x  stand and see the salvation of the  Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, y  for the  Lord is with you.”

18Jehoshaphat z  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. 19The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the  Lord God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

Enemies Destroy Themselves

20They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem aa  put your trust in the  Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” 21When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the  Lord and those who ab  praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said ac  Give thanks to the  Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 22When they began singing and praising, the  Lord ad  set ambushes against the sons of ae  Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were
Lit struck down
routed.
23For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir ag  they helped to destroy one another.

24When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. 25When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods
So several ancient mss; others read corpses
garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much.

Triumphant Return to Jerusalem

26Then on the fourth day they assembled in the valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the  Lord. Therefore they have named that placeThe Valley of
I.e. blessing
Beracahuntil today.
27Every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy aj  for the  Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies. 28They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres and trumpets to the house of the  Lord. 29And ak  the dread of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that the  Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace al  for his God gave him rest on all sides.

31 am  Now Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32He walked in the way of his father Asa and did not depart from it, doing right in the sight of the  Lord. 33 an  The high places, however, were not removed; ao  the people had not yet directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.

34Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first
Lit and
to last, behold, they are written in the annals of aq  Jehu the son of Hanani, which is
Lit taken up
recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.

Alliance Displeases God

35 as  After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. He acted wickedly
Lit to do
in so doing.
36So he allied himself with him to make ships to go au  to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion-geber. 37Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the  Lord has destroyed your works.” So the ships were broken and could not go to Tarshish.
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