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1After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Me-uʹnites, came against Jehoshʹaphat for battle. 2Some men came and told Jehoshʹaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazʹazon-taʹmar” (that is, En-geʹdi). 3Then Jehoshʹaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

5And Jehoshʹaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, 6and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, art thou not God in heaven? Dost thou not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In thy hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee. 7Didst thou not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and give it for ever to the descendants of Abraham thy friend? 8And they have dwelt in it, and have built thee in it a sanctuary for thy name, saying, 9‘If evil comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before thee, for thy name is in this house, and cry to thee in our affliction, and thou wilt hear and save.’ 10And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seʹir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy—11behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 12O our God, wilt thou not execute judgment upon them? For we are powerless against this great multitude that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon thee.”

13Meanwhile all the men of Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14And the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaʹziel the son of Zechariʹah, son of Benaiʹah, son of Je-iʹel, son of Mattaniʹah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15And he said, “Hearken, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshʹaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Fear not, and be not dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours but God’s. 16Tomorrow go down against them; behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz; you will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruʹel. 17You will not need to fight in this battle; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Fear not, and be not dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”

18Then Jehoshʹaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19And the Levites, of the Koʹhathites and the Koʹrahites, stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

20And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoʹa; and as they went out, Jehoshʹaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.” 21And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy array, as they went before the army, and say,

“Give thanks to the Lord,

for his steadfast love endures for ever.”

22And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seʹir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. 23For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seʹir, destroying them utterly, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seʹir, they all helped to destroy one another.

24When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and behold, they were dead bodies lying on the ground; none had escaped. 25When Jehoshʹaphat and his people came to take the spoil from them, they found cattle in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much. 26On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berʹacah, for there they blessed the Lord; therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Berʹacah to this day. 27Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshʹaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28They came to Jerusalem, with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the Lord. 29And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30So the realm of Jehoshʹaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest round about.

31Thus Jehoshʹaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azuʹbah the daughter of Shilhi. 32He walked in the way of Asa his father and did not turn aside from it; he did what was right in the sight of the Lord. 33The high places, however, were not taken away; the people had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their fathers.

34Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshʹaphat, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Jehu the son of Hanaʹni, which are recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.

35After this Jehoshʹaphat king of Judah joined with Ahaziʹah king of Israel, who did wickedly. 36He joined him in building ships to go to Tarshish, and they built the ships in Eʹzion-geʹber. 37Then Elieʹzer the son of Dodavʹahu of Mareʹshah prophesied against Jehoshʹaphat, saying, “Because you have joined with Ahaziʹah, the Lord will destroy what you have made.” And the ships were wrecked and were not able to go to Tarshish.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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