The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David1 had followed. He did not consult the Baals
but sought2 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 gifts3 to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.46
His heart was devoted5 to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places6 and the Asherah poles7 from Judah.87
In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach9 in the towns of Judah.
With them were certain Levites10--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 Law11 of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.