1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.
1 Asa's son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king, and he consolidated his authority over Israel
1 Jehoshaphat his son then became king [of Judah] in Asa’s place, and strengthened his position over 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 Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.
2 by placing troops in all of the fortified citadels through Judah and by establishing garrisons throughout the land of Judah and in the cities that his father Asa had captured.
2 He placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which his father Asa had captured.
3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
3 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example set during his ancestor David's preliminary years by not pursuing the Baals.
4 But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
4 Instead, Jehoshaphat sought the God of his ancestors and obeyed his commands, unlike Israel.
4 but sought the God of his father, and walked in (obeyed) His commandments, and did not act as Israel did.
5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.
5 Therefore the LORD secured Jehoshaphat's kingdom under his control, with all of Judah paying him tribute, and Jehoshaphat became very wealthy and greatly respected.
5 Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great wealth and honor.
6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
6 He remained committed to following the LORD, and he removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.
6 His heart was encouraged and he took great pride in the ways of the Lord; moreover, he again removed the high places [of pagan worship] and the Asherim from Judah.
7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
7 During the third year of his reign, Jehoshaphat sent his officials Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah to teach throughout the cities of Judah.
7 Then in the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah;
8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
8 They were accompanied by the descendants of Levi, including Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah. These descendants of Levi were accompanied by the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
8 and with them were the Levites—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with them the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.
9 They taught throughout Judah from a copy of the Book of the Law of the LORD that they took with them as they passed through all the cities of Judah, teaching among all the people.
9 They taught in Judah having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them; they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.
10 Because they were afraid of the LORD, none of the kingdoms of the lands that surrounded Judah dared go to war against Jehoshaphat.
10 Now the dread of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.
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 he goats.
11 Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and Arabians brought him flocks of 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.
11 Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat; the Arabians also brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.
12 So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.
12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.
12 As a result, Jehoshaphat grew more and more powerful, and built up fortresses and storage centers throughout Judah.
12 So Jehoshaphat became greater and greater. He built fortresses and storage cities in Judah.
13 He had large supplies in the cities of Judah, and warriors, valiant men, in Jerusalem.
13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
13 and carried out great works in the towns of Judah. He had fighting men, brave warriors, in Jerusalem.
13 He placed a large amount of supplies into storage throughout the cities of Judah and stationed soldiers all of them valiant men in Jerusalem.
13 He had large supplies in the cities of Judah, and soldiers, courageous men, in Jerusalem.
14 This was their muster according to their fathers’ households: of Judah, commanders of thousands, Adnah was the commander, and with him 300,000 valiant warriors;
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.
14 These are their numbers according to their ancestral families. For Judah, the commanders of thousands:Adnah the commander and 300,000 brave warriors with him;
14 Here's how they were mustered, listed according to their ancestral houses and listed by commanders of thousands: Adnah commanded 300,000 elite forces.
14 This was the number of them by their fathers’ (ancestors’) households: of Judah, the commanders of thousands, Adnah the commander, and with him 300,000 courageous men;
15 and next to him was Johanan the commander, and with him 280,000;
15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.
15 next to him, Jehohanan the commander and 280,000 with him;
15 Near him was Johanan, commander of 280,000
15 and next to him was Jehohanan the commander, and with him 280,000;
16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.
16 and next to him was Zichri's son Amasiah, who had volunteered to serve the LORD. He commanded 200,000 elite forces.
16 and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, who volunteered for the Lord, and with him 200,000 courageous men;
17 and of Benjamin, Eliada a valiant warrior, and with him 200,000 armed with bow and shield;
17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
17 from Benjamin, Eliada, a brave warrior, and 200,000 with him armed with bow and shield;
17 There was also Eliada from Benjamin, himself a valiant soldier. He was accompanied by 200,000 expert archers bearing shields.
17 and of Benjamin: Eliada, a brave man, and with him 200,000 men armed with bow and shield;
18 and next to him Jehozabad, and with him 180,000 equipped for war.
18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
18 next to him, Jehozabad and 180,000 with him equipped for war.
18 Near him was Jehozabad, who was accompanied by 180,000 soldiers equipped for warfare.
18 and next to him was Jehozabad, and with him 180,000 armed and ready for military service.
19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
19 These men served the king, and there were others whom the king garrisoned inside fortified cities throughout all of Judah.
19 These are the ones who were in the service of the king, besides those he had placed in fortified cities throughout Judah.
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