And it cometh to pass after this, the sons of Moab have come
in, and the sons of Ammon, and with them of the peoples, against Jehoshaphat to
And they come in and declare to Jehoshaphat, saying, 'Come
against thee hath a great multitude from beyond the sea, from Aram, and lo,
they are in Hazezon-Tamar -- it is En-Gedi.'
And Jehoshaphat feareth, and setteth his face to seek to
Jehovah, and proclaimeth a fast over all Judah;
and Judah is gathered to inquire of Jehovah; also, from all
the cities of Judah they have come in to seek Jehovah.
And Jehoshaphat standeth in the assembly of Judah and
Jerusalem, in the house of Jehovah, at the front of the new court,
and saith, 'O Jehovah, God of our fathers, art not Thou --
God in the heavens? yea, Thou art ruling over all kingdoms of the nations, and
in Thy hand is power and might, and there is none with Thee to station
'Art not Thou our God? Thou hast dispossessed the
inhabitants of this land from before Thy people Israel, and dost give it to the
seed of Abraham Thy friend to the age,
and they dwell in it, and build to Thee in it a sanctuary
for Thy name, saying,
If evil doth come upon us -- sword, judgment, and
pestilence, and famine -- we stand before this house, and before Thee, for Thy
name is in this house, and cry unto Thee out of our distress, and Thou
dost hear and save.
'And now, lo, sons of Ammon, and Moab, and mount Seir, whom
Thou didst not grant to Israel to go in against in their coming out of the land
of Egypt, for they turned aside from off them and destroyed them not,
and lo, they are recompensing to us -- to come in to drive
us out of Thy possession, that Thou hast caused us to possess.
'O our God, dost Thou not execute judgment upon them? for there
is no power in us before this great multitude that hath come against us, and we
know not what we do, but on Thee are our eyes.'
And all Judah are standing before Jehovah, also their
infants, their wives, and their sons.
And upon Jahaziel, son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of
Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, the Levite, of the sons of Asaph, hath the Spirit of
Jehovah been, in the midst of the assembly,
and he saith, 'Attend, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and O king Jehoshaphat, Thus said Jehovah to you, Ye fear not, nor
are afraid of the face of this great multitude, for not for you is the
battle, but for God.
To-morrow, go ye down against them, lo, they are coming up
by the ascent of Ziz, and ye have found them in the end of the valley, the
front of the wilderness of Jeruel.
Not for you to fight in this; station yourselves, stand, and
see the salvation of Jehovah with you, O Judah and Jerusalem -- be not afraid
nor fear ye -- to-morrow go out before them, and Jehovah is with you.'
And Jehoshaphat boweth -- face to the earth -- and all Judah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem have fallen before Jehovah, to bow themselves
And the Levites, of the sons of the Kohathites, and of the
sons of the Korhites, rise to give praise to Jehovah, God of Israel, with a
loud voice on high.
And they rise early in the morning, and go out to the
wilderness of Tekoa, and in their going out Jehoshaphat hath stood and saith,
'Hear me, O Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem, remain stedfast in Jehovah
your God, and be stedfast; remain stedfast in His prophets, and prosper.'
And he taketh counsel with the people, and appointeth
singers to Jehovah, and those giving praise to the honour of holiness, in the
going out before the armed men, and saying, 'Give ye thanks to Jehovah,
for to the age is His kindness.'
And at the time they have begun with singing and praise,
Jehovah hath put ambushments against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir,
who are coming in to Judah, and they are smitten,
and the sons of Ammon stand up, and Moab, against the
inhabitants of mount Seir, to devote and to destroy, and at their finishing
with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped, a man against his neighbour, to
And Judah hath come in unto the watch-tower, to the wilderness,
and they look unto the multitude, and lo, they are carcases fallen to
the earth, and there is none escaped,
and Jehoshaphat cometh in, and his people, to seize their
spoil, and they find among them, in abundance, both goods and carcases, and
desirable vessels, and they take spoil to themselves without prohibition, and
they are three days seizing the spoil, for it is abundant.
And on the fourth day they have been assembled at the valley
of Blessing, for there they blessed Jehovah: therefore they have called the
name of that place, 'Valley of Blessing,' unto this day.
And they turn back, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and
Jehoshaphat at their head, to go back unto Jerusalem with joy, for Jehovah hath
made them rejoice over their enemies.
And they come in to Jerusalem with psalteries, and with
harps, and with trumpets, unto the house of Jehovah.
And there is a fear of God on all kingdoms of the lands in
their hearing that Jehovah hath fought with the enemies of Israel,
and the kingdom of Jehoshaphat is quiet, and his God giveth
rest to him round about.
And Jehoshaphat reigneth over Judah, a son of thirty and
five years in his reigning, and twenty and five years he hath reigned in
Jerusalem, and the name of his mother is Azubah daughter of Shilhi.
And he walketh in the way of his father Asa, and hath not
turned aside from it, to do that which is right in the eyes of Jehovah.
Only, the high places have not turned aside, and still the
people have not prepared their heart for the God of their fathers.
And the rest of the matters of Jehoshaphat, the first and
the last, lo, they are written among the matters of Jehu son of Hanani, who
hath been mentioned on the book of the kings of Israel.
And after this hath Jehoshaphat king of Judah joined himself
with Ahaziah king of Israel, (he did wickedly in so doing),
and he joineth him with himself to make ships to go to
Tarshish, and they make ships in Ezion-Geber,
and prophesy doth Eliezer son of Dodavah, of Mareshah,
against Jehoshaphat, saying, 'For thy joining thyself with Ahaziah, Jehovah
hath broken up thy works;' and the ships are broken, and have not retained power
to go unto Tarshish.