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shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.

11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael,

the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters : * Heb. Take also the Levites shall be officers before you. rageously, and the Lord shall be with the good.

2 CHRONICLES XX. VER. 1-27. 1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is En-gedi.

3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set + himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen ? and in thine hand is there not power and

might, so that none is able to withstand thee? | Heb. thou. 7 Art not thou our God, I who didst drive out the inha

bitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

9°n If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab i Deut. ii. 9.

and mount Seir, whom thou i wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not ;

11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

12 ( our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no

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might against this great company that cometh against us; A. C. 896. neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son
"Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite
of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the Lord in the
midst of the congregation;

15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inha-
bitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus
saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by
reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not your's,
but God's.

16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they
come up by the * cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the * Heb. ascent.
end of the + brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle : set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem : fear not, nor be dismayed ; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground : and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.

19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

20. And they rose early in the morning, and went forth
into the wilderness of Tekoa : and as they went forth, Je-
hoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye in-
habitants of Jerusalem ; * Believe in the LORD your God, k Is. vii, I.
so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye

21 And when he had consulted with the people, he ap-
pointed singers unto the Lord, and I that should praise the 1 Hcb.
beauty of holiness

, as they went out before the army, and to
say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

22 ¢¢ And when they began || to sing and to praise, the Heb. And in Lorp set ambushments against the children of Ammon, they are. Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah ; Ing and praises and they were smitten.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up ther. against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped + to destroy another.

24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the

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n Ps. cxxxv. 15.

A.C. 806. wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they
Heb. there

were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and * none escaped.

25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take escaping.

away the spoil of them, they found among them in abun-
dance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels,
which they stripped off for themselves, more than they
could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of
the spoil, it was so much.

26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves That is, in the valley of + Berachah ; for there they blessed the blessing

LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called,
The valley of Berachah, unto this day.

1 Because God is truly glorious, 4 and idols are vanity, 9 he exhorteth to confir

dence in God. 12 God is to be blessed for his blessings.
1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name
give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.

2 Wherefore should the heathen say, 'Where is now their

3 m But our God is in the heavens : he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not :

7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD bath been mindful of us : he will bless us ; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

10 Psalm cxv. Thought to have been made by Jehoshapbat, after he had received encouragement to hope for victory over his enemies. Dr. Wells.

Psalm xlvi. This Psalm was probably composed in the reign of Jehoshaphat, 2 Chron. XX. Rosenmüller.

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13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small A.C.896.

* and great.

Heb. with.

14 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and

your children,

15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth bath he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

18 • Bat we will bless the LORD from this time forth and • Dan. ii. 20. for evermore. Praise the LORD.

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1 The confidence which the church hath in God. 8 An exhortation to behold it.

To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. + Or, of. 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be remored

, and though the mountains be carried into # the Heb, the 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most

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place for us.

5 God is in the midst of her ; she shall not be moved :
God shall belp her, gand that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved : he
uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is
our refuge
. Selah.

|| Heb. an high
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations
he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he hep breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burn

eth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still

, and know that I am God: I will be exalted
among the beathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.


CHRONICLES xx. ver. 27-31.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusa-
lem, and Jehoshaphat in the * forefront of them, to go again
10 Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them to
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A.C. 896. 28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps

and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.

29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.

30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God and the gave him rest round about.

35 ( And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join
himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to yo
to Tarshish : and they made the ships in Ezion-gaber

37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Maresbah pro-
phesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast
joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy
works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able
to go to Tarshish.

49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat,
Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Je-
hoshaphat would not.

2 KINGS VIlI. VER. 16.
16 | And in the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab king

SEE of Israel, Jehoshaphat being then king of Judah, P Jehoram *Heb.reigned. the son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah * began to reign.


Death of Jehoshaphat.

2 CHRONICLES XX. ver. 31-35.
889. 31 1 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was
9 1 Kings xxii.
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reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mo-
ther's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.

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 the LORD.

33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as land yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.


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" See a very curious and interesting account of the trade in India at this time; and the effects of that trade in enriching the Jews in the reign of David and Solomon, in Prideaux's Connection, vol. i. p. 7.

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