He stationed troops in all the fortified cities1 of Judah and put garrisons in Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.23
The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David3 had followed. He did not consult the Baals
but sought4 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 gifts5 to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.66
His heart was devoted7 to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places8 and the Asherah poles9 from Judah.107
In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach11 in the towns of Judah.
With them were certain Levites12--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 Law13 of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.
The fear14 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 Arabs15 brought him flocks:16 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