[Biblein52weeks-en] Bible in 52 Weeks: 2 Chr 16-20 Day: 283
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II Chronicles 16:1: In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
II Chronicles 16:2: Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord and of the king's house, and sent to Benâhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
II Chronicles 16:3: There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.
II Chronicles 16:4: And Benâhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelâmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
II Chronicles 16:5: And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
II Chronicles 16:6: Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
II Chronicles 16:7: 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.
II Chronicles 16:8: Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand.
II Chronicles 16:9: 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.
II Chronicles 16:10: Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
II Chronicles 16:11: And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
II Chronicles 16:12: And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.
II Chronicles 16:13: And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
II Chronicles 16:14: And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.
II Chronicles 17:1: And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel.
II Chronicles 17:2: 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.
II Chronicles 17:3: And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
II Chronicles 17:4: But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
II Chronicles 17:5: Therefore the Lord stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.
II Chronicles 17:6: And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
II Chronicles 17:7: Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benâhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
II Chronicles 17:8: And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobâadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
II Chronicles 17:9: 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.
II Chronicles 17:10: 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.
II Chronicles 17:11: 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.
II Chronicles 17:12: And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.
II Chronicles 17:13: And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
II Chronicles 17:14: 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.
II Chronicles 17:15: And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.
II Chronicles 17:16: 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.
II Chronicles 17:17: And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
II Chronicles 17:18: And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
II Chronicles 17:19: These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
II Chronicles 18:1: Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.
II Chronicles 18:2: 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 Ramothâgilead.
II Chronicles 18:3: And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothâgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.
II Chronicles 18:4: And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.
II Chronicles 18:5: Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothâgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
II Chronicles 18:6: But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him?
II Chronicles 18:7: And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
II Chronicles 18:8: And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
II Chronicles 18:9: And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
II Chronicles 18:10: And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the Lord, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed.
II Chronicles 18:11: And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothâgilead, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
II Chronicles 18:12: 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.
II Chronicles 18:13: And Micaiah said, As the Lord liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.
II Chronicles 18:14: And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothâgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand.
II Chronicles 18:15: 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 Lord?
II Chronicles 18:16: 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 them return therefore every man to his house in peace.
II Chronicles 18:17: And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
II Chronicles 18:18: 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.
II Chronicles 18:19: And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothâgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
II Chronicles 18:20: Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith?
II Chronicles 18:21: 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.
II Chronicles 18:22: Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.
II Chronicles 18:23: Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?
II Chronicles 18:24: And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
II Chronicles 18:25: 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;
II Chronicles 18:26: And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in peace.
II Chronicles 18:27: And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the Lord spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.
II Chronicles 18:28: So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothâgilead.
II Chronicles 18:29: And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, 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.
II Chronicles 18:30: Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel.
II Chronicles 18:31: And it came to pass, when the captains 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 depart from him.
II Chronicles 18:32: 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.
II Chronicles 18:33: 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.
II Chronicles 18:34: And the battle increased that day: 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.
II Chronicles 19:1: And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.
II Chronicles 19:2: And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.
II Chronicles 19:3: Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.
II Chronicles 19:4: And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beerâsheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the Lord God of their fathers.
II Chronicles 19:5: And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,
II Chronicles 19:6: And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment.
II Chronicles 19:7: 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.
II Chronicles 19:8: Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the Lord, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.
II Chronicles 19:9: And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
II Chronicles 19:10: And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the Lord, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.
II Chronicles 19:11: And, behold, 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.
II Chronicles 20:1: It 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.
II Chronicles 20:2: Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazonâtamar, which is Enâgedi.
II Chronicles 20:3: And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
II Chronicles 20:4: And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.
II Chronicles 20:5: And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,
II Chronicles 20:6: 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? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
II Chronicles 20:7: 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?
II Chronicles 20:8: And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
II Chronicles 20:9: 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.
II Chronicles 20:10: 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;
II Chronicles 20:11: Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
II Chronicles 20:12: O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
II Chronicles 20:13: And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
II Chronicles 20:14: Then 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, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation;
II Chronicles 20:15: And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
II Chronicles 20:16: 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.
II Chronicles 20:17: 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 Lord will be with you.
II Chronicles 20:18: And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.
II Chronicles 20:19: And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
II Chronicles 20:20: 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.
II Chronicles 20:21: And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
II Chronicles 20:22: 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.
II Chronicles 20:23: For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
II Chronicles 20:24: And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
II Chronicles 20:25: And when Jehoshaphat and 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.
II Chronicles 20:26: And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
II Chronicles 20:27: 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 Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
II Chronicles 20:28: And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord.
II Chronicles 20:29: And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.
II Chronicles 20:30: So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
II Chronicles 20:31: 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.
II Chronicles 20:32: 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 Lord.
II Chronicles 20:33: Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
II Chronicles 20:34: Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
II Chronicles 20:35: And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
II Chronicles 20:36: And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezionâgeber.
II Chronicles 20:37: Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against 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.
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