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1Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely to his house in Jerusalem. 2And Jehu the son of Hanani #1 Sam. 9:91 Kin. 16:12 Chr. 20:34the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and #Ps. 139:21love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the #2 Chr. 32:25wrath of the Lord is upon you. 3Nevertheless #2 Chr. 17:4good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have #2 Chr. 30:19prepared your heart to seek God.”
The Reforms of Jehoshaphat
4So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord God of their #2 Chr. 15:8–13fathers. 5Then he set #(Deut. 16:18–20)judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, 6and said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for #(Lev. 19:15Deut. 1:17)Ps. 58:1you do not judge for man but for the Lord, #Ps. 82:1(Eccl. 5:8)who is with you in the judgment. 7Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for #(Gen. 18:25Deut. 32:4)Rom. 9:17there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no #(Deut. 10:17Job 34:19)Acts 10:34Rom. 2:11Gal. 2:6(Eph. 6:9Col. 3:25)partiality, nor taking of bribes.”
8Moreover in Jerusalem, for the judgment of the Lord and for controversies, Jehoshaphat #Deut. 16:182 Chr. 17:8appointed some of the Levites and priests, and some of the chief fathers of Israel, when they returned to Jerusalem. 9And he commanded them, saying, “Thus you shall act #(2 Sam. 23:3)in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and with a loyal heart: 10#Deut. 17:8Whatever case comes to you from your brethren who dwell in their cities, whether of bloodshed or offenses against law or commandment, against statutes or ordinances, you shall warn them, lest they trespass against the Lord and #Num. 16:46wrath come upon #(Ezek. 3:18)you and your brethren. Do this, and you will not be guilty. 11And take notice: #Ezra 7:3Amariah the chief priest is over you #1 Chr. 26:30in all matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king’s matters; also the Levites will be officials before you. Behave courageously, and the Lord will be #(2 Chr. 15:2|NoBook| 20:17)with the good.”
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