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Alijah overcometh Jeroboam. 11. CHRONICLES. Asa overcometh Zeral other lands? so that whosoever cometh, and right in the eyes of the LORD bis to consecrate hiniself with a young God : bullock and seven rams, the same may 3 For be took away the altars of the be a priest of then that are no gods., strange gods, and the high places, and

10 But as for us, the LORD is our brake down the inages, and cut down God, and we have not forsaken birn; the groves and the priests, which minister unto 4 And commanded Judab to seek the the LORD, ore the sons of Aaron, and LORD God of their fathers, and to do the Levites trait upon their business : the law and the commandment.

11 And they burn into the LORD 5 Also he took away out of all the erery morning and every evening cities of Judab the higb places and the burnt sacrifices and sweet incense : the images : and the kingdom was quiet shew-bread also set they in order upon before him. the pure table ; and tbe candlestick of 6 And he built fenced cities in Jugold with the lamps thereof, to burn dah: for the land had rest, and be bad erery evening : for we keep the charge no war in those years; because the of the LORD our God; but ye bave LORD had given him rest. forsaken him.

7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let 19 And behold, God himself is with us build these cities, and make about us for our captain, and his priests them wails, and towers, gates, and with sounding trumpets to cry alarm bars, while the land is yet before us; against you. O children of Israel, because we have sought the LORD our figb: ye not against the LORD God God, we have sought him, and be hath of your fathers; for ye shall not given us rest on every side.

So they prosper.

built and prospered. 13 But Jeroboam caused an ambush 8 And Åsa bad an army of men that ment to come about bebind them . so bare targets and spears out of Judah they were before Judah, and the am three bundred thousand : and out of bushment was bebind them.

Benjamin, that bare sbields and drew 14 And when Judah inoked back, bows, two hundred and fourscore Bebold, the battle was before and he thousand : all these were mighty men hind: and they cried unto the LORD, of valour. and the priests sounded with the 9 And there carne out against them trumpets.

Zerah the Ethiopian with an bost of a 15 Then the men of Judah gave a tbousand thousand, and three hundred shout: and as the men of Judah cbariots ; and came unto Maresbah. shouted, it came to pass, that God 10 Then Asa went out against him, smote Jeroboam and all Israel before and they set the battle in array in the Abijah and Judah.

valley of Zepuatlah at Mareshah. 16 And the children of Israel fed 11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his before Judah : and God delivered them God, and said, LORD, it is nothing into their band.

with thee to help, whether with many, 17 And Abijah and bis people siew or with them that have no power: them with a great slaughter : so there belp us, O LORD our God; for we rest feil down slain of Israel five hundred ou thee, and in thy name we go against thousand cbosen men.

this multitude. O LORD, thou art our 18 Thus the children of Israel were God; let not man prevail against thee. brought under at that time, and the 12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopi. children of Judah prevailed, because ans before Asa, and before Judah; and they relied upon the LORD God of the Ethiopians fled. their fathers.

13 And Asa and the people ibat were 19 And Abijab pursued after Jero- with him pursued them into Gerar: boam, înd took cities from him, Beth- and the Ethiopians were overthrown, el with the towns thereof, and Jesba. that they could not recover them. miab with the towns thereof, and selves; for they were destroyed before Ephraim with the towus thereof. the LORD, and before his host : and

20 Neither did Jeroboam recover they carrieu away very much spoil. strength again in the days of Abijab : 14 And they smete all the cities and the LORD struck him, and he round about Gerar; for the fear of the died.

LORD came upon tbem: and they 21 But Abijab waxed mighty, and spoiled all the cities ; for there was married fourteen wives, and begat exceeding much spoil in them. 1 wenty and two sons, and sixteen 15 They smote also the tents of cattle, daughters.

and carried away sheep and camels in 22 And the rest of the acts of Abi- abundance, and returned to Jerusalem. jah, and bis ways, and his sayings, are

CHAP. XV. written in the story of the prophet AND the Spirit of God.came upok


2 And be went out to meet Asa, and So Abijate slept with his fathers, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and David : and Asa his son reigned in bis with you, wbile ye be with him; and stcad. ln bis days the land was quiet if ye seek him, he will be found of

you ; but if ye forsake him, he will 2 And Asa did that which was good forsake you.

ten years.

