Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother's name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi.
In everything he followed the ways of his father Asa1 and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD. The high places,2 however, were not removed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel.
As for the other events of Jehoshaphat's reign, the things he achieved and his military exploits, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
He rid the land of the rest of the male shrine prostitutes3 who remained there even after the reign of his father Asa.
There was then no king4 in Edom; a provincial governor ruled.
Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading shipsa5 to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail--they were wrecked at Ezion Geber.649
At that time Ahaziah son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, "Let my men sail with yours," but Jehoshaphat refused.
Then Jehoshaphat rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of David his father. And Jehoram his son succeeded him as king.