2 Chronicles 17 New American Standard Bible

Jehoshaphat's Kingdom Established

17 Jehoshaphat his son then became king in his place , and made his position over Israel firm . 2  He placed troops 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 captured . 3  The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David's earlier days and did not seek the Baals , 4  but sought the God of his father , followed His commandments , and did not act as Israel did . 5  So the Lord established the kingdom in his control , and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat , and he had great riches and honor . 6  He took great pride e in the ways of the Lord and again removed the high places and the Asherim from Judah . 7  Then in the third year of his reign he sent his officials , Ben-hail , Obadiah , Zechariah , Nethanel and Micaiah , to teach in the cities of Judah ; 8  and with them the Levites , Shemaiah , Nethaniah , Zebadiah , Asahel , Shemiramoth , Jehonathan , Adonijah , Tobijah and Tobadonijah , the Levites ; and with them Elishama and Jehoram , the priests . 9  They taught in Judah , having the book of the law of the Lord with them; and they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people .

10  Now the dread of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of the lands which were around Judah , so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat . 11  Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat ; the Arabians also brought him flocks , 7,700 e e e rams and 7,700 e e e male goats . 12  So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater , and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah . 13  He had large supplies in the cities of Judah , and warriors , valiant e men , in Jerusalem . 14  This was their muster according to their fathers' households : of Judah , commanders of thousands , Adnah was the commander , and with him 300,000 e e valiant warriors ; 15  and next e to him was Johanan the commander , and with him 280,000 e e ; 16  and next e to him Amasiah the son of Zichri , who volunteered for the Lord , and with him 200,000 e valiant warriors ; 17  and of Benjamin , Eliada a valiant warrior , and with him 200,000 e armed with bow and shield ; 18  and next e to him Jehozabad , and with him 180,000 e e equipped for war . 19  These are they who served the king , apart from those whom the king put in the fortified cities through all Judah .

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