17 And his son Jehoshaphat succeeded him, and consolidated his power over Israel. 2 And he put troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and put prefects in the country of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which his father Asa had captured. 3 * And Jehovah was with Jehoshaphat, because he went along his father’s first courses and did not resort to the Baals 4 but resorted to his father’s God and went by his commandments and not like the doings of Israel. 5 And Jehovah established the royal power firmly in his hands; and all Judah gave tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had wealth and grandeur in great measure. 6 And his heart went high in Jehovah’s ways, and he made a further clearance of the heights and asherahs out of Judah. 7 And in the year three of his reign he sent his generals, Ben-Hail and ʽObadiah and Zecariah and Nethaneel and Micajah, to teach in the cities of Judah, 8 and with them the Levites Shemaʽiah and Nethaniah and Zebadiah and ʽAsahel and Shemiramoth and Jonathan and Adonijah and Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah, the Levites, and with them Elishamaʽ and Jehoram the priests; 9 and they taught in Judah, having with them the book of Jehovah’s code, and went the rounds throughout the cities of Judah and taught among the people. 10 And the dread of Jehovah came upon all the kingdoms of the countries around Judah, and they did not make war with Jehoshaphat. 11 * And some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat tribute, silver by the load; the Arabs too brought him sheep and goats, seventy-seven hundred rams and seventy-seven hundred he-goats. 12 And Jehoshaphat grew greater and surpassingly greater, and built fortresses and storage cities in Judah, 13 and had many activities in the cities of Judah and stalwart warriors at Jerusalem. 14 And this is their muster by families: of Judah, captains of thousands, General Ghadnah and with him three hundred thousand stalwart champions, 15 and at his side General Jehohanan and with him two hundred and eighty thousand, 16 and at his side ʽAmasiah the son of Zicri, who volunteered for Jehovah, and with him two hundred thousand stalwart champions; 17 and of Benjamin, Eljadaʽ a stalwart champion, and with him two hundred thousand armed with bow and shield, 18 and at his side Jehozabad and with him a hundred and eighty thousand armed for service. 19 These were the king’s retinue, besides those whom the king put in the fortified cities throughout Judah.
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