Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah
1Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself against Israel. 2He placed forces in all the #See ch. 11:5 fortified cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim #ch. 15:8that Asa his father had captured. 3The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, 4but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, #[1 Kgs. 12:28]and not according to the practices of Israel. 5Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand. And all Judah #[ch. 32:23] brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, #ch. 18:1and he had great riches and honor. 6His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. And furthermore, #[ch. 15:17; 20:33; 1 Kgs. 22:43]he took the high places and the Asherim out of Judah.
7In the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, #See ch. 35:3to teach in the cities of Judah; 8#ch. 19:8and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with these Levites, the priests Elishama and Jehoram. 9And #[See ver. 7 above]they taught in Judah, having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
10 # ch. 14:14; 20:29 And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat. 11Some of the Philistines #[ch. 26:8; 2 Sam. 8:2]brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver for tribute, and the Arabians also brought him 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats. 12And Jehoshaphat grew steadily greater. He built in Judah fortresses and store cities, 13and he had large supplies in the cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem. 14This was the muster of them by fathers’ houses: Of Judah, the commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 mighty men of valor; 15and next to him Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000; 16and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, #Judg. 5:2, 9; Neh. 11:2a volunteer for the service of the Lord, with 200,000 mighty men of valor. 17Of Benjamin: Eliada, a mighty man of valor, with 200,000 men #[1 Chr. 12:2]armed with bow and shield; 18and next to him Jehozabad with 180,000 armed for war. 19These were in the service of the king, besides #ver. 2those whom the king had placed in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.