1 Jehoshaphat succeeded his father Asa as king and strengthened his position against Israel.
2 He stationed troops in the fortified cities of Judah. He also put troops in the Judean countryside, and in the cities that Asa had captured in the territory of Ephraim.
3 Jehovah blessed Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his fathers early life and did not worship Baal.
4 He served his fathers God. He obeyed Gods commandments, and did not act the way the kings of Israel did.
5 Jehovah gave Jehoshaphat firm control over the kingdom of Judah. The people brought him gifts, so that he became wealthy and highly honored.
6 His heart was devoted to the ways of Jehovah. He destroyed all the pagan places of worship and the symbols of the goddess Asherah in Judah.
7 In the third year of his reign he sent out the following officials to teach in the cities of Judah: Benhail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah.
8 With them were the Levites Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, Tob Adonijah, and the priests Elishama and Jehoram.
9 They taught in Judah. They had the Book of Torah the LawJehovahs Teachings with them when they taught the people in all the cities of Judah.
10 All the kingdoms around Judah were afraid of Jehovah. As a result, they did not wage war against Jehoshaphat.
11 Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as taxes. The Arabs also brought him flocks: seven thousand and seven hundred rams and seven thousand and seven hundred male goats.
12 Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful. He built fortresses and cities where supplies were stored in Judah.
13 He stored large supplies of food in the cities of Judah and an army of professional soldiers served him in Jerusalem.
14 The following is a breakdown of these soldiers. They are listed by families. Judahs regimental commanders were Commander Adnah with three hundred thousand fighting men,
15 next to him was Commander Jehohanan with two hundred and eighty thousand men.
16 There was Amasiah, Zichris son, who volunteered to serve Jehovah with two hundred thousand fighting men.
17 From Benjamin there was the fighting man Eliada with two hundred thousand armed men with bows and shields.
18 Next to him was Jehozabad with an army of one hundred and eighty thousand armed men.
19 These were the men who served the king in addition to those whom the king put in the fortified cities throughout Judah.