2 Chronicles 20
Moab and Ammon Are Defeated
- 1 Some time later, the armies of Moab and Ammon, together with the Meunites,
went to war against Jehoshaphat. 2 Messengers told Jehoshaphat, A large
army from Edom east of the Dead Sea has invaded our country. They have already
3 Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he asked
the Lord what to do. He then told the people of Judah to go without eating
to show their sorrow. 4 They immediately left for Jerusalem to ask for the
5 After everyone from Judah and Jerusalem had come
together at the Lords temple, Jehoshaphat stood in front of the new
courtyard 6 and prayed:
- You, Lord, are the God our ancestors worshiped,
and from heaven you rule every nation in the world. You are so powerful that
no one can defeat you. 7 Our God, you forced out the nations who lived in
this land before your people Israel came here, and you gave it to the descendants
of your friend Abraham forever. 8 Our ancestors lived in this land and built
a temple to honor you. 9 They believed that whenever this land is struck by
war or disease or famine, your people can pray to you at the temple, and you
will hear their prayer and save them.
10 You can see that the armies of Ammon, Moab, and
Edom are attacking us! Those are the nations you would not let our ancestors
invade on their way from Egypt, so these nations were not destroyed. 11 Now
they are coming to take back the land you gave us. 12 Arent you going
to punish them? We wont stand a chance when this army attacks. We dont
know what to dowe are begging for your help.
- 13 While every man, woman, and child of Judah was
standing there at the temple, 14 the Lords Spirit suddenly spoke to
Jahaziel, a Levite from the Asaph clan. 15 Then Jahaziel said:
- Your Majesty and everyone from Judah and Jerusalem,
the Lord says that you dont need to be afraid or let this powerful army
discourage you. God will fight on your side! 16 So heres what you must
do. Tomorrow the enemy armies will march through the desert around the town
of Jeruel. March down and meet them at the town of Ziz as they come up the
valley. 17 You wont even have to fight. Just take your positions and
watch the Lord rescue you from your enemy. Dont be afraid. Just do as
youre told. And as you march out tomorrow, the Lord will be there with
- 18 Jehoshaphat bowed low to the ground and everyone
worshiped the Lord. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohath and Korah clans stood
up and shouted praises to the Lord God of Israel.
20 Early the next morning, as everyone got ready to
leave for the desert near Tekoa, Jehoshaphat stood up and said, Listen
my friends, if we trust the Lord God and believe what these prophets have
told us, the Lord will help us, and we will be successful. 21 Then he
explained his plan and appointed men to march in front of the army and praise
the Lord for his holy power by singing:
Praise the Lord!
His love never ends.
22 As soon as they began singing, the Lord confused
the enemy camp, 23 so that the Ammonite and Moabite troops attacked and completely
destroyed those from Edom. Then they turned against each other and fought
until the entire camp was wiped out!
24 When Judahs army reached the tower that overlooked
the desert, they saw that every soldier in the enemys army was lying
dead on the ground. 25 So Jehoshaphat and his troops went into the camp to
carry away everything of value. They found a large herd of livestock, a lot
of equipment, clothes, and other valuable things. It took them three days
to carry it all away, and there was still some left over.
26 Then on the fourth day, everyone came together
in Beracah Valley and sang praises to the Lord. Thats why that place
was called Praise Valley.
27 Jehoshaphat led the crowd back to Jerusalem. And
as they marched, they played harps and blew trumpets. They were very happy
because the Lord had given them victory over their enemies, so when they reached
the city, they went straight to the temple.
29 When the other nations heard how the Lord had fought
against Judahs enemies, they were too afraid 30 to invade Judah. The
Lord let Jehoshaphats kingdom be at peace.
(1 Kings 22.41-50)
31 Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years
old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled from Jerusalem
for twenty-five years. His mother was Azubah daughter of Shilhi.
32 Jehoshaphat obeyed the Lord, just as his father Asa had done,
33 but he did not destroy the local shrines. So the people still
worshiped foreign gods, instead of faithfully serving the God
their ancestors had worshiped.
34 Everything else Jehoshaphat did while
he was king is written in the records of Jehu son of Hanani that
are included in The History of the Kings of Israel.
35 While Jehoshaphat was king, he signed
a peace treaty with Ahaziah the wicked king of Israel. 36 They
agreed to build several seagoing ships at Ezion-Geber. 37 But
the prophet Eliezer warned Jehoshaphat, The Lord will destroy
these ships because you have supported Ahaziah. The ships
were wrecked and never sailed.
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