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2 Chronicles 20:1-18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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War against Eastern Enemies

1 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites, together with some of the Meunites,a came [to fight] against Jehoshaphat. 2 People came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast multitude from beyond the Dead Sea and from Edomb has come [to fight] against you; they are already in Hazazon-tamar" (that is, En-gedi). 3 Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he resolved to seek the Lord. So he proclaimed a fast for all Judah, 4 who gathered to seek the Lord. They even came from all the cities of Judah to seek Him.

Jehoshaphat's Prayer

5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the Lord's temple before the new courtyard. 6 He said: Lord God of our ancestors, are You not the God who is in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can stand against You. 7 Are You not our God who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and who gave it forever to the descendants of Abrahamc Your friend?d 8 They have lived in the land and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name and have said, 9 "If disaster comes on us-sword or judgment, pestilence or famine-we will stand before this temple and before You, for Your name is in this temple. We will cry out to You because of our distress, and You will hear and deliver." 10 Now here are the Ammonites, Moabites, and [the inhabitants of] Mount Seir. You did not let Israel invade them when Israel came out of the land of Egypt, but Israel turned away from them and did not destroy them.e 11 Look how they repay us by coming to drive us out of Your possession that You gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast multitude that comes [to fight] against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to You.f

God's Answer

13 All Judah was standing before the Lord with their infants, their wives, and their children. 14 In the midst of the congregation, the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel (son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite from Asaph's descendants), 15 and he said, "Listen carefully, all Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. This is what the Lord says: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's.g 16 Tomorrow, go down against them. You will see them coming up the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley facing the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You do not have to fight this [battle]. Position yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.h [He is] with you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged.i Tomorrow, go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.' " 18 Then Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord to worship Him.
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