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Ward Green Version, 2003 American Standard Version, 1901
© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Draft Version
2Chronicles 20
1Now, it came about afterwards that the sons of Moab (`Moab' = `from father of the mother') and the sons of Ammon (`Ammon' = `tribal, inbred') and with them all the Ammonites came against Jehoshaphat (`Jehoshaphat' = `judged by Jehovah') in battle.

2So the report came to Jehoshaphat-- saying:
``A great crowd is coming against you from away from the Sea, from the highland of Aram or Syria. Look out, Hazezon-Tamar (`Hazezon-Tamar' = `division of palm tree')!! You too, Engedi (`Engedi' = `fountain of a kid, a kid being a young male goat')!!
3Now Jehoshaphat was afraid and so he turned to worshipping Jehovah, proclaiming a fast over all Judah.

4Judah (`Judah' = `celebrated, Jehudah') now gathered together to search for Jehovah. Yes, even from all of the cities of Judah they came to seek Jehovah.

5Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the company of Judah in Jerusalem at the house of Jehovah, to face the new court.

6He said: ``Jehovah God, Father: Are you not the Most Excellent of the heavens, ruler of all kingdoms of nations, your hand mighty and courageous? Not one can stand against you.

7``Did not you, as our God, succeed and take this land by reason of your people Israel, giving it to the seed of Abraham, your friend from of old?

8``So they have remained and they have built a sanctuary to your name, as a witness to you.

9``There will not come against us evil, by a sword of judgment, or a pestilence, or a famine. We rise up before this house and before you. Certainly your fame is on this house. We cry out to you from our troubles to hear and to be saved.

10``Now look! The sons of Ammon and Moab and the mountain of Seir (`Seir' = `rough') that were not given to Israel to come against as they came from Egypt, but they turned away from against them and did not destroy them.

11``See! They reward us by coming against us to drive us away from your possession that we enjoyed.

12``Will our God not punish them? Because we don't have any ability in the face of such a large crowd as this when it comes against us, and we don't know what to do as we look to you.''

13As all Judah stood before Jehovah they had also with them their little ones, women, and sons.

14So Jahaziel (`Jahaziel' = `beheld of God') son of Zechariah son of Benaiah ( = `Jah has built') son of Jehiel son of Mattaniah ( = `gift of Jah'), a Levite of the sons of Asaph ( = `collector'), came by Jehovah's spirit in the midst of the congregation 15to say:
``Hear this all of Judah as well as citizens of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat! Jehovah says it like this: Do not be afraid and don't be discouraged before this great crowd, because the fight is not yours-- but belongs to God. 16Tomorrow, descend upon them. Look! They ascend up to Tsits (`Tsits' = `bloom'), and they are going to come to the start of the torrent valley which fronts on Jeruel's (`Jeruel' = `founded of God') pastureland. 17You have no need to fight here-- keep standing and see Jehovah's victory along with the whole of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be disheartened that tomorrow you go to face them-- as Jehovah will be with you.
18At this Jehoshaphat bowed his head so that his nose touched the earth, and all of Judah and those dwelling in Jerusalem were accepted by Jehovah to worship Jehovah.

19Then the Levites out of the sons of Kohath and out of the sons of the Korahites rose and celebrated to Jehovah with a very loud sound.

20Beginning early on the morrow they went to the pasture of Tekoa, and as they went Jehoshaphat stopped, saying: ``Hear me, Judah and settlers of Jerusalem. Believe in Jehovah God and strengthen your faith in the prophets to press on.''

21When he had taken counsel among the people he set forth singers for Jehovah, for the purpose of giving praise and honour to the holy path, presenting to the front and saying: ``Thanks to Jehovah for his everlasting kind.''

22At the time that this joyful singing began by a shrill cry of praise Jehovah turned the ambushers, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and the mountain of Seir from battling Judah, and they stumbled.

23For the sons of Ammon and Moab now rose up to annihilate the inhabitants of the mountain of Seir. They destroyed them and, when they were finished with them, they turned and killed one another.

24When Judah came upon the watchtower of the pasture and looked for the crowd-- look! the dead carcasses were lying flat on the ground. Not one had escaped alive.

25Now Jehoshaphat and the people came to get their booty, and there was a great deal of property as well as corpses, and delightful things of great beauty. They got so much that they couldn't carry anymore, and it took three days to finish all their plundering, it was so much.

26On the fourth day they came to meet in the valley of Beracah in order to thank Jehovah and give honour to his name on the spot, the valley of Beracah to this day.

