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people that he had with him, and †. him to go up with him to {amoth-gilead. 3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will"ie" with thee" in the War. 4 *|| And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, d I pray o at the word of the LORD totläY. 5 Therefore the king of Israel Fathered together of prophets four aundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And e 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 2 hesides, that we might inquire of lim : 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 f 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. 8 And the king of Israel called for one of his 3 officers, and said, 4 ;" quickly Micaiah the son of fl.

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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 7 assent; leth thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and speak thou good.

13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even i what my God saith, that will I speak.

14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Poio to battle, or shall I forbear ! And he said, Go ye * and prosper, and


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3.11(1. 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 ! 16. Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered k upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd : and the LORD said, These have no master; l let them return therefore every man to his house in peace. 17 (And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, 8 but evil? 18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the Lord ; I saw m the IORD sitting upon his throne, and all the hosts n of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. 19. And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead And One spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner. 20. Then there came out a spirit, o and stood before the LoRD, and said, I will entice p him. 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 LORD hath put g a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil r

, against thee.

23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote s Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from fine to speak unto thee? 24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go 9 into 10 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 t fellow in the prison, an feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in peace. 27 And Micaiah said, If w thou certainly return in peace, then v hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people. 28 So the king of Israel, and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 29 And the king# Israel said unto


Ahab slain. Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, owii oo to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. , So w the kin of Israel disguised himself; an they went to the battle. 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. And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they comassed about him to fight: but Jeloshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped a him; and God moved them to depart from him. 32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the o: of israel, they turned back again from 11 pursuing him. And a certain man drew a bow 12 at a venture, and smote the kin of Israel between the joints 13 o the harness: therefore he said to his chariot-man, Turn thine hand, that thou o, carry me out of the host; for I am 14 wounded. 34 And the battle increased that day : howbeit the *...* Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even; and about the time of the Sun going down he died. CHAPTER XIX. * * Jehoshaphat, reproved by Jehu, visiteth his kingdom. Aş. Jehoshaphat the king of fo Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani a the seer went out to meet him, and

said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest ryū

thou help the *ś and love b them that hate the LORD? therefore c is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. 3 Nevertheless there are good d things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared e thine heart to seek God. 4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he 1 went out again through theÉ. from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers. 5 of And he set judges f in the land o: all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do : for 9 ye judge not for man, but for the Lord,h who is with you in the 2 o: 7. Wherefore now, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed


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Jehoshaphat's policy. and do it: for there is no iniquity i with the LORD our God, nor respect k of persons, nor taking of gifts. 8 o Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, l 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. 9 And he charged them, saying Thus shall ye do in the fear m of the LORD, faithfully, 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 law and com: mandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warm n them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath o come upon you, and upon your brethren : this do, and ye shall not trespass. 11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters p of the LORD ; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the Îlevites shallie officers be: fore you. 3 Deal courageously, and the LORD q shall be with the good.

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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. 5 of 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 e and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms fos the heathen 7 and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that mone is able to withstand thee 7 7 Art not thou our God, 2 who didst drive g out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, Jehoshaphat's prayer.


and gavest it to the seed h of Abraham thy friend i for ever? 8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, 9 If, k when evil cometh upon us, as the Sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, l (for thy name m 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 n iet Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they o turned from them, and destroyed them not; 11 Behold I say, how they reward us, to p, 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 great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes q are upon thee. 13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives and their children. 14"| Then r 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 Spirits of the LORD in the midst of the congregation ; 15 And he said, earken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Bet not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not your's, but God's. 16 To-morrow go ye down against them : behold, they come up by the 3 cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the 4 brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand u }. 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 v the LORD will be with you. 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed w his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fella before the LoRD, worshipping the LORD. 19 And the Levites of the children of the Kohathites, and of Zhe children of the Korhites, st60d up to praise y the LORD God of Israel with a loud z voice on high. . 20 T And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa : and as they

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2 CHRONICLES, XX. Ammon and Moab smitten.

went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and ah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem'; Believe a 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 b, unto the LORD, and 5 that should praise the beauty c of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise d the LORD ; e for his mercy endureth for

eVer. 22*. And 6 when they began 7 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 8 were smitten. 23 Forf the children of Ammon

and Moab stood up against the in. habitants of mount Seir, utterly to 2 CHRONICLES, XXI.

slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped 9 to destroy another.

24 And when Judah came toward the watch-tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead g bodies fallen to the earth, and 10 none escaped.

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 h was so III


Col. 26 "I And on the fourth day they

assembled themselves in the valley

of 11 Berachah ; for , there they

blessed the LORD : therefore the

name of the same place was called,

The valley of Berachah, unto this 3.

27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the 12 forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy: for i the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies. And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets, unto the house of the LORD. 29 And the fear k of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LoRD *ht against the enemies of lsTael. 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for l his God gave him rest round about. . 31 T.And m Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five

Jehoram's reign.

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 LORD. 33 Howbeit n the high places were not taken away : for as yet the people had not prepared o their hearts unto the God of their fathers. 34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the 13 book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who 14 is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel. 35 "I And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: 36 And p he joined himself with laim to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-gaber. 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying,... Because q 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 'I'arshish.r CHAPTER XXI.

Jehoram succeeding Jehoshaphat, slayeth his brethren. No." Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried

with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead. 2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, fill chariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah : all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious thines, with fenced cities in Judah : but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram ; b because he was the first-born. 4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened liimself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and jivers also of the princes of Israel. 5 of Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jeru


6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab : for che had the daughter of Ahab to wife : and he wrought

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IEdom and Libnah revolt.

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 1 light d to him and to his sons for ever. 8 *|| In his days the Edomites revolted from under the 2 dominion of Judah,and made themselves a king. Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him : and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites 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, e and compelled Judah thereto. 2 *| 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 § 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 fa whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, g and also hast slain h thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better than thyself: 14 Behold, with a great 3 plague will the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods : 15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels, i until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by day. 16 of Moreover the LORD stirred up k against 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 4 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 5 Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons. 18's And after all this the LORD smote l 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 bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sole


Ahaznah's wicked reign. 2 CHRONICLES, XXII, XXIII.

diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning m 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 6 being m desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings. DHAP'I'ER XXII. 1 Ahaziah reigneth wickedly : 5. He is slain by Jehu. ND the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah a his youngest son king in his stead : for the pand 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 was Athaliah b the daughter of Omri. 3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab : for his mother C 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 d after the death of his father to his destruction. 5 T He walked e also after their counsel, and went, with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at IRamoth-gilead : and the Syrians smote Joram. 6 Andf he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds 1 which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria. And 2 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 3 destruction of Ahaziah was g of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come, he h 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 i executing judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found k the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slew

them. 9 And l he sought Ahaziah : and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu ; and when they had slain him, they buried him : Because, m said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who nsought the LORD with

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all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom. 10 off But 0 when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah. 11 But Jehoshabeath, p the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bed-chamber. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not. 12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land. • "ER XXIII. Jehoiada restoreth the worship of

A*. in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself. and took the captains of hundreds Azariah the son of Jeroham, an Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Moon. seiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him. 2 And they went about in Judah and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem. 3 And all the congregation made a covenant b with the king in the house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king's son shal, reign, as the LORD hath said c of the sons of David. 4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you d entering on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of the 1 doors; 5 And a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third part at the gate of the foundation ; and all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the LORD. 6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests, and they e that minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep i. watch of the LORD. 7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into f the house, he shall be put to death: but be you with the king when he comethin, and when he goeth out.

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