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2 Chronicles 17 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Judah’s King Jehoshaphat
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His son Jehoshaphat became king in his place and strengthened himself against Israel.

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He stationed troops in every fortified city of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.

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Now the LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in the former ways of his father David.[fn] He did not seek the Baals

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but sought the God of his father and walked by his commands, not according to the practices of Israel.

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So the LORD established the kingdom in his hand. Then all Judah brought him tribute, and he had riches and honor in abundance.

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His mind rejoiced in the LORD’s ways, and he again removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

Jehoshaphat’s Educational Plan
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In the third year of his reign, Jehoshaphat sent his officials ​— ​Ben-hail,[fn] Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah ​— ​to teach in the cities of Judah.

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The Levites with them were Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah,[fn] Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah; the priests, Elishama and Jehoram, were with these Levites.

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They taught throughout Judah, having the book of the LORD’s instruction with them. They went throughout the towns of Judah and taught the people.

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The terror of the LORD was on all the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah, so they didn’t fight against Jehoshaphat.

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Some of the Philistines also brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and the Arabs brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.

Jehoshaphat’s Military Might
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Jehoshaphat grew stronger and stronger. He built fortresses and storage cities in Judah

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and carried out great works in the towns of Judah. He had fighting men, valiant warriors, in Jerusalem.

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These are their numbers according to their ancestral families.[fn] For Judah, the commanders of thousands:

Adnah the commander and three hundred thousand valiant warriors with him;

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next to him, Jehohanan the commander and two hundred eighty thousand with him;

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next to him, Amasiah son of Zichri, the volunteer of the LORD, and two hundred thousand valiant warriors with him;

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from Benjamin, Eliada, a valiant warrior, and two hundred thousand with him armed with bow and shield;

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next to him, Jehozabad and one hundred eighty thousand with him equipped for war.

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These were the ones who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.

CSB Footnotes
Some Hb mss, LXX omit David
= Son of Power
Some Hb mss, Syr, Tg, Arabic read Zechariah
Lit the house of their fathers

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