Judah covenantcth with God. CMAP. XVI. Asa's sickness and death, 3 Now for a long season Israel hath

CHAP. XVI. been without the true God, and within the six, and thirtieth year of the

• But when they in their trouble came up against Judah, and built did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, Ramab, to ihe intent that he might and sought him, be was found of them. let none go out or come in to Asa

5 And in those times there was no king of Judah, peace to him that went out, nor to ? Then Asa brought out silver and him that came in, but great vexacions gold out of the treasures of the bouse vere upon all the inhabitants of the of the LORD and of the king's house, countries.

and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria, 6 And nation was destroyed of na- that dwelt at Damascus, saying, tion, and city of city : for God did 3 There is a league between me and vex them with all adversity.

thec, as there was between my father 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not and 'thy father : bebold, I have sent your hands be weak; for your work thee silver and gold ; go, break thy sball be rewarded.

league with Baasha king of Israel, 8 And when Aga beard these that he may depart from me. words, and the prophecy of Oded the 4 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto propbet, he took courage, and put king Asa, and sent the captaios of bis a way the abominable idols out of armies against tbe cities of Israel; all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and they smote ljon, and Dan, and and out of the cities which he had Abel-maim, and all the store cities of taken from mount Ephraim, and re- Naphtali. newed the altar of the LORD that was 5 And it came to pass, when Baasba before the porch of the LORD.

heard it, that he left off building of 9 And he gathered all Judab and Ramah, and let his work cease. Penjanin, and the strangers with them 6 Tben Asa the king took all Judah out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and and they carried away the stones of out of Simeon: for they fell to bim Ramah, and the timber thereof, out of Israel in abundance, when tbey wberewith Baasba was building ; and saw that the LORD bis God was with he built therewith Geba and Mizpah. bim.

71 And at that time Hanani the 10 So they gathered themselves to seer came to Asa king of Judah, and gether at Jerusalem in the third month, said unto him, Because thou hast rein the fifteenth year of the reign of lied on the king of Syria, and not reAsa.

lied on the LORD thy God, therefore !! And they offered unto the LORD is the host of the king of Syria escaped the same time, of the spoil which they out of thine band. rad brought, seven bundred oxeo and 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the seven thousand sheep.

Lubims a huge host, with very many 12 And they entered into a covenant chariots and borsemen? yet, because to seek the LOXD God of their facbers thou didst rely on the LORD, be dewith all their heart and with all their livered them into thine band, soul;

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to 13 That whosoever would not seek and fro throughout the whole earth, the LORD God of Israel should be put to shew hiniself strong in the behalf to death, whether small or great, of them whose beart is perfect toward whether inan or woman.

bim. Herein thou hast done foolishly : 14 And they sware unto the LORD therefore from benceforth thou shalt with a loud voice, and with shouting, bave wars. and with trumpets, and with cornets. 10 Tben Asa was wroth with the

15 And all' Judah rejoiced at the seer; and put bin in a prison bouse ; oath: for they had sworn with all for he was in a rage with bim because their beart, and sought bim with their of this thing; And Asa oppressed some wbole desire; and he was found of of tbe people the same time. them : and the LORD gave them rest 11 T And behold, the acts of Asa, first round about.

and last, lo, they are written in the 16 And also concerning Maachab book of the kings of Judah and Israel, the mother of Asa the king, be re 12 And Asa in the thirty and nintb moved her from being queen, because year of his reign was diseased in bis sbe bar made an idol in a grove 4 and feet, until bis disease was exceeding Asa cut down her idol, and stamped great : yet in bis disease he sought not it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. to the LORD, but to the physicians.

17 But the bigb places were not 13 ( And Asa slept with his fathers, taken away out of Israel: neverthe- and died in be one and fortieth year less the beart of Asa was perfect all of his reign. his days

14 And they buried him in his own 18 And he brought into the house sepulcbres, which he had made for of God the things that his father

had himself in the city of David, and laid dedicated, and that he himselt bad de- bim in the bed which was filled with dicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. sweet odours and divers kinds of spices,

19 And there was no more war unto prepared by the apothecaries'' art: the fire and thirtieth year of the and they made a very great buining scigu ul Asa.

for hunn.

Jehoshaphat's greatness.

