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2 Chronicles 20 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:1 - It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites,[fn] came to battle against Jehoshaphat.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:2 - Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria;[fn] and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi).

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:3 - And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:4 - So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:5 - Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:6 - and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:7 - Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:8 - “And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:9 - ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:10 - “And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them—

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:11 - “here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:12 - “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:13 - Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:14 - Then the Spirit of the LORD 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, in the midst of the assembly.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:15 - And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:16 - ‘Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:17 - ‘You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:18 - And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:19 - Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:20 - So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:21 - And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

“Praise the LORD,
For His mercy endures forever.”[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:22 - Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:23 - For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:24 - So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:25 - When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies,[fn] and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:26 - And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah[fn] until this day.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:27 - Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:28 - So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:29 - And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:30 - Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:31 - So Jehoshaphat was king over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:32 - And he walked in the way of his father Asa, and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:33 - Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to the God of their fathers.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:34 - Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:35 - After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:36 - And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 20:37 - But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
NKJV Footnotes
Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Septuagint reads Meunites (compare 26:7).
Following Masoretic Text, Septuagint, and Vulgate; some Hebrew manuscripts and Old Latin read Edom.
Compare Psalm 106:1
A few Hebrew manuscripts, Old Latin, and Vulgate read garments; Septuagint reads armor.
Literally Blessing

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