Now the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah were sitting on their respective thrones, dressed in their royal robes, at the threshing floor at 1 the entrance of the gate of Samaria. All the prophets were prophesying before them.
Messengers 1 arrived and reported to Jehoshaphat, “A huge army is attacking you from the other side of the Dead Sea, 2 from the direction of Edom. 3 Look, they are in Hazezon Tamar (that is, En Gedi).”
He said: “Pay attention, all you people of Judah, 1 residents of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Don’t be afraid and don’t panic 2 because of this huge army! For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Eliezer son of Dodavahu from Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, “Because 1 you made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will shatter what you have made.” The ships were wrecked and unable to go to sea. 2
Jehoram 1 received this letter from Elijah the prophet: “This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: ‘You 2 have not followed in the footsteps 3 of your father Jehoshaphat and of 4 King Asa of Judah,
He sent 1 this message to King Jehoshaphat of Judah: “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you fight with me against Moab?” Jehoshaphat 2 replied, “I will join you in the campaign; my army and horses are at your disposal.” 3
Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king and he reigned for twenty-five years in Jerusalem. 1 His mother was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.
Some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat tribute, including a load of silver. The Arabs brought him 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats from their flocks.
Then I will gather all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. 1 I will enter into judgment 2 against them there concerning my people Israel who are my inheritance, 3 whom they scattered among the nations. They partitioned my land,
King Ahab of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to attack Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I will support you; my army is at your disposal and will support you in battle.” 1
the prophet 1 Jehu son of Hanani confronted him; 2 he said to King Jehoshaphat, “Is it right to help the wicked and be an ally of those who oppose the Lord? 3 Because you have done this the Lord is angry with you! 4
Early the next morning they marched out to the Desert of Tekoa. When they were ready to march, Jehoshaphat stood up and said: “Listen to me, you people of Judah 1 and residents of Jerusalem! Trust in the Lord your God and you will be safe! 2 Trust in the message of his prophets and you will win.”
Jehoshaphat and his men 1 went to gather the plunder; they found a huge amount of supplies, clothing 2 and valuable items. They carried away everything they could. 3 There was so much plunder, it took them three days to haul it off. 4
Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king and he reigned for twenty-five years in Jerusalem. 1 His mother was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.
He looked for Ahaziah, who was captured while hiding in Samaria. 1 They brought him to Jehu and then executed him. They did give him a burial, for they reasoned, 2 “He is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with his whole heart.” There was no one in Ahaziah’s family strong enough to rule in his place. 3
King Jehoash of Judah collected all the sacred items that his ancestors Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, kings of Judah, had consecrated, as well as his own sacred items and all the gold that could be found in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and the royal palace. He sent it all 1 to King Hazael of Syria, who then withdrew 2 from Jerusalem.
and after several years 1 went down to visit 2 Ahab in Samaria. 3 Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle to honor Jehoshaphat and those who came with him. 4 He persuaded him to join in an attack 5 against Ramoth Gilead.
He removed from the land any male cultic prostitutes who had managed to survive the reign of his father Asa. 1
These were the ones who served the king, besides those whom the king placed in the fortified cities throughout Judah.