2 Chronicles 17 ©

Jehoshaphat, succeeding his father Asa, strengthens his kingdom, v. 1, etc. And because he feared God, he is blessed of God, 3. Destroys idolatry, 6. Causes his people everywhere to be instructed in the book of the law, 7. Is feared and honored by the nations roundabout, 10. The names of the commanders of his army, and the number of his men of war, 14.


AND Jehoshaphat hisa son reigned in his stead, and 1strengthened himself against Israel.


And he placed 2forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set 3garrisons in the land of Judah, and inb the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.


And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the 4first ways of his father David, and 5sought not unto Baalim;


But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not 6after the doings of Israel.


Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat 7presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.


And his heart 8was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the 9high places and groves out of Judah.


¶Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Ben-hail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, 10to teach in the cities of Judah.


And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.


And 11they 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.


¶And the 12fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.


Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, 13and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.


¶And Jehoshaphat waxed 14great exceedingly; and he built in Judah 15castles, and cities of store.


And he had 16much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.


And these are the 17numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.


And 18next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.


And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, 19who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.


And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.


And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.


These 20waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.