God forces Judah's enemies to kill each other
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 battle.
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.
Some messengers came to Jehoshaphat and said to him,
A large multitude is coming to attack Judah.
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a
fast throughout all Judah.
This frightened Jehoshaphat, so he proclaimed a fast throughout 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,
He gathered everyone in Judah together.
Then he said to God,
Oh God, aren't you God in heaven?
Don't you rule over the heathen?
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?
Aren't you super powerful?
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
Didn't you drive out the inhabitants of this land and give it to the seed of your friend, Abraham?
And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, 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
Didn't you say you'd help us if we came to your house and asked you?
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.
Well, there are many people that are attacking us now, so we need your help.
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 thee.
We don't know what to do, but our eyes are on on you.
And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives,
and their children.
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
Then the spirit of God came 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),
who said to everyone in Judah,
This is what God says:
Don't be afraid of this great multitude.
This isn't your fight; it's 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
Tomorrow, go to cliff of Ziz, by the end of the brook, just 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 won't need to fight.
Just stand still and see the salvation of God.
Don't be afraid. God is 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.
Jehoshaphat bowed his face to the ground in front of God.
Then everyone in Judah did likewise.
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
And the Levites sang God's praise 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.
Early the next morning, everyone in Judah went to the wilderness of Tekoa.
Jehoshaphat stood up and said,
Believe in God and his prophets, and you'll 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.
Then he appointed singers to praise God's beauty and holiness.
He then commanded the singers to say,
Praise God, for his mercy lasts forever.
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 smitten.
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.
When they began to sing, God forced children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir to kill each other. [1
24 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 escaped.
When the people of Judah went up in the watch tower [2
], they saw nothing but dead bodies.
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
Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah stripped riches and precious jewels from the dead bodies.
It took them three days to gather the spoil, and they still couldn't carry it all away.
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.
On the fourth day, they gathered together and blessed God.
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.
Everyone returned to Jerusalem with great joy, since God had made them rejoice over their enemies.
And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the
house of the LORD.
They played harps and blew trumpets in God's house.
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
And all the surrounding kingdoms feared God, when they heard that God fought against the enemies of Israel.
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.
Jehoshaphat was like his father Asa, who did right in God's sight.
Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared
their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
But he didn't take away the high places.
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 Israel.
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.
But later Jehoshaphat joined with Israel's wicked king Ahaziah.
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.
And Eliezer prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying,
Because you joined with Ahaziah, God has broken your stuff.
And Jehoshaphat's ships were broken.