He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged1 because of this vast army. For the battle2 is not yours, but God's.
Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel.
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see3 the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.' "
Jehoshaphat bowed4 with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.
Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith5 in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.6"
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of hisa holiness7 as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever."822
As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes9 against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
The men of Ammon10 and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir11 to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.1224
When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped.
So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothingb and also articles of value--more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.