2 Chronicles 20

2 Chronicles 20

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24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, there were dead bodies lying on the ground for as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.

25 King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing,* and other valuables--more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all!1

26 On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing,* which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the LORD there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today.2

27 Then they returned to Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat leading them, full of joy that the LORD had given them victory over their enemies.

28 They marched into Jerusalem to the music of harps, lyres, and trumpets and proceeded to the Temple of the LORD.

29 When the surrounding kingdoms heard that the LORD himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them.

30 So Jehoshaphat's kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

31 So Jehoshaphat ruled over the land of Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi.

32 Jehoshaphat was a good king, following the ways of his father, Asa. He did what was pleasing in the LORD's sight.

33 During his reign, however, he failed to remove all the pagan shrines, and the people never fully committed themselves to following the God of their ancestors.

34 The rest of the events of Jehoshaphat's reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in [The Record of Jehu Son of Hanani,] which is included in [The Book of the Kings of Israel.]

35 But near the end of his life, King Jehoshaphat of Judah made an alliance with King Ahaziah of Israel, who was a very wicked man.*3

36 Together they built a fleet of trading ships* at the port of Ezion-geber.4

37 Then Eliezer son of Dodavahu from Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat. He said, "Because you have allied yourself with King Ahaziah, the LORD will destroy your work." So the ships met with disaster and never put out to sea.*5

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1: As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Latin Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts read corpses.

2: Hebrew valley of Beracah.

3: Or who made him do what was wrong.

4: Hebrew fleet of ships that could go to Tarshish.

5: Hebrew never set sail for Tarshish.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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