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heard it, that he left off building of R mah, and let his work cease. 6 Then Asa the king took all Judah ; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, where with Baasha was building, and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah. 7 's And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lu. bims a huge host, with very many charints and horsemen yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into tiline hand. 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. 10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison-house ; for he ous in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the le the same time. 11 T And behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, intil his disease oras exceeding great : yet in his disease he sought not to the Lo R p, but to the physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth reign. 14 And they buried him in his own sep-'. hkhres which he had made for hims&lf in the city of David, and laid him in the o bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of sfices prepared by the apothecaries art: and they made a very great burning for him. CHAP. XVII. 1 Jehoshafthat reigneth well, and firos


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5 Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand ; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance. 6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lon D : moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah. 7 || Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Ben-hail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah. 8 And with them he sent Levites, even, Shenaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adojah, and Tobijah, and Top-adonijah, Levites ; and with them Filshawla and Jehor:tm, priests. 9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the Lok D with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people. 10 *, And the fear of the Lo R D fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphrat. 11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred hegoats. 12 of And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly ; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store. 13 And he had much business in the cities of Judo.h : and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem. 14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand. 15 And next to him ova's Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand. 16 And next him orgs Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the Lok D ; and with him two hun

foreth. 7 IIe sendeth Levites to teach dred thousand mighty men of valour.

Judah. 12 His greatness, caftains, and armies. A” Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel. 2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraiu', witch Asa his father had taken. 3 And the Lok D was with JehoiaIoat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto 34aim ; 4 out sought to the LORD God of his fther, and woked in its convinancinic. Its, *** ** after the doing, cf Israel.

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2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ram .."; 3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead 2 And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people ; and we will be with thee in the war. 4 || And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to-day. 5. Therefore the king of Israel gathercred together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear 2 ...And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand. 6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might inquire of him 2 7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire of the Lord : but I hate him; for he never prophesieth good unto me, but always .#


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Thus saith the Lon D. With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed. 11 And all the prophets o So, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper : for the LoRD shall deliver it into the hand of the king. 12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and speak thou good. 13 And Micaiah said, .As the Lord liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak. 14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall wo goto Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forBear? And he said, Goye up, and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand. 15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the Lok D f

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Micaiah's firofthecy. 16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LoRD said, These have no master; let thcm return therefore every man to his house in peace. 17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, l\id I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil? 18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the Lord ; I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. 19 And the Lof D said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead 2 And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner. 20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lok D, and said, I will And the LoRD said unto him, Where with ? 21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out and do even so. 22 Now therefore, behold, the Lorn hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy so and the Lond hath spoken evil against thee. 23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the spirit of the Lok D from me to speak unto thee? 24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. 25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son ; 26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this follow in the prison, and feed him, with bread of affliction and with water cf affliction, until 1 return in peace. 27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the Lord spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, til ye people: 28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehosllaphat, I will disguise myself, and will go to the battle ; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle. S0 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that

overe with him, saying, Fight ye not with

small or great, save only with the king of Israel.

31 And it came to pass, when the cap

tains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LoRD helped him; and God moved them to de/art from him. 32 For it came to pass, that when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him. 33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot-man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.

Jehoshafthat visiteth his kingdom. CHAP. x1 x, xx.

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howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself,

up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even : and about the time of the sun going down he died. CHAP. XIX. 1 Jehoshafthat visiteth his kingdom. 5 His instructions to the judges. A” 1) Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the unly, and love them that hate the Lord? erefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord. 3 Nevertheless, there are good things d in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God. 4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the Lon D God of their fathers. * 5 * And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,

6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lond, who is with you in the judgment. - 7. Wherefore now let the fear of the LoRD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. 8 over. in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the riests, and of the chief of the fathers of srael, for the judgment of the Lord, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem. 9 And he cha them, saying, Thus shallye do in the fear of the LöRd, faithy, and with a perfect heart. 10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between ławandcommandment, statutes alos

He firoclaimeth a fast. 385

ments, yeshall even warn them that they trespass not against the Lor D, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and yeshall not trespass. 11 Andbehold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the Lord ; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. . Deal courageously, and the LoRD shall be with the good. CHAP. XX. 1 Jehoshafthat froclaimeth a fast. 5 His frayer. 22. The overthrow of his enemics. 31. His reign. . I. 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. o 2 Then there came some that told Je

hoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great

multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and behold, they be in Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi. 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Loop, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask helf of the Lon D : even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seck the Lor D. 5 || And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new Court, 6 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 2 and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thce : 7 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 for ever ? 8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee, a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 9 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 help. 10 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 ; 11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. 12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this

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great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. 13 And all Judah stood before the LoR D, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 * Then upon Jehaziel 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 ; 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lon D unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude ; for the battle is not yours, but God's. 16 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 of Jeruel. 17 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 Lo R D will be with you. 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lon D, worshipping the Lon D. 19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lond God of Israel with a loud voice on high. 20 || 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. 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LoR D, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Low D ; for

his mercy endureth for ever.

22 "I 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.

23. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Scir, utterly to slay and destroy them : and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

24 And when Judah came toward the watch-tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and behold, they overe dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

Johoshafthat's reign. 25 And when Jehoshaphatand 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 so much. 26 || And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LoR D : there. fore the name of the same place was called., The valley of Berachall, unto this day. 27. 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 Lond had made them to rejoice over their enemics. 28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lon D. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countrics, when they had heard that the LoRD fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quict: for his God gave him rest round about. 31 | And Jehoshaphat 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. 32 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 Lon D. 33 Howbeit, the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers. 34 Now the rest cf the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the scii of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel. 35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: 36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-goer. 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshallprophesiedagainst 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. CHAP. XXI. 1 Johorani succeedeth Jehosha/hat. 5 His 7, icked reign. 18. His incurable discase, infamous deuth, and burial. OVW Johoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehorala his son reigned in his stead,

Joram's wicked reign. 2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah : all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 3 And their father gave them great ifts of silver, and of .. and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah : but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram ; because he way the first-born. 4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kinglom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel. 5 * Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. 6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab : for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord. 7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever. 8 * In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king. 9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him : and he rose up by night, and smote the Fdomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots. 10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the LoRD God of his fathers. 11 Moreover, he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto. 12 || And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, 13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoro like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which overe better than thyself: 14 Behold, with a i. plague will the Los D. Smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy o: 15. And thou shatt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels i. out by reason of the sickness day by ay.

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gainst Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the Ethiopians: 17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz the youngest of his sons. 18 "I And after all this the Lon D smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease. 19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his

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so he died of spre diseases. And his peole made no burning for him, like the urning of his fathers. 20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired: howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings. CHAP. XXII. 1.4haziah succeeding, reigneth wickedly. 5 He is slain by Jehu. 10 Athaliah, destroying all the seed royal, save Joash, ustarfieth the kingdom. ND the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead : for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned, 2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also mors Athaliah the daughter of Omri. 3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab : for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly. 4. Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LoRD like the house of Ahab : for they were his counsellors, after the death of his father, to his destruction. 5 *[He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead: and the Syrians smote Joram. 6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria. . And, Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was sick. 7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab, 8 And it came to pass, that when Jehu was executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judalr,

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