2 Chronicles 18:1
New International Version
Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honor, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage.

New Living Translation
Jehoshaphat enjoyed great riches and high esteem, and he made an alliance with Ahab of Israel by having his son marry Ahab's daughter.

English Standard Version
Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor, and he made a marriage alliance with Ahab.

Berean Study Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage.

New American Standard Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor; and he allied himself by marriage with Ahab.

King James Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

Christian Standard Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and he made an alliance with Ahab through marriage.

Contemporary English Version
Jehoshaphat was now very rich and famous. He signed a treaty with King Ahab of Israel by arranging the marriage of his son and Ahab's daughter.

Good News Translation
When King Jehoshaphat of Judah became rich and famous, he arranged a marriage between a member of his family and the family of King Ahab of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and he made an alliance with Ahab through marriage.

International Standard Version
After Jehoshaphat had become wealthy and was enjoying abundant honor, he allied himself to Ahab.

NET Bible
Jehoshaphat was very wealthy and greatly respected. He made an alliance by marriage with Ahab,

New Heart English Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and he joined affinity with Ahab.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jehoshaphat was wealthy and honorable and became Ahab's in-law.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance; and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage.

New American Standard 1977
Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor; and he allied himself by marriage with Ahab.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and married into the family of Ahab.

King James 2000 Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and made a marriage alliance with Ahab.

American King James Version
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

American Standard Version
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and he joined affinity with Ahab.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Josaphat had yet great wealth and glory, and he connected himself by marriage with the house of Achaab.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now Josaphat was rich and very glorious, and was joined by affinity to Achab.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance; and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage.

English Revised Version
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance; and he joined affinity with Ahab.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

World English Bible
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and he joined affinity with Ahab.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehoshaphat hath riches and honour in abundance, and joineth affinity to Ahab,
Study Bible
Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab
1Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and he allied himself with Ahab by marriage. 2And some years later he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria, where Ahab sacrificed many sheep and cattle for him and the people with him, and urged him to march up to Ramoth-gilead.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 17:5
So the LORD established the kingdom in his hand, and all Judah brought him tribute, so that he had an abundance of riches and honor.

2 Chronicles 19:2
Then Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to confront him and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Do you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you.

2 Chronicles 21:6
And Jehoram walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done. For he married a daughter of Ahab and did evil in the sight of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

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2 Chronicles 1:11-15
And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: …

2 Chronicles 17:5,12
Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance…

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

2 Chronicles 8:18
And Huram sent him by the hands of his servants ships, and servants that had knowledge of the sea; and they went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and took thence four hundred and fifty talents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon.

2 Chronicles 19:1-3
And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem…

2 Chronicles 18:31
And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.







Lexicon
Now Jehoshaphat
לִֽיהוֹשָׁפָ֛ט (lî·hō·wō·šā·p̄āṭ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3092: Jehoshaphat -- 'the LORD has judged', the name of a number of Israelites

had
וַיְהִ֧י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

riches
עֹ֥שֶׁר (‘ō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6239: Wealth

and honor
וְכָב֖וֹד (wə·ḵā·ḇō·wḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

in abundance,
לָרֹ֑ב (lā·rōḇ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

and he allied himself with Ahab
לְאַחְאָֽב׃ (lə·’aḥ·’āḇ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 256: Ahab -- 'father's brother', a king of Israel, also a false prophet

by marriage.
וַיִּתְחַתֵּ֖ן (way·yiṯ·ḥat·tên)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2859: To give, away in marriage, to contract affinity by marriage
(1) Now Jehoshaphat had.--And Jehoshaphat got.

Riches and honour in abundance.--Repeated from 2Chronicles 17:5.

And joined affinity with Ahab.--He married his son Jehoram to Athaliah, daughter of Ahab and Jezebel (2Chronicles 21:6; 1Kings 18:8). The high degree of prosperity to which the king of Judah had attained is indicated by the fact that so powerful a monarch as Ahab entered into such an intimate connection with him. (The vav of the second clause is not adversative, as Z�ckler asserts, but rather consecutive.)

Verse 1. - The purport of the verse is to let us into the secret that the riches and honour in abundance of Jehoshaphat were, in fact, the snare by which he was led to entangle himself with one who, probably only on that account, was willing to be entangled by affinity with him (2 Chronicles 21:6; 2 Chronicles 22:2-4; 2 Kings 8:25-29). It is not hard to see how they would both lead him, if not always out of big and patronizing thoughts, to seek and also lay him open to be sought. When this verse says Jehoshaphat joined affinity, etc., it means that he had done so. to wit, not fewer than nine years before, in promoting or allowing, whichever it was, the marriage of his son Jehoram with Ahab's and Jezebel's daughter Athaliah. For the issue of this marriage, Ahaziah, took the throne at the age of twenty-two years, thirteen years hence from this seventeenth year of his grandfather Jehoshaphat's reign, the year of Ahab's death. But as we are told that Ahaziah was the youngest son of Jehoram and Athaliah (for explanation of which see 2 Chronicles 21:17), the "joining affinity" must have been something earlier than nine years, and very probably came yet nearer the prosperity of the earlier years of Jehoshaphat's reign, with which would agree well the keynote touched again significantly here from our 2 Chronicles 17:5. Comp. 2 Kings 8:17, 26; 2 Chronicles 21:20; 2 Chronicles 22:2 (which needs the correction of twenty-two to forty-two). Although it is certain that the act of Jehoshaphat was wrong in principle, disastrous in practice (2 Chronicles 19:2, 3), and threatened fatal consequences to himself (2 Chronicles 18:31, 32), yet it is not impossible to suppose his motives were for the most part good, and he may naturally have thought that the sunshine of his own peace and abundance might be the set time to win influence in and over Israel, rather than strengthen Israel in its ungodly independence. On the other hand, nothing could justify Jehoshaphat risking such intimacy of relationship with such a family, heedless of consequences, looking towards idolatry, which he should have known were overwhelmingly probable. 18:1-34 Jehoshaphat's alliance with Ahab. - This history we read in 1Ki 22. Abundant riches and honour give large opportunities of doing good, but they are attended with many snares and temptations. Men do not know much of the artifices of Satan and the deceitfulness of their own hearts, when they covet riches with the idea of being able to do good with them. What can hurt those whom God will protect? What can shelter those whom God will destroy? Jehoshaphat is safe in his robes, Ahab killed in his armour; for the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. We should be cautious of entangling ourselves in the worldly undertakings of evil men; and still more we should avoid engaging in their sinful projects. But, when they call upon him, God can and will bring his faithful people out of the difficulties and dangers into which they have sinfully run themselves. He has all hearts in his hand, so that he easily rescues them. Blessed is the man that putteth his trust in the Lord.
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