2 Chronicles 17
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Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah
(1 Kings 15:23-24)

1Asa's son Jehoshaphat became king in his place, and he strengthened himself against Israel. 2He stationed troops in every fortified city of Judah and put garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.

3Now the LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek out the Baals, 4but he sought the God of his father and walked by His commandments rather than the practices of Israel. 5So the LORD established the kingdom in his hand, and all Judah brought him tribute, so that he had an abundance of riches and honor. 6And his heart took delight in the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

7In the third year of his reign, Jehoshaphat sent his officials Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah to teach in the cities of Judah, 8accompanied by certain Levites—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah—along with the priests Elishama and Jehoram. 9They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the LORD. They went throughout the towns of Judah and taught the people.

10And the dread of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat. 11Some Philistines also brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and the Arabs brought him flocks of 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats.

12Jehoshaphat grew stronger and stronger, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah 13and kept a large amount of supplies in the cities of Judah. He also had fighting men, mighty warriors, in Jerusalem. 14These are their numbers according to the houses of their fathers:

For Judah, the commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander and 300,000 mighty warriors with him;

15next to him, Jehohanan the commander and 280,000 with him;

16next to him, Amasiah son of Zichri, the volunteer for the LORD, and 200,000 mighty warriors with him;

17from Benjamin, Eliada, a mighty warrior, and 200,000 with him armed with bows and shields;

18and next to him, Jehozabad and 180,000 with him equipped for war.

19These were the men who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities throughout Judah.


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