1Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself
2He 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.
3Yahweh was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked
in the first ways of his father David, and didn’t seek the Baals,
sought to the God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not
after the doings of Israel.
5Therefore Yahweh established the kingdom in
his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat tribute; and he had riches and
honor in abundance.
6His heart was lifted up in the ways of Yahweh: and
furthermore he took away the high places and the Asherim out of Judah.
7Also in the third year of his reign he sent his princes, even Ben Hail,
and Obadiah, and Zechariah, and Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities
8and with them the Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and
Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and
Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram,
9They taught in Judah, having the book of the law of Yahweh
with them; and they went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught
among the people.
10The fear of Yahweh fell on all the kingdoms of the
lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against
11Some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and
silver for tribute; the Arabians also brought him flocks, seven thousand and
seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred male goats.
12Jehoshaphat grew great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles and
cities of store.
13He had many works in the cities of Judah; and men of
war, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
14This was the numbering of them
according to their fathers’ houses: Of Judah, the captains of thousands:
Adnah the captain, and with him mighty men of valor three hundred thousand;
15and next to him Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred eighty
16and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly
offered himself to Yahweh; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of
17Of Benjamin: Eliada a mighty man of valor, and with him two
hundred thousand armed with bow and shield;
18and next to him Jehozabad
and with him one hundred eighty thousand ready prepared for war.
were those who waited on the king, besides those whom the king put in the
fortified cities throughout all Judah.