1 aJehoshaphat his son then became king in his place, and made his position over Israel firm.
2 He placed troops in all athe fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim bwhich Asa his father had captured.
3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he 1followed the example of his father David’s earlier days and did not seek the Baals,
4 but sought the God of his father, 1followed His commandments, aand did not act as Israel did.
5 So the Lord established the kingdom in his 1control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and ahe had great riches and honor.
6 1He took great pride in the ways of the Lord and again aremoved 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, ato teach in the cities of Judah;
8 and with them athe 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 athe 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 athe 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 abrought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat; the Arabians also brought him flocks, 7,700 rams and 7,700 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 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 valiant warriors;
15 and next to him was Johanan the commander, and with him 280,000;
16 and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, awho volunteered for the Lord, and with him 200,000 valiant warriors;
17 and of Benjamin, Eliada a valiant warrior, and with him 200,000 armed with bow and shield;
18 and next to him Jehozabad, and with him 180,000 equipped for war.
19 These are they who served the king, apart from athose whom the king put in the fortified cities through all Judah.
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