1And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.
2And he placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.
3And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
4But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
5Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat tribute; and he had riches and honor in abundance.
6And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and idol poles out of Judah.
7Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his leaders, even to Ben-hail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethanel, and to Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
8And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
9And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.
10And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
11Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred male goats.
12And Jehoshaphat grew great exceedingly; and he built in Judah fortresses, and storage cities.
13And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valor, were in Jerusalem.
14And these are the numbers of them according to their father's houses: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the captain, and with him mighty men of valor three hundred thousand.
15And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.
16And next to him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.
17And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valor, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
18And next to him was Jehozabad, and with him a hundred and fourscore thousand prepared for war.
19These served the king, besides those whom the king put in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.
Commentaries for 2 Chronicles 17:0