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2 Chronicles 20

Jehoshaphat in his fear proclaimeth a fast.

2 Chronicles 20:1 After this also, it fortuned that the children of Moab and the children Ammon, & with them other of the Ammonites came against Iehosaphat to battell. 2 Chronicles 20:2 And there came some that told Iehosaphat, saying: There commeth a great multitude against thee from the other side of the sea, and out of Syria, and behold they be in Hasason Thamar, which is Engadi. 2 Chronicles 20:3 And Iehosaphat feared, & set him selfe to seke the Lorde: and proclaymed fasting throughout all Iuda. 2 Chronicles 20:4 And they that were in Iuda gathered the selues together to aske counsel of the Lord: And they came out of al the cities of Iuda, to make intercession to ye lord.

His prayer.

2 Chronicles 20:5 And Iehosaphat stoode betweene the congregation of Iuda & Hierusalem in the house of ye Lord before the new court, 2 Chronicles 20:6 And sayd: O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heauen, and raignest not thou on all the kingdomes of the Heathen, and in thyne hande is power and might, and there is no man that is able to withstande thee? 2 Chronicles 20:7 Art not thou our God, whiche diddest cast out the inhabiters of this lande before thy people Israel, & gauest it to the seede of Abraham thy louer for euer? 2 Chronicles 20:8 And they dwelt therin, and haue buylt thee a teple therin for thy name, saying: 2 Chronicles 20:9 If euyll come vpon vs, as the sword of iudgement, pestilence or hunger: then, if we stande before this house in thy presence (for thy name is in this house) and crye vnto thee in our tribulation, heare thou, and helpe. 2 Chronicles 20:10 And nowe beholde the children of Ammon and Moab, and mount Seir, by whom thou wouldest not let them of Israel go when they came out of the lande of Egypt, but they departed from them, and destroyed them not: 2 Chronicles 20:11 See howe they rewarde vs, to come for to cast vs out of thy possession whiche thou hast geuen vs to inherite. 2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not iudge them? for we haue no might against this great companie that commeth against vs: neither wote we what to do, but our eyes be vnto thee. 2 Chronicles 20:13 And all Iuda stoode before the Lorde, with their young ones, their wiues, and their children.

The prophecy of Jahaziel.

2 Chronicles 20:14 And there was Iahaziel the sonne of Zacharia, the sonne of Banaia, the sonne of Iehiel, the sonne of Matthania, a Leuite, of the sonnes of Asaph, & vpon hym came the spirite of the Lorde euen in the middes of the congregation: 2 Chronicles 20:15 And he sayd, Hearken all Iuda, and ye inhabiters of Hierusalem, and thou king Iehosaphat, thus sayth the Lorde vnto you: Be not afrayd nor faynt hearted by reason of this great multitude: for the battell is not yours, but Gods. 2 Chronicles 20:16 To morow go ye downe against them: behold they come vp by the clift of Ziz, and ye shall finde them at the ende of the brooke before the wildernesse of Ieruel 2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not neede to fight in this battell: but steppe foorth and stand, and beholde the helpe of the Lorde whiche is with you: feare not, nor let your heartes fayle you O ye of Iuda and of Hierusalem: To morowe go out against them for, the Lord wilbe with you. 2 Chronicles 20:18 And Iehosaphat bowed his face to the earth, and all Iuda and the inhabiters of Hierusalem fel before the Lord, worshipping the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 20:19 And the Leuites of the children of the Caathites, & of the children of the Corahites, stoode vp to prayse the Lorde God of Israel with a loud voyce on hie.

Jehoshaphat exhorteth the people, and setteth singers to praise the LORD.

2 Chronicles 20:20 And when they arose early in the morning, they gat them out vnto the wildernesse of Thekoa, and as they went out, Iehosaphat stoode and sayd, Heare me O Iuda, and ye inhabiters of Hierusalem: Put your trust in the Lorde your God, that ye may be founde faythfull: Geue credence to his prophetes, and so shall ye prosper. 2 Chronicles 20:21 When he had consulted with the people, and set some to sing vnto the Lorde, and to prayse him in the beautie of holinesse, and to go out before the armie, and to say, Prayse the Lorde, for his mercie lasteth euer.

The great overthrow of the enemies.

2 Chronicles 20:22 And when they began to shout and to prayse, the Lord layde ambushementes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, whiche were come against Iuda: And they were ouerthrowen with strokes among theselues. 2 Chronicles 20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab, rose against the inhabiters of mount Seir, and they slue and destroyed them: And when they had made an end of the inhabiters of Seir, euery one helped to destroy another among them selues. 2 Chronicles 20:24 And when Iuda came towarde Mispah in the wildernesse, they loked vnto the multitude: and beholde, they were dead carcasses fallen to the earth, and none escaped. 2 Chronicles 20:25 And when Iehosaphat and his people came to take away the spoyle of them, they founde among them aboundaunce of goods, rayment, & pleasaunt iewels, which they toke for them selues, more then they could cary away: so that they were three dayes in gathering of the spoyle, it was so much.

The people, having blessed God at Berachah, return in triumph.

2 Chronicles 20:26 And the fourth day they assembled in the valley of blessing, for there they blessed the Lord: And therfore they called the name of the same place the valley of blessing, vnto this day. 2 Chronicles 20:27 And so all the men of Iuda and Hierusale returned with Iehosaphat their head, for to go againe to Hierusalem with gladnesse: for the Lord had made them to reioyce ouer their enemies. 2 Chronicles 20:28 And they came to Hierusalem with psalters and harpes, & shawmes, euen vnto the house of the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 20:29 And the feare of God fell on the kingdomes of all landes, when they had heard that the Lorde fought against the enemies of Israel. 2 Chronicles 20:30 And so the realme of Iehosaphat was in tranquillitie, and his God gaue him rest on euery side.

Jehoshaphat's reign.

2 Chronicles 20:31 And Iehosaphat raigned vpon Iuda, and was thirtie & fiue yeres olde when he began to raigne, & he raigned twentie and fiue yeres in Hierusalem: And his mothers name was Azuba the daughter of Silhi. 2 Chronicles 20:32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and bowed not therfrom, doyng that which was right in the sight of the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 20:33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for the people had not yet prepared their heartes vnto the God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 20:34 The rest of the actes of Iehosaphat first and last, behold they are written among the sayinges of Iehu the sonne of Hanani, which noted them in the booke of the kinges of Israel.

His convoy of ships, which he made with Ahaziah, according to the prophecy of Eliezer, unhappily perished.

2 Chronicles 20:35 After this did Iehosaphat king of Iuda ioyne himselfe with Ahaziahu king of Israel, whose mind was to do wickedly. 2 Chronicles 20:36 He coupled him selfe with him, to make shippes to go to Tharsis: And they made the shippes in Ezion Gaber. 2 Chronicles 20:37 And Eliezer the sonne of Dodauah of Maresa prophesied against Iehosaphat, saying: Because thou hast ioyned thy selfe with Ahaziahu, ye lord hath broken thy workes. And the shippes were broke that they were not able to go to Tharsis.

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