2 Chronicles 20
1 And it happened after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, along with
others besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.
2 And some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, A great multitude is coming
against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar (which is En
3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set his face to seek Jehovah, and proclaimed a fast
throughout all Judah.
4 So Judah gathered together to seek the face of Jehovah; and from all the cities of Judah
they came to seek the face of Jehovah.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of
Jehovah, before the new court,
6 and said: O Jehovah the 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?
7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people
Israel, and gave it to the seed of Abraham Your friend forever?
8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying,
9 If evil comes upon us; sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine; we will stand before this
house and before Your face (for Your name is in this house), and cry out to You in our
affliction, and You will hear and save.
10 And now, behold, the sons 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 aside from them
and have not destroyed them.
11 Behold, they are rewarding us by coming to drive us out of Your possession which
You have given us to inherit.
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
13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, were standing
14 Then the Spirit of Jehovah 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.
15 And he said, Give attention, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, O King Jehoshaphat. Thus says Jehovah to you: Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's.
16 Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they are coming up by the ascent of Ziz,
and you shall find them at the end of the valley before the wilderness of Jeruel.
17 You shall not fight in this battle. Station yourselves, stand your ground and see the
salvation of Jehovah for you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear or be dismayed;
tomorrow go out before them, for Jehovah is with you.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before Jehovah to prostrate themselves before Jehovah.
19 And the Levites of the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites stood up
to praise Jehovah the God of Israel with loud voices on high.
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, Listen to me, O Judah and you inhabitants of
Jerusalem: Trust in Jehovah your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets,
and you shall prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing unto
Jehovah, and who should praise the glory of holiness, as they went out before the army
and were saying: Give thanks unto Jehovah, for His mercy is eternal.
22 And when they began to cry out in songs of praise, Jehovah set ambushes against the
sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were
23 For the sons 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.
24 So when Judah had come to the lookout point at the wilderness, they looked toward
the multitude; and behold, the corpses, fallen to the earth. No one had escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to plunder the spoils, they found among
them an abundance of property on the corpses, with precious jewelry, which they stripped
off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days plundering
the spoils because there was so much.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed
Jehovah; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah to this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat at the head
of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy; for Jehovah had made them rejoice over their
28 So they came to Jerusalem, with lutes and harps and trumpets, to the house of
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of the lands when they heard that
Jehovah had fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.
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.
32 And he walked in the way of his father Asa, and did not turn aside from it, to do what
was right in the eyes of Jehovah.
33 Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not fixed
their hearts to the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold they are written in the
book of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is brought up in the book of the kings of Israel.
35 After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah had made an alliance with Ahaziah king of Israel,
who acted very wickedly.
36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the
ships in Ezion Geber.
37 But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying,
Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, Jehovah has broken your works. And the
ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.