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Jehoshaphat's good reign. CHAP. XVII, XVIII.

His greatness. bims a huge host, with very many chariots and went about throughout all the cities of and horsemen ? yet, because thou didst re- Judah, and taught the people. is on the LORD, he delivered them into 10 And the fear of the Lord fell upon thine hand.

all the kingdoms of the lands that were 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and round about Judah, so that they made no fro throughout the whole earth, to shew war against Jeloshaphat. himself strong in the behalf of them whose 11 Also some of the Philistines brought heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver ; hast done foolishly : therefore from hence- and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven forth thou shalt have wars.

thousand and seven hundred rams, and 10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, seven thousand and seven hundred heand put him in a prison-house; for he was goats. in a rage with him because of this thing. 12 { And Jehoshaphat waxed great exAnd Asa oppressed some of the people the ceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, same time.

and cities of store. 11 And behold, the acts of Asa, first 13 And he had much business in the and last, lo, they are written in the book cities of Judah: and the men of war, of the kings of Judah and Israel. mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.

12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year 14 And these are the numbers of them of his reign was diseased in his feet, until according to the house of their fathers : Of his disease was exceeding great : yet in Judah, the captains of thousands, Adnah his disease he sought not to the LORD, but the chief, and with him mighty men of vato the physicians.

lour three hundred thousand. 13 | And Asa slept with his fathers, and 15 And next to him was Jehohanan the died in the one and fortieth year of his captain, and with him two hundred and reign.

fourscore thousand. 14 And they buried him in his own se 16 And next him was Amasiah the son pulchres which he had made for himself in of Zichri, who willingly offered himself the city of David, and laid him in the bed unto the Lord; and with him two hundred which was filled with sweet odours, and thousand mighty men of valour. divers kinds of spices prepared by the 17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty apothecaries' art: and they made a very man of valour, and with him armed men great burning for him.

with bow and shield two hundred thousand. CHAP XVII.

18 And next him was Jehozabad, and ND Jehoshaphat his son reigned in with him an hundred and fourscore thou

his stead, and strengthened himself sand ready prepared for the war. against Israel.

19 Thiese waited on the king, beside 2 And he placed forces in all the fenced those whom the king put in the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the cities throughout all Judah. land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim,

CHAP. XVIII. which Asa his father had taken. 3. And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat

, Now Jehoshapliat had riches and ho

nour in abundance, and joined affinity because he walked in the first ways of his with Ahab, father David, and sought not unto Baalim; 2 And after certain years he went down

4 But sought to the LORD God of his to Ahab to Samaria.' And Ahab killed father, and walked in his commandments, sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and and not after the doings of Israel. for the people that lie had with him, and

5 Therefore the Lord established the persuaded him to go up with him tv Rakingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought moth-gilead. to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches 3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jeand honour in abundance.

hoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go 6 And his heart was lifted up in the with me to Ramoth-gilead ? And be anways of the LORD: moreover he took away swered him, I am as thou art, and my peothe high places and groves out of Judah. ple as thy people; and we will be with thee

7 1 Also in the third year of reign in the war. he sent to his princes, even to Ben-hail, 4 1 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the of the LORD to-day; cities of Judah.

5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered 8 And with them he sent Levites, even together of prophets four hundred men, Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and said unto them, Shall we go to Raaud Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehon- moth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? athan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and And they said, Go up; for God will deliver Tob-adonijah, Levites; and with them Eli- it into the king's hand. shama and Jehoram, priests.

6 { But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not 9. And they taught in Judah, and had the here a prophet of the Lord beside, that book of the law of the LORD with them, I we might inquire of him ?

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Ahab's false prophets. II. CHRONICLES. Micaiah's prophecy.

7 And the king of Israel said unto Je-, him, and thou shalt also prevail : go out and hoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom do even so. we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate 22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath him; for he never prophesieth good unto put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy

the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, against thee. Let not the king say so.

23 | Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaa6 And the king of Israel called for one nah came near, and smote Micaiah upon of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Mi- the cheek, and said, Which way went the caiah the son of Imla.

spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto 9 And the king of Israel and Jehosha- thee? phat king of Judah sat either of them on 24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt his throne, clothed in their robes, and they see on that day when thou shalt go into an sat in a void place at the entering in of the inner chamber to hide thyself. gate of Samaria : and all the prophets 25 Then the king of Israel said, Take prophesied before ther.

