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.11