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.2
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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
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but sought4 the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.
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The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts5 to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.6
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His heart was devoted7 to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places8 and the Asherah poles9 from Judah.10
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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.
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With them were certain Levites12--Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah--and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
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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.
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The fear14 of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war with Jehoshaphat.
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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.
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Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah