2 Chronicles 20
Jehoshaphat in his fear proclaimeth a fast.
2 Chronicles 20:1 It came to passe after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them, [other] beside the Ammonites, came against Iehoshaphat to battell. 2 Chronicles 20:2 Then there came some that tolde Iehoshaphat, saying, There commeth a great multitude against thee from beyond the Sea on this side Syria, and behold, they [bee] in Hazazon-Tamar, which [is] En-gedi. 2 Chronicles 20:3 And Iehoshaphat feared, and set himselfe to seeke the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Iudah. 2 Chronicles 20:4 And Iudah gathered themselues together, to aske [helpe] of the LORD: euen out of all the cities of Iudah they came to seeke the LORD.
2 Chronicles 20:5 And Iehoshaphat stood in the Congregation of Iudah and Ierusalem, in the house of the LORD before the new Court, 2 Chronicles 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heauen? and rulest not thou ouer all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is [there not] power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? 2 Chronicles 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst driue out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gauest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for euer? 2 Chronicles 20:8 And they dwelt therein, and haue built thee a Sanctuarie therein for thy Name, saying, 2 Chronicles 20:9 If, when euill commeth vpon vs, as the sword, iudgement, or pestilence, or famine, wee stand before this house, and in thy presence (for thy Name [is] in this house) and cry vnto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt heare & helpe. 2 Chronicles 20:10 And now behold, the children of Ammon, and Moab, and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel inuade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not: 2 Chronicles 20:11 Beholde, [I say], how they reward vs, to come to cast vs out of thy possession, which thou hast giuen vs to inherit. 2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not iudge them? for wee haue no might against this great company that commeth against vs? neither know wee what to doe; but our eyes [are] vpon thee. 2 Chronicles 20:13 And all Iudah stood before the LORD, with their litle ones, their wiues and their children.
The prophecy of Jahaziel.
2 Chronicles 20:14 Then vpon Iahaziel the sonne of Zechariah, the sonne of Benaiah, the sonne of Iehiel, the sonne of Mattaniah, a Leuite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the Congregation: 2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, Hearken yee, all Iudah, and ye inhabitants of Ierusalem, and thou king Iehoshaphat, Thus sayth the LORD vnto you; Be not afraid, nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battell [is] not yours, but Gods. 2 Chronicles 20:16 To morrow goe ye downe against them: behold, they come vp by the cliffe of Ziz, and ye shall finde them at the end of the brooke, before the wildernesse of Ieruel. 2 Chronicles 20:17 Yee shall not [neede] to fight in this [battell]; set your selues, stand yee [still], and see the saluation of the LORD with you, O Iudah and Ierusalem: feare not, nor be dismayed; to morow goe out against them, for the LORD [will bee] with you. 2 Chronicles 20:18 And Iehoshaphat bowed his head, with his face to the ground: and all Iudah, and the inhabitants of Ierusalem, fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. 2 Chronicles 20:19 And the Leuites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood vp to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a loude voice on high.
Jehoshaphat exhorteth the people, and setteth singers to praise the LORD.
2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went foorth into the wildernesse of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Iehoshaphat stood and said, Heare me, O Iudah, and yee inhabitants of Ierusalem; Beleeue in the LORD your God, so shall you be established; beleeue his Prophets, so shall yee prosper. 2 Chronicles 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed Singers vnto the LORD, and that should praise the beautie of holinesse, as they went out before the armie; and to say, Praise the LORD, for his mercy [endureth] for euer.
The great overthrow of the enemies.
2 Chronicles 20:22 And when they beganne to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Iudah, and they were smitten. 2 Chronicles 20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab, stood vp against the inhabitants of mount Seir, vtterly to slay and destroy [them]: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, euery one helped to destroy another. 2 Chronicles 20:24 And when Iudah came toward the watch-tower in the wildernesse, they looked vnto the multitude, and behold, they [were] dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. 2 Chronicles 20:25 And when Iehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoile of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious iewels (which they stript off for themselues) more then they could cary away: and they were three dayes in gathering of the spoile, it was so much.
The people, having blessed God at Berachah, return in triumph.
2 Chronicles 20:26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselues in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therfore the name of the same place was called the valley of Berachah vnto this day. 2 Chronicles 20:27 Then they returned, euery man of Iudah and Ierusalem, and Iehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go againe to Ierusalem with ioy: for the LORD had made them to reioyce ouer their enemies. 2 Chronicles 20:28 And they came to Ierusalem with Psalteries, and harpes, and trumpets, vnto the house of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 20:29 And the feare of God was on all the kingdoms of [those] countreys, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel. 2 Chronicles 20:30 So the Realme of Iehoshaphat was quiet; for his God gaue him rest round about.
2 Chronicles 20:31 And Iehoshaphat reigned ouer Iudah: Hee [was] thirtie and fiue yeeres olde when hee began to reigne, and he reigned twentie and fiue yeeres in Ierusalem: and his mothers name [was] Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 2 Chronicles 20:32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which [was] right in the sight of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 20:33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts vnto the God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 20:34 Now the rest of the actes of Iehoshaphat first and last, behold, they are written in the booke of Iehu the sonne of Hanani; who is mentioned in the booke of the Kings of Israel.
His convoy of ships, which he made with Ahaziah, according to the prophecy of Eliezer, unhappily perished.
2 Chronicles 20:35 And after this did Iehoshaphat king of Iudah ioine himselfe with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: 2 Chronicles 20:36 And he ioyned himselfe with him to make ships to goe to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-Geber. 2 Chronicles 20:37 Then Eliezer the sonne of Dodanah of Mareshah, prophesied against Iehoshaphat, saying; Because thou hast ioyned thy selfe with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy workes: and the ships were broken, that they were not able to goe to Tarshish.