2 Chronicles 17:3

3 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals

Read 2 Chronicles 17:3 Using Other Translations

And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
The LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals,
The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father’s early years and did not worship the images of Baal.

What does 2 Chronicles 17:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Chronicles 17:3

And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat
Guiding and directing, prospering and succeeding him in all things; he had, no doubt, his gracious presence in spiritual things, as well as his powerful and directing presence in things civil; the Targum is,

``the Word of the Lord was for his help;''

because he walked in the first ways of his father David;
which were his best; some of his last ways not being good, as in the affair of Uriah and Bathsheba, and his numbering of the people; Jehoshaphat followed him in the one, but not in the other: or, "in the ways of David and his father, the first"; the first of them both; for the latter ways of his father Asa were not so good as his first, as the preceding chapter shows; and the Septuagint version leaves out the word "David", and so restrains it to his own father:

and sought not unto Baalim;
as did Ahab king of Israel, who now reigned there; ( 1 Kings 15:24 ) ( 16:32 ) .

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