2 Chronicles 17 The Message Bible

Jehoshaphat's Kingdom Established

17 1  Asa's son Jehoshaphat was the next king; he started out by working on his defense system against Israel. 2  He put troops in all the fortress cities of Judah and deployed garrisons throughout Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured. 3  God was on Jehoshaphat's side because he stuck to the ways of his father Asa's early years. He didn't fool around with the popular Baal religion - 4  he was a seeker and follower of the God of his father and was obedient to him; he wasn't like Israel. 5  And God secured the kingdom under his rule, gave him a firm grip on it. And everyone in Judah showed their appreciation by bringing gifts. Jehoshaphat ended up very rich and much honored. 6  He was single-minded in following God; and he got rid of the local sex-and-religion shrines. 7  In the third year of his reign he sent his officials - excellent men, every one of them - Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah on a teaching mission to the cities of Judah. 8  They were accompanied by Levites - Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-Adonijah; the priests Elishama and Jehoram were also in the company. 9  They made a circuit of the towns of Judah, teaching the people and using the Book of The Revelation of God as their text.

10  There was a strong sense of the fear of God in all the kingdoms around Judah - they didn't dare go to war against Jehoshaphat. 11  Some Philistines even brought gifts and a load of silver to Jehoshaphat, and the desert bedouin brought flocks - 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats. 12  So Jehoshaphat became stronger by the day, and constructed more and more forts and store-cities - an age of prosperity for Judah! 13  He also had excellent fighting men stationed in Jerusalem. 14  The captains of the military units of Judah, classified according to families, were: Captain Adnah with 300,000 soldiers; 15  his associate Captain Jehohanan with 280,000; 16  his associate Amasiah son of Zicri, a volunteer for God, with 200,000. 17  Officer Eliada represented Benjamin with 200,000 fully equipped with bow and shield; 18  and his associate was Jehozabad with 180,000 armed and ready for battle. 19  These were under the direct command of the king; in addition there were the troops assigned to the fortress cities spread all over Judah.


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