Jehoshaphat his son succeeded him as king and strengthened1 himself against Israel.
He stationed troops in all the fortified cities2 of Judah and put garrisons in Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.33
The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David4 had followed. He did not consult the Baals
but sought5 the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.
The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts6 to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.76
His heart was devoted8 to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places9 and the Asherah poles10 from Judah.117
In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach12 in the towns of Judah.
With them were certain Levites13--Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah--and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law14 of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.
The fear15 of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war with Jehoshaphat.
Some Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and silver as tribute, and the Arabs16 brought him flocks:17 seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred goats.
Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah
and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.
Their enrollment18 by families was as follows: From Judah, commanders of units of 1,000: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 fighting men;
next, Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000;
next, Amasiah son of Zicri, who volunteered19 himself for the service of the LORD, with 200,000.
From Benjamin:20 Eliada, a valiant soldier, with 200,000 men armed with bows and shields;
next, Jehozabad, with 180,000 men armed for battle.
These were the men who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities21 throughout Judah.22