22:44 (22:45) Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel.
22:45 The rest of the events of Jehoshaphat’s reign, including his successes and military exploits, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 1 22:46 He removed from the land any male cultic prostitutes who had managed to survive the reign of his father Asa. 2 22:47 There was no king in Edom at this time; a governor ruled. 22:48 Jehoshaphat built a fleet of large merchant ships 3 to travel to Ophir for gold, but they never made the voyage because they were shipwrecked in Ezion Geber. 22:49 Then Ahaziah son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Let my sailors join yours in the fleet,” 4 but Jehoshaphat refused.
22:51 In the seventeenth year of King Jehoshaphat’s reign over Judah, Ahab’s son Ahaziah became king over Israel in Samaria. 7 He ruled for two years over Israel. 22:52 He did evil in the sight of 8 the Lord and followed in the footsteps 9 of his father and mother; like Jeroboam son of Nebat, he encouraged Israel to sin. 10 22:53 He worshiped and bowed down to Baal, 11 angering the Lord God of Israel just as his father had done. 12
1 tn Heb “As for the rest of the events of Jehoshaphat, and his strength that he demonstrated and how he fought, are they not written on the scroll of the events of the days of the kings of Judah?”
2 tn Heb “and the rest of the male cultic prostitutes who were left in the days of Asa his father, he burned from the land.” Some understand the verb בִּעֵר (bi’er) to mean “sweep away” here rather than “burn.” See the note at 1 Kgs 14:10.
sn Despite Asa’s opposition to these male cultic prostitutes (see 1 Kgs 15:12) some of them had managed to remain in the land. Jehoshaphat finished what his father had started.
3 tn Heb “a fleet of Tarshish [ships].” This probably refers to large ships either made in or capable of traveling to the distant western port of Tarshish.
4 tn Heb “Let my servants go with your servants in the fleet.”
5 tn Heb “lay down with his fathers.”
6 tn Heb “with his fathers in the city of his father.”
8 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
9 tn Or “way.”
10 tn Heb “and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam son of Nebat who made Israel sin.”
11 tn Heb “he served Baal and bowed down to him.”
12 tn Heb “according to all which his father had done.”