Jehoshaphat Succeeds Asa

1 1Jehoshaphat his son then became king in his place, and made his position over Israel firm.
2 He placed troops in all 2the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim 3which Asa his father had captured.

His Good Reign

3 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David's earlier days and did not seek the Baals,
4 but sought the God of his father, followed His commandments, 4and did not act as Israel did.
5 So the LORD established the kingdom in his control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and 5he had great riches and honor.
6 He took great pride * in the ways of the LORD and again 6removed the high places and the Asherim from Judah.
7 Then in the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah, 7to teach in the cities of Judah;
8 and with them 8the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tobadonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.
9 They taught in Judah, having 9the book of the law of the LORD with them; and they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.
10 Now 10the dread of the LORD was on all the kingdoms of the lands which were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.
13 He had large supplies in the cities of Judah, and warriors, valiant * men, in Jerusalem.
14 This was their muster according to their fathers' households: of Judah, commanders of thousands, Adnah was the commander, and with him 300,000 * * valiant warriors;
15 and next * to him was Johanan the commander, and with him 280,000 * *;
16 and next * to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, 12who volunteered for the LORD, and with him 200,000 * valiant warriors;
17 and of Benjamin, Eliada a valiant warrior, and with him 200,000 * armed with bow and shield;
18 and next * to him Jehozabad, and with him 180,000 * * equipped for war.
19 These are they who served the king, apart from 13those whom the king put in the fortified cities through all Judah.