It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of
Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to
Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude
against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in
Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast
throughout all Judah.
And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all
the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of
the LORD, before the new court,
And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not
thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and
might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy
people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name,
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgement, or pestilence, or famine, we
stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry
unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest
not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from
them, and destroyed them not;
Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which
thou hast given us to inherit.
O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great
company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon
And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their
Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the
son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the
midst of the congregation;
And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king
Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this
great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye
shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see
the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed;
to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the
Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa:
and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye
inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and
that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to
say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the
children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir,
utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of
Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the
multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none
And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found
among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which
they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three
days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for
there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The
valley of Berachah, unto this day.
Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the
forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to
rejoice over their enemies.
And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of
And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard
that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began
to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s
name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that
which was right in the sight of the LORD.
Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared
their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written
in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of
And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of
Israel, who did very wickedly:
And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the
ships in Eziongaber.
Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying,
Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the
ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.