1 Moab and Ammon defeated
1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and behold, they be Gen. 14:7in Hazazon-tamar, which is Josh. 15:62En-gedi.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,
6 And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou Deut. 4:39;Josh. 2:11;1 Ki. 8:23;Mat. 6:9God in heaven? and Ps. 47:2,8;Dan. 4:17rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and 1 Chr. 29:12;Ps. 62:11;Mat. 6:13in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
7 Art not thou Gen. 17:7;Ex. 6:7our God, [b]who Ps. 44:2didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham Is. 41:8;Jas. 2:23thy friend for ever?
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
9 1 Ki. 8:33,37;ch. 6:28-30If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy ch. 6:20name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
10 And now behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou Deut. 2:4,9,19wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but Num. 20:21they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, Ps. 83:12to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
12 O our God, wilt thou not 1 Sam. 3:13judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but Ps. 25:15;& 121:1,2;& 123:1,2;& 141:8our eyes are upon thee.
13 And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, Num. 11:25,26;& 24:2;ch. 15:1came the spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Ex. 14:13,14;Deut. 1:29,30;& 31:6,8;ch. 32:7Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
17 Ex. 14:13,14Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: Num. 14:9;ch. 15:2;& 32:8for the Lord will be with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat Ex. 4:31bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Is. 7:9Believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, 1 Chr. 16:29and [e]that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, 1 Chr. 16:34;Ps 136:1Praise the Lord; 1 Chr. 16:41;ch. 5:13for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 [f]And when they began [g]to sing and to praise, Judg. 7:22;1 Sam. 14:20the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and [h]they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped [i]to destroy another.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stript off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of [k]Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the [l]forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had Neh. 12:43made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord.
29 And ch. 17:10the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his ch. 15:15;Job 34:29God gave him rest round about.
31 The death of Jehoshaphat
31 1 Ki. 22:41And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the Lord.
33 Howbeit See ch. 17:6the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not ch. 12:14;& 19:3prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
35 And after this 1 Ki. 22:48,49did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. 1 Ki. 22:48And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go ch. 9:21to Tarshish.
38 Jehoram, king of Judah
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