After this, the Moabites1 and Ammonites with some of the Meunitesa2 came to make war on Jehoshaphat.
Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army3 is coming against you from Edom,b from the other side of the Sea.c It is already in Hazazon Tamar4" (that is, En Gedi).53
Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast6 for all Judah.
The people of Judah7 came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard
and said: "O LORD, God of our fathers,8 are you not the God who is in heaven?9 You rule over all the kingdoms10 of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.117
O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land12 before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?138
They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary14 for your Name, saying,
'If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine,15 we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'
"But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt;16 so they turned away from them and did not destroy them.
See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession17 you gave us as an inheritance.
O our God, will you not judge them?18 For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.19"
All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD.
Then the Spirit20 of the LORD came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah,21 a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.
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 discouraged22 because of this vast army. For the battle23 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 see24 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 bowed25 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 faith26 in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.27"
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of hisd holiness28 as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever."29