and he said to them, “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the . He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case.
Fear the and judge with integrity, for the our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes.”
In Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests and clan leaders in Israel to serve as judges for cases involving the ’s regulations and for civil disputes.
References for 2 Chronicles 19:8
These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the , with faithfulness and an undivided heart.
Whenever a case comes to you from fellow citizens in an outlying town, whether a murder case or some other violation of God’s laws, commands, decrees, or regulations, you must warn them not to sin against the , so that he will not be angry with you and them. Do this and you will not be guilty.
“Amariah the high priest will have final say in all cases involving the . Zebadiah son of Ishmael, a leader from the tribe of Judah, will have final say in all civil cases. The Levites will assist you in making sure that justice is served. Take courage as you fulfill your duties, and may the be with those who do what is right.”