2 Chronicles 20:36
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New International Version
He agreed with him to construct a fleet of trading ships. After these were built at Ezion Geber,

New Living Translation
Together they built a fleet of trading ships at the port of Ezion-geber.

English Standard Version
He joined him in building ships to go to Tarshish, and they built the ships in Ezion-geber.

New American Standard Bible
So he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

King James Bible
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jehoshaphat formed an alliance with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

International Standard Version
He also agreed with King Ahaziah to build ships to sail toward Tarshish, which they built in Ezion-geber.

NET Bible
They agreed to make large seagoing merchant ships; they built the ships in Ezion Geber.

New Heart English Bible
and he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion Geber.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jehoshaphat joined him in making ships to go to Tarshish. They made the ships in Ezion Geber.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and he joined him with himself to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

New American Standard 1977
So he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

Jubilee Bible 2000
he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Eziongeber.

King James 2000 Bible
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

American King James Version
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.

American Standard Version
and he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was partner with him in making ships, to go to Tharsis: and they made the ships in Asiongaber.

Darby Bible Translation
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

English Revised Version
and he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.

World English Bible
and he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion Geber.

Young's Literal Translation
and he joineth him with himself to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they make ships in Ezion-Geber,
Study Bible
Jehoshaphat's Convoy Perishes
35After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. He acted wickedly in so doing. 36So he allied himself with him to make ships to go 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.…
Cross References
Numbers 33:35
They journeyed from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.

1 Kings 10:22
For the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.

1 Kings 22:48
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they did not go for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.

2 Chronicles 9:21
For the king had ships which went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.

2 Chronicles 20:37
Then 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.
Treasury of Scripture

And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.

And he joined `At first Jehoshaphat was unwilling,

1 Kings 22:28,49 And Micaiah said, If you return at all in peace, the LORD has not …

1 Kings 10:22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: …

Tharshish
Ezion-gaber

1 Kings 9:26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside …

Ezion-geber

(36) And he joined himself with him.--Literally, and he joined him with himself, an expression only occurring here.

To make ships to go to Tarshish.--In 1Kings 22:48-49, we read: "Jehoshaphat made ships (i.e., a fleet) of Tarshish, to go to Ophir for gold; and it went not; for the ships were broken (i.e., wrecked) in Ezion-geber. Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships; and Jehoshaphat consented not." There is no mention of a previous alliance and partnership in the ship-building with Ahaziah. Moreover, the expression of our text, "ships to go to Tarshish," appears to be an erroneous paraphrase of "ships of Tarshish," or "Tarshish-men," as we might say; a phrase which really means, vessels built for long sea-voyages. According to Kings, the ships were built "to go to Ophir for gold;" in other words, to renew Solomon's traffic with India from the port on the Red Sea.

And they made the ships in Ezion-gaber.--The Edomite port at the head of the Gulf of Akaba. If Tarshish means the Phoenician Tartessus in Spain, the fleet could only go thither by doubling the Cape, or crossing the Isthmus of Suez. Therefore some have supposed another Tarshish somewhere in the Persian Gulf or on the north-west coast of India. (See on 2Chronicles 9:21.)

Verse 36. - This verse tells us the object with which Jehoshaphat had joined himself with Ahaziah, and 1 Kings 22:49 tells us how at last, by a point-blank refusal to Ahaziah, he withdrew from the very brief commercial alliance after he had not merely been witnessed against by the Prophet Eliezer spoken of in our next verse, but more decisively witnessed against by the shattering of his ships. To go to Tarshish. This clause, even if the text is not corrupt, yet cannot mean what it seems to say; but in the word "to go" (Hebrew, לָלֶכֶת) must mean, of the sort that were wont to go to Tarshish, i.e. that were used for the Tarshish trade. We are guided to some such explanation by 1 Kings 22:48, where it is said the ships were "ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir" (1 Kings 10:22; 2 Chronicles 8:18). That the ships could not be to go to Tarshish is plain from the fact of the place, Ezion-geber (2 Chronicles 8:17, 18; 1 Kings 9:26), on the Red Sea, where they were built. Some, however, have suggested that some other Tarshish (e.g. in the Gulf of Persia)than that of Spain (Tartessus) may conceivably be meant. The clear statement of the parallel saves the necessity of any such supposition, however. And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish,.... Of which; see Gill on 1 Kings 22:48, and though it is there said, 1 Kings 22:49, that Jehoshaphat refused letting the servants of Ahaziah go with his, that was after he had been reproved for joining with him, and after the ships were broken:

and they made the ships in Eziongeber; of which see Gill on 1 Kings 9:26. 20:31-37 Jehoshaphat kept close to the worship of God, and did what he could to keep his people close to it. But after God had done such great things for him, given him not only victory, but wealth; after this, to go and join himself with a wicked king, was very ungrateful. What could he expect but that God would be angry with him? Yet it seems, he took the warning; for when Ahaziah afterward pressed him to join him, he would not, 1Ki 22:49. Thus the alliance was broken, and the Divine rebuke had its effect, at least for a season. Let us be thankful for any losses which may have prevented the loss of our immortal souls. Let us praise the Lord, who sought after us, and left us not to perish in our sins.
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