27They returned, all the mighty men of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat led them back into Jerusalem with rejoicing, this at the joy of Jehovah over their foes.

28So they came to Jerusalem, to the house of Jehovah, with lyres, harps, and trumpets!

29A great fear of God then came over all the kingdoms of earth as they learned of Jehovah's victory over the adversaries of Israel.

30And the realm of Jehoshaphat had peace, as God gave comfort everywhere.

31So Jehoshaphat ruled over Judah, ruling at Jerusalem from the age of thirty-five years, for a reign of twenty-five years. His mother's name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi.

32After the way of his father Asa he walked, not turning aside from it, but he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah.

33But the high places were not put away, and the people continued to be not right of heart towards their God and Father.

34The rest of the business of Jehoshaphat is written from beginning to end in the words of Jehu, the son of Hanani, which arise in the book of the Kings of Israel.

35Later on, Jehoshaphat King of Judah joined with Ahaziah (`Ahaziah' = `Jah has seized') for wrongdoing.

36Together they made ships to go to Tarshish while they built the ships in Ezion-geber (`Ezion-geber' = `backbone like of a man').

37Eliezer (`Eliezer' = `God of help') son of Dodavah (`Dodavah' = `love of Jah') of Mareshah (`Maresha' = `summit') prophesied against Jehoshaphat in these words:
``Because you joined with Ahaziah Jehovah shall break off this activity of yours.''
The ships were broken and did not hold out for the going to Tarshish.

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2Chronicles 20 1
And it came to pass after this, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them some of the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
2Chronicles 20 2
Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea from Syria; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (the same is En-gedi).
2Chronicles 20 3
And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek unto Jehovah; and he proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
2Chronicles 20 4
And Judah gathered themselves together, to seek [help] of Jehovah: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek Jehovah.
2Chronicles 20 5
And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of Jehovah, before the new court;
2Chronicles 20 6
and he said, O Jehovah, the God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and art not thou ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? and in thy hand is power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee.
2Chronicles 20 7
Didst not thou, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and give it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?
2Chronicles 20 8
And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,
2Chronicles 20 9
If evil come upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before thee, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, and thou wilt hear and save.
2Chronicles 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 aside from them, and destroyed them not;
2Chronicles 20 11
behold, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
2Chronicles 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 out eyes are upon thee.
2Chronicles 20 13
And all Judah stood before Jehovah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
2Chronicles 20 14
Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite, of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of Jehovah in the midst of the assembly;
2Chronicles 20 15
and he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat: Thus saith Jehovah unto you, Fear not ye, neither be dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God`s.
2Chronicles 20 16
To-morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the ascent of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the valley, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
2Chronicles 20 17
Ye shall not need to fight in this [battle]: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of Jehovah with you, O Judah and Jerusalem; fear not, nor be dismayed: to-morrow go out against them: for Jehovah is with you.
2Chronicles 20 18
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before Jehovah, worshipping Jehovah.
2Chronicles 20 19
And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites, stood up to praise Jehovah, the God of Israel, with an exceeding loud voice.
2Chronicles 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 Jehovah your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
2Chronicles 20 21
And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed them that should sing unto Jehovah, and give praise in holy array, as they went out before the army, and say, Give thanks unto Jehovah; for his lovingkindness [endureth] for ever.
2Chronicles 20 22
And when they began to sing and to praise, Jehovah set liers-in-wait against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, that were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
2Chronicles 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.
2Chronicles 20 24
And when Judah came to the watch-tower of the wilderness, they looked upon the multitude; and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and there were none that escaped.
2Chronicles 20 25
And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches and dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much.
2Chronicles 20 26
And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Beracah; for there they blessed Jehovah: therefore the name of that place was called The valley of Beracah unto this day.
2Chronicles 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 Jehovah had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
2Chronicles 20 28
And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of Jehovah.
2Chronicles 20 29
And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of the countries, when they heard that Jehovah fought against the enemies of Israel.
2Chronicles 20 30
So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet; for his God gave him rest round about.
2Chronicles 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.
2Chronicles 20 32
And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah.
2Chronicles 20 33
Howbeit the high places were not taken away; neither as yet had the people set their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
2Chronicles 20 34
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the history of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is inserted in the book of the kings of Israel.
2Chronicles 20 35
And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel; the same did very wickedly:
2Chronicles 20 36
and he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.
2Chronicles 20 37
Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, Jehovah hath destroyed thy works. And the ships were broken, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
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