2 Chronicles 17
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Jehoshaphat Succeeds Asa

1Asa’s son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king, and he consolidated his authority over Israel 2by placing troops in all of the fortified citadels through Judah and by establishing garrisons throughout the land of Judah and in the cities that his father Asa had captured.

3The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example set during his ancestor David’s preliminary years by not pursuing the Baals.a 4Instead, Jehoshaphatb sought the God of his ancestors and obeyed his commands, unlike Israel. 5Therefore the LORD secured Jehoshaphat’sc kingdom under his control, with all of Judah paying him tribute, and Jehoshaphat became very wealthy and greatly respected. 6He remained committed to following the LORD, and he removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

Jehoshaphat Institutes Teaching Programs

7During the third year of his reign, Jehoshaphat sent his officials Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah to teach throughout the cities of Judah. 8They were accompanied by the descendants of Levi, includingd Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah. These descendants of Levi were accompanied by the priests Elishama and Jehoram. 9They taught throughout Judah from a copy of the Book of the Law of the LORD that they took with them as they passed through all the cities of Judah, teaching among all the people.

Jehoshaphat’s Military and Economic Stability

10Because they were afraid of the LORD, none of the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah dared go to war against Jehoshaphat. 11Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and Arabians brought him flocks of 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats. 12As a result, Jehoshaphat grew more and more powerful, and built up fortresses and storage centers throughout Judah. 13He placed a large amount of supplies into storage throughout the cities of Judah and stationed soldiers—all of them valiant men—in Jerusalem. 14Here’s how they were mustered, listed according to their ancestral houses and listed by commanders of thousands: Adnah commanded 300,000 elite forces. 15Near him was Johanan, commander of 280,000 16and next to him was Zichri’s son Amasiah, who had volunteered to serve the LORD. He commanded 200,000 elite forces. 17There was also Eliada from Benjamin, himself a valiant soldier. He was accompanied by 200,000 expert archers bearing shields. 18Near him was Jehozabad, who was accompanied by 180,000 soldiers equipped for warfare. 19These men served the king, and there were others whom the king garrisoned inside fortified cities throughout all of Judah.

a 17:3 i.e. the supreme male divinity of the Philistines and Canaanites
b 17:4 Lit. he
c 17:5 Lit. his
d 17:8 The Heb. lacks including

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