Jehoshaphat becomes king of Judah. He sends out teachers of the faith. The nation grows strong.
VERSE 1. Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel.
VERSE 2. 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.
VERSE 3. The LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and didn’t seek the Baals,
didn’t seek the Baals. Jehoshaphat is an unusual king. He is exclusively loyal to the One God of Israel.
VERSE 4. but sought the God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not in the ways of Israel.
not in the ways of Israel. That is, not an idolator.
VERSE 5. Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand. All Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance.
VERSE 6. His heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD. Furthermore, he took away the high places and the Asherah poles out of Judah.
he took away the high places. Jehoshaphat destroyed the altars to other gods.
VERSE 7. Also in the third year of his reign he sent his princes, even Ben Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah;
to teach in the cities. These community leaders are sent as teachers of the faith.
VERSE 8. and with them Levites, even Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.
VERSE 9. They taught in Judah, having the book of the LORD’s law with them. They went about throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
They taught in Judah. King Jehoshaphat sends his leaders and Levites throughout his nation. They are to teach people the faith.
People always need teaching in the faith.
having the book of the LORD’s law with them. The leaders and Levites did not teach mere man-made religious traditions.
Rather, they taught the faith from the Bible.
VERSE 10. The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
VERSE 11. Some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver for tribute. The Arabians also brought him flocks: seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.
VERSE 12. Jehoshaphat grew great exceedingly; and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.
VERSE 13. He had many works in the cities of Judah; and men of war, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
VERSE 14. This was the numbering of them according to their fathers’ houses: From Judah, the captains of thousands: Adnah the captain, and with him three hundred thousand mighty men of valor;
three hundred thousand mighty men of valor. Captain Adnah commands an army of 300,000 great warriors.
two hundred eighty thousand. Captain Jehohanan commands an army of 280,000.
VERSE 16. and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to the LORD, and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.
two hundred thousand mighty men of valor. Amasiah commands an army of 200,000.
VERSE 17. From Benjamin: Eliada, a mighty man of valor, and with him two hundred thousand armed with bow and shield;
two hundred thousand armed with bow and shield. Eliada commands an army of 200,000 armed men.
VERSE 18. and next to him Jehozabad, and with him one hundred eighty thousand ready and prepared for war.
one hundred eighty thousand. Jehozabad commands an army of 180,000 men.
VERSE 19. These were those who waited on the king, in addition to those whom the king put in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.
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