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 faith1 in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.2"
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of hisa holiness3 as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever."422
As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes5 against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
The men of Ammon6 and Moab rose up against the men from Mount Seir7 to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.824
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.
On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, where they praised the LORD. This is why it is called the Valley of Beracahc to this day.
Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the LORD had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies.
They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the LORD with harps and lutes and trumpets.
The fear9 of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the LORD had fought10 against the enemies of Israel.
And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest11 on every side.