Jye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon 10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah the governor of the city, and to Joash the had made him horns of iron, and said, king's son; Thus saith the LORD, With these thou 26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put shalt push Syria until they be consumed. this fellow in the prison, and feed him with

11 And all the prophets prophesied so, bread of affliction and with water of afflicsaying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and pros- tion, until I return in peace. per : for the LORD shall deliver it into the 27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly hand of the king.

return in peace, then hath not the LORD 12 And the messenger that went to call spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the ye people. words of the prophets declare good to the 28 I So the king of Israel and Jehoshaking with one assent; let thy word there-phat the king of Judah went up to Rafore, I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and moth-gilead. speak thou good.

| 29 Ånd the king of Israel said unto Je13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD hoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and will liveth, even what my God saith, that will I go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. speak.

So the king of Israel disguised himself; * 14 And when he was come to the king, and they went to the battle. the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we 30 Now the king of Syria had command

bear? And he said, Go ye up, and pros- with him, saying, Fight ye not with small per, and they shall be delivered into your or great, save only with the king of Israel. hand.

31 And it came to pass, when the cap. 15 s And the king said to him, How ma- tains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that ny times shall I adjure thee that thou say they said, It is the king of Israel. There the Lord?

but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord 16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scat- helped him; and God moved them to detered upon the mountains, as sheep that part from him. have no shepherd: and the LORD said,! 32 For it came to pass, that when the These have no master; let them return captains of the chariots perceived that it therefore every man to his house in peace. was not the king of Israel, they turned back

17 And the king of Israel said to Jehosh- again from pursuing him. aphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not! 33 1 And a certain man drew a bow at a prophesy good unto me, but evil? venture, and smote the king of Israel be

is Again he said, Therefore hear the tween the joints of the harness: therefore word of the Lord; I saw the LORD sitting he said to his chariot-man, Turn thine hand, upon his throne, and all the host of heaven that thou mayest carry me out of the host; standing on his right hand and on his let. for I am wounded.

19 And the Lord said, Who shall entice 34 And the battle increased that day: Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up how beit the king of Israel stayed himself and fall at Ramoth-gilead ? And one spake up in his chariot against the Syrians until saying after this manner, and another say- the even: and about the time of the sun ing after that manner.

going down he died. 20 Then there came out a spirit, and

CHAP. XIX. stood before the Lorn, and said, I will en-) AND Jehoshaphat the king of Judah retice him. And the Lord said unto him, A turned to his house in peace to JeruWherewith?

salem. 21 And he said, I will go out, and be a 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. went out to meet him, and said to king JeAnd the LORD said, Thou shalt entice hoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly

Jehoshaphat's fast and prayer. CHAP. XX.

Jaliziel's prophecy. and love them that hate the LORD? there-gregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the fore is wrath upon thee from before the house of the LORD, before the new court, LORD.

16 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, 3 Nevertheless, there are good things art not thou God in heaven ? and rulest found in thee, in that thou hast taken away not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathe groves out of the land, and hast pre- then? and in thine hand is there not power pared thine heart to seek God.

and might, so that none is able to withstand 4 1 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusa-thee? lem: and he went out again through the 7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive people from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim, out the inhabitants of this land before thy and brought them back unto the LORD God people Israel and gavest it to the seed of of their fathers.

Abraham thy friend for ever? 51 And he set judges in the land through- 8 And they dwelt therein, and have out all the fenced cities of Judah, city by built thee a sanctuary therein for thy City;

name, saying, Ő And said to the judges, Take heed 9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, for the LORD, who is with you in the judg- we stand before this house, and in thy prement.

sence, (for thy name is in this house,) and 7 Wherefore now let the fear of the cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou LORD be upon you: take heed and do it: wilt hear and help. for there is no iniquity with the LORD our 10 And now, behold, the children of God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of Ammon and Moab, and mount Seir, whom gilts.

thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when 8 Moreover, in Jerusalem did Jehosha- they came out of the land of Egypt, but phat set of the Levites, and of the priests, they turned from them, and destroyed them and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for not; the judgment of the LORD, and for con- 11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to troversies, when they returned to Jerusa- come to cast us out of thy possession, which lem.

thou hast given us to inherit. 9 And he charged them, saying, Thus 12 0 our God, wilt thou not judge them! siiall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faith- for we have no might against this great fully, and with a perfect heart.

company that cometh against us; neither 10 And what cause soever shall come to know we what to do: but our eyes are upyou of your brethren that dwell in their on thee. cities, between blood and blood, between 13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, law and commandment, statutes and judg- with their little ones, their wives and their ments, ve shall even warn them that they children. trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath 14 | Then upon Jahaziel the son of come upon you, and upon your brethren : Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of this do, and ye shall not trespass.

Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the 11 And behold, Amariah the chief priest sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD is over you in all matters of the LORD; and in the midst of the congregation; Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, the house of Judah, for all the king's mat- and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou ters: also the Levites shall be officers be- king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD fore you. Deal courageously, and the unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by LORD shall be with the good.

reason of this great multitude; for the batCHAP. XX.

tle is not yours, but God's. IT came to pass after this also, that the 16 To-morrow go ye down against I children of Moab, and the children of them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of Ammonites, cane against Jehoshaphat to the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. battle.

| 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this bat2 Then there came some that told Je- tle : set yourselves, stand ye still, and see hoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great the salvation of the LORD with you, O Juenultitude against thee from beyond the sea dah and Jerusalem : fear not, nor be dis

n this side Syria; and behold, they be in mayed; to-morrow go out against them : Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi. for the LORD will be with you.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set him- 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head self to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a with his face to the ground : and all Judah ast throughout all Judah.

and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before 4 And Judah gathered themselves toge- the Lord, worshipping the LORD. Hier, to ask help of the LORD ; even out of 19 And the Levites, of the children of II the cities of Judah they came to seek the the Kohathites, and of the children of the LORD.

Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God 5 I And Jehoshaphat stood in the con- of Israel with a loud voice on high.

Jehoshaphat's mign. 11. CHRONICLES. Jehoram made king.

20 1 And they rose early in the morning, 33 Howbeit, the high places were not and went forth into the wilderness of Te-taken away : for as yet the people had not kua: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat prepared their hearts unto the God of their stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye fathers. inhabitants of Jerusalem; believe in the 34 Now the rest of the acts of JehoshLORD your God, so shall ye be established; aphat, first and last, behold, they are believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. written in the book of Jehu the son of

21 And when he had consulted with Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the people, he appointed singers unto the the kings of Israel. LORD, and that should praise the beauty 35 ( And after this did Jehoshaphat of holiness, as they went out before the king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for king of Israel, who did very wickedly: his mercy endureth for ever.

1 36 And he joined himself with him to 22 | And when they began to sing and make ships to go to Tarshish: and they to praise, the LORD set ambushments made the ships in Ezion-geber. against the children of Ammon, Moab, and 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of mount Seir, which were come against Ju- Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, dah; and they were smitten.

saying, Because thou hast joined thyself 23 For the children of Ammon and Mo- with A haziah, the Lord hath broken thy ab stood up against the inhabitants of works. And the ships were broken, that mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy they were not able to go to Tarshish. them: and when they had made an end of

CHAP. XXI. the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to N OW Jehoshaphat slept with his fadestroy another.

I thers, and was buried with his fathers 24 And when Judah came toward the in the city of David. And Jehoram his watch-tower in the wilderness, they looked son reigned in his stead. unto the multitude, and behold, they were 2 And he had brethren the sons of Jedead bodies fallen to the earth, and none hoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechaescaped.

riah, and Azariah, and Michael, and She25 And when Jehoshaphat and his peo-phatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshple came to take away the spoil of them, aphat king of Israel. they found among them in abundance both 3 And thei. father gave them great riches with the dead bodies, and precious gists of silver, and of gold, and of precious jewels, which they stripped off for them- things, with fenced cities in Judah: but selves, more than they could carry away : the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because and they were three days in gathering of he was the first-born. the spoil, it was so much.

| 4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to 26 [ And on the fourth day they as- the kingdom of his father, he strengthened sembled themselves in the valley of Bera- himself, and slew all his brethren with the chah; for there they blessed the Lord : sword, and divers also of the princes of therefore the name of the same place was Israel. called, The valley of Berachah, unto this 5 Jehoram was thirty and two years day.

old when he began to reign, and he reigned 27 Then they returned, every man of eight years in Jerusalem. Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat 6 And he walked in the way of the in the fore-front of them, to go again to kings of Israel, like as did the house of Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to made them to rejoice over their enemies. wife: and he wrought that which was evil

28 And they came to Jerusalem with in the eyes of the LORD. psalteries and harps and trumpets unto 7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of the LORD.

the house of David, because of the cove29 And the fear of God was on all the nant that he had made with David, and as kingdoms of those countries, when they he promised to give a light to him and to had heard that the Lord fought against the his sons for ever. enemies of Israel.

