It came to pass after this also
After Jehoshaphat's return from Ramothgilead, and putting the civil and religious affairs of his people on a better footing, when he might have expected much peace and prosperity:
that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon;
both the descendants of Lot, see ( Psalms 83:8 ) ,
and with them other besides the Ammonites;
a great company of Arabians, according to Josephus F18; or "with the Meamonites", which the Targum understands of the Idumaeans or Edomites; and so do other interpreters, and which they conclude from ( 2 Chronicles 20:10 2 Chronicles 20:22 2 Chronicles 20:23 ) . Jarchi thinks the Amalekites are meant, who were of the race of Edom; but the notion of Kimchi seems best, that these are the people that are so called from the name of a place, Meon, and, by an inversion of letters, the same with the Meunim or Maonites, mentioned along with the Zidonians and Amalekites, ( Judges 10:12 ) and whom the Septuagint version here calls Minaeans; some F19 take them to be such who counterfeited the Ammonites in their apparel and gestures:
these came against Jehoshaphat in battle;
being instigated perhaps by the Syrians, who owed him ill will for assisting Ahab against them at Ramothgilead; for from that quarter they came, as the following verse shows.
F18 Antiqu. l. 9. c. 1. sect. 2.
F19 Weemse of the Moral Law, l. 2. c. 6. p. 161.