his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel.
He placed forces
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
The LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and didn't seek the Baals,
but sought to the God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not in the ways of Israel.
Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand. All Judah
to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance.
was lifted up in the ways of The LORD. Furthermore, he took away the high places and the Asherah
poles out of Judah.
Also in the third year of his reign he sent his princes, even Ben Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah;
and with them the Levites, even Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama
and Jehoram, the priests.
They taught in Judah, having the book of The LORD's law with them. They went about throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
Some of the Philistines
brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver
for tribute. The Arabians also brought him flocks, seven
thousand seven hundred rams, and seven thousand seven hundred male goats.
Jehoshaphat grew great exceedingly; and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.
He had many works in the cities of Judah; and men of war, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
This was the numbering of them according to their fathers' houses: From Judah, the captains of thousands: Adnah
the captain, and with him three hundred thousand mighty men of valor;
and next to him Jehohanan
the captain, and with him two hundred eighty thousand;
and next to him Amasiah
the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself to The LORD, and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valor.
From Benjamin: Eliada, a mighty man of valor, and with him two hundred thousand armed with bow and shield;
and next to him Jehozabad, and with him one hundred eighty thousand ready and prepared for war.
These were those who waited on the king, besides those whom the king put in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.