2 Chronicles 17 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Asa's son Jehoshaphat was the next king; he started out by working on his defense system against Israel. 1 Jehoshaphat his son succeeded him as king and strengthened himself against Israel.
2 He put troops in all the fortress cities of Judah and deployed garrisons throughout Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured. 2 He stationed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah and put garrisons in Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.
3 God was on Jehoshaphat's side because he stuck to the ways of his father Asa's early years. He didn't fool around with the popular Baal religion - 3 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David had followed. He did not consult the Baals
4 he was a seeker and follower of the God of his father and was obedient to him; he wasn't like Israel. 4 but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel.
5 And God secured the kingdom under his rule, gave him a firm grip on it. And everyone in Judah showed their appreciation by bringing gifts. Jehoshaphat ended up very rich and much honored. 5 The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.
6 He was single-minded in following God; and he got rid of the local sex-and-religion shrines. 6 His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.
7 In the third year of his reign he sent his officials - excellent men, every one of them - Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah on a teaching mission to the cities of Judah. 7 In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah.
8 They were accompanied by Levites - Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-Adonijah; the priests Elishama and Jehoram were also in the company. 8 With them were certain Levites--Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah--and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
9 They made a circuit of the towns of Judah, teaching the people and using the Book of The Revelation of God as their text. 9 They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law of the LORD; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.
10 There was a strong sense of the fear of God in all the kingdoms around Judah - they didn't dare go to war against Jehoshaphat. 10 The fear of the LORD fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not make war with Jehoshaphat.
11 Some Philistines even brought gifts and a load of silver to Jehoshaphat, and the desert bedouin brought flocks - 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats. 11 Some Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and silver as tribute, and the Arabs brought him flocks: seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred goats.
12 So Jehoshaphat became stronger by the day, and constructed more and more forts and store-cities - an age of prosperity for Judah! 12 Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah
13 He also had excellent fighting men stationed in Jerusalem. 13 and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.
14 The captains of the military units of Judah, classified according to families, were: Captain Adnah with 300,000 soldiers; 14 Their enrollment by families was as follows: From Judah, commanders of units of 1,000: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 fighting men;
15 his associate Captain Jehohanan with 280,000; 15 next, Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000;
16 his associate Amasiah son of Zicri, a volunteer for God, with 200,000. 16 next, Amasiah son of Zicri, who volunteered himself for the service of the LORD, with 200,000.
17 Officer Eliada represented Benjamin with 200,000 fully equipped with bow and shield; 17 From Benjamin: Eliada, a valiant soldier, with 200,000 men armed with bows and shields;
18 and his associate was Jehozabad with 180,000 armed and ready for battle. 18 next, Jehozabad, with 180,000 men armed for battle.
19 These were under the direct command of the king; in addition there were the troops assigned to the fortress cities spread all over Judah. 19 These were the men who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities throughout Judah.