2 Chronicles 17:1-19 NIV
Jehoshaphat King of Judah
1Jehoshaphat his son succeeded him as king and strengthened himself against Israel. 2He 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.
3The LORD Was With Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David before him. He did not consult the Baals 4but sought The GOD of his father and followed HIS Commands rather than the practices of Israel.
5The LORD Established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor. 6His heart was devoted to the Ways of The LORD; furthermore, He removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.
7In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach in the towns of Judah. 8With them were certain Levites—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah—and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.9They 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.
10The Fear of The LORD Fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not go to war against Jehoshaphat.
11Some 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.
12Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah 13and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.
14Their enrollment by families was as follows:
From Judah, commanders of units of 1,000:
Adnah the commander, with 300,000 fighting men;
15next, Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000;
16next, Amasiah son of Zikri, who volunteered himself for the service of the Lord, with 200,000.
Eliada, a valiant soldier, with 200,000 men armed with bows and shields;
18next, Jehozabad, with 180,000 men armed for battle.
19These were the men who served the king, besides those he stationed in the fortified cities throughout Judah.
Here begin the life and reign of Jehoshaphat, who was one of the first three among the royal worthies, one of the best that ever swayed the scepter of Judah since David rested. He was the good son of a good father, so that, as this time, grace ran in the blood, even in the blood-royal.
Happy the son that had such a father, to lay a good foundation in JEHOVAH and for HIM. Happy the father that had such a son, to build so wall upon the foundation he had laid! Happy the kingdom that was blessed with two such kings, two such reigns, together!
In this chapter we have,
I. His accession to and establishment in the throne (v. 1, 2, 5).
II. His personal piety (v. 3, 4, 6).
III. The course he took to promote religion in his kingdom (v. 7-9).
IV. The mighty sway of the scepter he bore among the neighboring countries (v. 10, 11).
V. The great strength of his kingdom, both in garrisons and standing forces (v. 12–19).
Thus was his prosperity the reward of his piety and his piety the brightest grace and ornament of his prosperity.