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Version 0.31.57, 15 October 2020

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2 Chronicles Chapter 20

1And it came to pass after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, and with them some of the Ammonites, went to war against Jehoshaphat. 2And informers came and told Jehoshaphat, and said, “A large multitude is coming against you from across the sea – from Aramaea – and they are already in Hazezon-tamar, which is En-gedi.” 3And Jehoshaphat was afraid, and he resolved to seek the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast over all of Judah. 4So Judah gathered to seek instructions from the Lord, and people also came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. 5And Jehoshaphat stood in the convocation of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord, in front of the new court. 6And he said, “O Lord God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven and ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? And in your hand is power and might, and there is no-one who can match you. 7Are you not our God who disinherited the inhabitants of this land in the presence of your people Israel, and gave it to the seed of Abraham your friend age-abidingly? 8And they lived in it, and they built a holy place for your name in it for you, and said, 9‘If evil comes upon us – the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine – we will stand before this house and before you, for your name is in this house, and we will cry out to you because of our distress, then do hear us and save us.’ 10And now, look at the sons of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you did not allow Israel to attack when they came from the land of Egypt, so they kept away from them and did not destroy them. 11And here they are requiting us by coming to drive us out of your inheritance which you legated to us. 12O God of ours, will you not pass judgment on them, for we do not have the strength in the face of this large multitude which is coming against us, and we do not know what we should do, but our eyes are directed to you.” 13And all of Judah was standing before the Lord, including their little ones, their wives and their sons. 14Then the spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel the son of Zechariah the son of Benaiah the son of Jeiel the son of Mattaniah the Levite, of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the convocation, 15and he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not you be afraid and do not fear this large multitude, for it is not with you that the war is, but with God. 16Go down against them tomorrow. Look, they are coming up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook facing the Jeruel Desert. 17It is not up to you to fight this matter. Station yourselves and stand and watch the salvation of the Lord who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not fear. Go out tomorrow to confront them, and the Lord will be with you.’ ” 18And Jehoshaphat bowed down face to the ground, and all of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord in worshipping the Lord. 19And the Levites of the sons of the Kohathites, and of the sons of the Korhites, arose to praise the Lord God of Israel, raising a loud voice. 20And they arose early in the morning and went out to the desert of Tekoa, and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in the Lord your God and be faithful. Believe his prophets and prosper.” 21And he took counsel together with the people, and he stationed singers to the Lord, and psalm-singers, to the splendour of the holy event – when they went out to confront the armed body – as they said,

“Praise the Lord,

For his kindness is age-abiding.”

22And at that time when they began the joyful singing and praise, the Lord placed ambushers against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir who were coming to Judah, and they were struck down. 23And the sons of Ammon and Moab stood against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, to obliterate and destroy them, and when they had exterminated the inhabitants of Seir, each one helped to bring his neighbour's downfall. 24Then when Judah came to the watchtower overlooking the desert, they cast their eyes on the large multitude, and what they saw was that they were corpses, having fallen to the ground, and that there was no escaped remnant. 25And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take spoil from them, they found among them in abundance both valuables and corpses and desirable objects, and they stripped them for themselves to the point of being unable to carry them, and they spent three days taking the spoil, for it was great. 26And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for they blessed the Lord there, which is why they call that place the Valley of Berachah, as it is up to this day. 27And every man of Judah and Jerusalem returned, with Jehoshaphat at their head, so as to return to Jerusalem with joy, because the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28And they arrived in Jerusalem with lutes and with harps and with trumpets at the house of the Lord. 29And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the various countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30And Jehoshaphat's kingdom was quiet, and his God gave him rest all round. 31And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he started to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem for twenty-five years. And the name of his mother was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi. 32And he walked in the way of his father Asa, and he did not deviate from it, in doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord. 33But the idolatrous raised sites were not removed, and the people still had not prepared their hearts for the God of their fathers. 34And as for the rest of the affairs of Jehoshaphat – the first and the last – they are to be seen written in the Chronicles of Jehu the Son of Hanani, who is recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel. 35And after that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah the king of Israel. He acted wrongly in doing this. 36And he allied himself to him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made ships in Ezion-geber. 37Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat and said, “Because of you allying yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has thwarted your affairs.” And the ships were broken, and they were not able to go to Tarshish.

Reference(s) in Chapter 20: v.7 ↔ James 2:23.

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