8 4 In his days the Edomites revolted 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was qui- from under the dominion of Judah, and et : for his God gave him rest round about. made themselves a king.

31 | And Jehoshaphat reigned over 9 Then Jehoram went forth with his Judah: he was thirty and five years old princes, and all his chariots with him: and when he began to reign, and he reigned he rose up by night, and smote the Edomtwenty and five years in Jerusalem. And ites which compassed him in, and the caphis mother's name was Azubah the daugh- tains of the chariots. ter of Shilhi.

10 So the Edomites revolted from under 32 And he walked in the way of A sa his the hand of Judah unto this day. The father, and departed not from it, doing same time also did Libnah revolt from unthat which was right in the sight of the der his hand; because he had forsaken tho

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His infamous death. CHAP. XXII, XXIII. Ahaziah's wicked reign.

11 Moreover, he made high places in 5 He walked also after their counsel, the mountains of Judah, and caused the and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit forni- king of Israel to war against Hazael king cation, and compelled Judah thereto. of Syria at Ramoth-gilead : and the Sy

12 And there came a writing to him rians smote Joram. from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus 6 And he returned to be healed in Jezsaith the LORD God of David thy father, reel because of the wounds which were Because thou hast not walked in the ways given him at Ramah, when he fought with of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the of Asa king of Judah,

son of Jehoram king of Judah went down 13 But hast walked in the way of the to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and because he was sick. the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whorl 7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was ing, like to the whoredoms of the house of of God by coming to Joram : for when he Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of was come, he went out with Jehoram thy father's house, which were better than against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the thyself:

LORD had anointed to cut off the house of 14 Behold, with a great plague will the Ahab. LORD smite thy people, and thy children, 8 And it came to pass, that when Jebu and thy wives, and all thy goods:

was executing judgment upon the house 15 And thou shalt have great sickness of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels and the sons of the brethren of Ahafall out by reason of the sickness day by ziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew day.

16 Moreover, the LORD stirred up! 9 And he sought Ahaziah : and they against Jehoram the spirit of the Philis-caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) tines, and of the Arabians, that were near and brought him to Jehu: and when they the Ethiopians:

had slain him, they buried him: Because, 17 And they came up into Judah, and said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, brake into it, and carried away all the sub- who sought the LORD with all his heart. stance that was found in the king's house, So the house of Ahaziah had no power to and his sons also, and his wives ; so that keep still the kingdom. there was never a son left him, save Jehoa- 10 But when Athaliah the mother of liaz the youngest of his sons.

| Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she 18 1 And after all this the LORD smote arose, and destroyed all the seed royal of him in his bowels with an incurable dis- the house of Judah. ease.

11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of 19 And it came to pass, that in process the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, of time, after the end of two years, his and stole him from among the king's sons bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: that were slain, and put him and his nurse so he died of sore diseases. And his peo- in a bed chamber. So Jehoshabeath, the ple made no burning for him, like the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jeburning of his fathers.

hoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of 20 Thirty and two years old was he Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that when he began to reign, and he reigned in she slew him not. Jerusalem eight years, and departed with- 12 And he was with them hid in the out being desired : howbeit they buried house of God six years: and Athaliah him in the city of David, but not in.the se- reigned over the land. pulchres of the kings.

CHAP. XXIII.
CHAP. XXII.

LAND in the seventh year Jehoiada AND the inhabitants of Jerusalem made A strengthened himself, and took the A Ahaziah his youngest son king in his captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of stead : for the band of men that came with Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, the Arabians to the camp had slain all the and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son king of Judah reigned.

of Zichri, into covenant with him. 2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah2 And they went about in Judah, and when he began to reign, and he reigned gathered the Levites out of all the cities of one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name Judah, and the chief of the fathers of Israel, also wons Athaliah the daughter of Omnri. Jand they came to Jerusalem.

3 He also walked in the ways of the 3 And all the congregation made a cohouse of Ahab: for his mother was his venant with the king in the house of God. counsellor to do wickedly.r

| And he said unto them, Behold, the king's 4 Wherefore he did evill in the sight of son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the Lord like the house of Ahab: for they the sons of David. were his counsellors, after the death of his 4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A father, to his destruction.

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