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2 Chronicles 17:13 ASV
And he had many works in the cities of Judah; and men of war, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 BBE
He had much property in the towns of Judah; he had forces of armed men, great and strong, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 CEB
and had many supplies in the cities of Judah. He also had an army of mighty warriors in Jerusalem,
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2 Chronicles 17:13 CJB
He had many projects in the cities of Y'hudah; and in Yerushalayim he had warriors, strong brave men.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 RHE
And he prepared many works in the cities of Juda: and he had warriors, and valiant men in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 ESV
and he had large supplies in the cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 GW
He had large supplies of food in the cities of Judah and an army of professional soldiers with him in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 GNT
where supplies were stored in huge amounts. In Jerusalem he stationed outstanding officers,
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2 Chronicles 17:13 HNV
He had many works in the cities of Yehudah; and men of war, mighty men of valor, in Yerushalayim.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 CSB
and carried out great works in the towns of Judah. He had fighting men, brave warriors, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 KJV
And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 LEB
And he had many supplies in the cities of Judah and mighty warriors for battle in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 NAS
He had large supplies in the cities of Judah, and warriors, valiant men, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 NCV
He kept many supplies in the towns of Judah, and he kept trained soldiers in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 NIRV
He had large supplies in the towns of Judah. In Jerusalem he kept men who knew how to fight well.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 NIV
and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 NKJV
He had much property in the cities of Judah; and the men of war, mighty men of valor, were in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 NLT
He stored numerous supplies in Judah's towns and stationed an army of seasoned troops at Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 NRS
He carried out great works in the cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty warriors, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 RSV
and he had great stores in the cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 DBY
And he had much business in the cities of Judah; and men of war, strong and valiant, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 MSG
He also had excellent fighting men stationed in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 WBT
And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valor, [were] in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 TMB
And he had much business in the cities of Judah; and the men of war, mighty men of valor, were in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 TNIV
and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 WEB
He had many works in the cities of Judah; and men of war, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17:13 WYC
and he made ready many works in the cities of Judah. Also men warriors and strong men were in Jerusalem; (and he had much work done in the cities of Judah. And there were men of war and strong men in Jerusalem;)
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2 Chronicles 17:13 YLT
and he hath much work in cities of Judah; and men of war, mighty of valour, [are] in Jerusalem.
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2 Chronicles 17 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 17

Jehoshaphat promotes religion in Judah, His prosperity.

- Jehoshaphat found his people generally very ignorant, and therefore endeavoured to have them well taught. The public teaching of the word of God forms, in all ages, the great method of promoting the power of godliness. Thereby the understanding is informed, the conscience is awakened and directed. We have a particular account of Jehoshaphat's prosperity. But it was not his formidable army that restrained the neighbouring nations from attempting any thing against Israel, but the fear of God which fell upon them, when Jehoshaphat reformed his country, and set up a preaching ministry in it. The ordinances of God are more the strength and safety of a kingdom, than soldiers and weapons of war. The Bible requires use to notice the hand of God in every event, yet this is little regarded. But let all employ the talents they have: be faithful, even in that which is little. Set up the worship of God in your houses. The charge of a family is important. Why should you not instruct them as Jehoshaphat did his subjects, in the book of the law of the Lord. But be consistent. Do not recommend one thing, and practise another. Begin with yourselves. Seek to the Lord God of Israel, then call upon children and servants to follow your example.

2 Chronicles 17 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 17

2 Chronicles 17:1-6 . JEHOSHAPHAT REIGNS WELL AND PROSPERS.

1. Jehoshaphat . . . strengthened himself against Israel--The temper and proceedings of the kings of Israel rendered it necessary for him to prepare vigorous measures of defense on the northern frontier of his kingdom. These consisted in filling all the fortresses with their full complement of troops and establishing military stations in various parts of the country, as well as in the cities of Mount Ephraim, which belonged to Jehoshaphat ( 2 Chronicles 15:8 ).

3-5. he walked in the first ways of his father David--He imitated the piety of his great ancestor in the early part of his reign before he made those unhappy lapses which dishonored his character.
and sought not unto Baalim--a term used for idols generally in contradistinction to the Lord God of his father.

4. and not after the doings of Israel--He observed with scrupulous fidelity, and employed his royal influence to support the divine institutions as enacted by Moses, abhorring that spurious and unlawful calf-worship that now formed the established religion in Israel. Being thus far removed, alike from gross idolatry and Israelitish apostasy, and adhering zealously to the requirements of the divine law, the blessing of God rested on his government. Ruling in the fear of God, and for the good of his subjects, "the Lord established the kingdom in his hand."

5. all Judah brought . . . presents--This was customary with the people generally at the beginning of a reign ( 1 Samuel 10:27 ), and with the nobles and high functionaries yearly afterwards. They were given in the form of voluntary offerings, to avoid the odious idea of a tax or tribute.

6. his heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord--Full of faith and piety, he possessed zeal and courage to undertake the reformation of manners, to suppress all the works and objects of idolatry and he held out public encouragement to the pure worship of God.

2 Chronicles 17:7-11 . HE SENDS LEVITES TO TEACH IN JUDAH.

7-11. Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, . . . to teach in the cities of Judah--The ordinary work of teaching devolved on the priests. But extraordinary commissioners were appointed, probably to ascertain whether the work had been done or neglected. This deputation of five princes, assisted by two priests and nine Levites, was to make a circuit of the towns in Judah. It is the first practical measure we read of as being adopted by any of the kings for the religious instruction of the people. Time and unbroken opportunities were afforded for carrying out fully this excellent plan of home education, for the kingdom enjoyed internal tranquillity as well as freedom for foreign wars. It is conformable to the pious style of the sacred historian to trace this profound peace to the "fear of the Lord having fallen on all kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah."

9. the book of the law--that is, either the whole Pentateuch or only the book of Deuteronomy, which contains an abridgment of it.

11. Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver--either they had been his tributaries, or they were desirous of securing his valuable friendship, and now made a voluntary offer of tribute. Perhaps they were the Philistines who had submitted to the yoke of David ( 2 Samuel 8:1 , Psalms 60:8 ).
the Arabians--the nomad tribes on the south of the Dead Sea, who, seeking the protection of Jehoshaphat after his conquest of Edom, paid their tribute in the way most suitable to their pastoral habits--the present of so many head of cattle.

2 Chronicles 17:12-19 . HIS GREATNESS, CAPTAINS, AND ARMIES.

14. these are the numbers--The warriors were arranged in the army according to their fathers houses. The army of Jehoshaphat, commanded by five great generals and consisting of five unequal divisions, comprised one million one hundred and sixty thousand men, without including those who garrisoned the fortresses. No monarch, since the time of Solomon, equalled Jehoshaphat in the extent of his revenue, in the strength of his fortifications, and in the number of his troops.