11. CHRONICLES. Ahab's false prophets, CHAP. XVII.

man of valour, and with him armed ANI

ND Jebosbaphat his son reigned men with bow and shield two hundred

in his stead, and strengthened thousand. bimself against Israel.

18 And next him was Jehozabad, 2 And he placed forces in all the and with him an bundred and fourscore fenced cities of Judah, and set garri- thousand ready prepared for the war. sons in the land of Judah, and in the 19 These waited on the king, besides cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father those whoin the king put in the fenced had taken.

cities throughout all Judah. 3 And the LORD was with Jehosha.

CHAP. XVIII. phat, because he walked in the first Now Jehoshaphat had riches and


honour in abundance, and joined not unto Baalim ;

affinity with Ahab. 4 But sought to the LORD God of 2 And after certain years he went his father, and walked in his com down to Ahab to Samaria. And Abab mandments, and not after the doings killer sheep and oxen for him in of Israel.

abundance, and for the people that he 5 Therefore the LORD established had with him, and persuaded him to the kingdom in his band ; and all go cp with him to Ramoth-gileart. Judab brought to Jehoshaphat pre 3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto sents: and he had riches and honour Jeboshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou in abundance.

go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he 6 And his heart was lifted up in the answered him, I am as thou art, and ways of the LORD : moreover he took my people as thy people, and we will away the high places and groves out be with thee in the war. of Judah.

4 T Aud Jehoshaphat said unto the 7 Also in the third year of his reign king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at he sent to his princes, even to Ben- the word of the LORD to-day. bail, and to Obadiah, and to Zecha 5 Therefore the kiug of Israel ga. riah, and to Nethaneel, and to Mi- thered together of prophets four hun. chaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah. dred men, and said unto them, Sball

8 And with them he sent Levites, we go to Ramotb-gilead to battle, or even Shemaiah, and Nethanialt, and shall i forbear? And they said, Go up; Zebadiah, and Asabel, and Shemira- for God will deliver it into the king's moth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, band. and Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah, Le 6. But Jehoshapbat said, Isls vites; and with them Elishama and not here a prophet of the LORD . Jeboram, priests.

sides, that we might inquire of hine 9 And they taught in Judah, and 7 And the king of Israel said uit had the book of the law of the LORD Jehosbapbat, There is yet one inan, bs. with them, and went about through whom we may inquire of the LORI!!! out all the cities of Judah, and taught but I hate bim ; för he never prophe- . the people.

sieth good unto me, but always evil: 10 q And the fear of the LORD fell the same is Micaiah, the son of Im!a. upon all the kingdoms of the lands And Jehoshapbat said, Let not the that were round about Judah, so that king say so. they made no war against Jehoshaphat. 8 And the king of Israel called for

11 Also some of the Philistines brought one of his officers, and said, Fetch Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute sil- quickly Micaiah the son of Imla, ver; and the Arabians brought him 9 And the king of Israel and Jeboflocks, seven thousand and seven hun shaphat king of Judab sat either of dred rams, and seven thousand and them on his throne, clothed in their seven hundred he-goats.

robes, and they sat in a void place at 12 And Jehosbaphat waxed great the entering in of the gate of Samaexceedingly; and he built in Judah ria : and all the prophets propbesied castles, and cities of store.

before them. 13 And he had much business in the 10 And Zedekiah the son of Che. cities of Judah : and the men of war, naanab had made him horns of iron, mighty men of valour, were in Jeru- and said, Thus saith the LORD, With salem.

these thou shalt push Syria until they 14 And these are the numbers of be consumed. them according to the house of their 11 And all the prophets prophesied fathers : of Judah, the captains of so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, thousands : Adnab the chief, and with and prosper : for the LORD shall dehim mighty men of valour three hun- liver it into the hand of the king. dred thousand.

2 And the messenger that went to 15 And next to him was Jehobanan call Micaiah spake to bim, sayicg, the captain, and with bim two bun-i Behold, the words of the prophets dred and fourscore thousand.

declare good to the king with one 16 And next to him was Amasiah the assent ; let thy word therefore, pray son of Zichri, who willingly offered thee, be like one of theirs, and speak himself unto the LORD ; and with thou good. bim two hundred thousand mighty 13 And Micaiah said, as the LORD In en of valour.

liveth, even what iny God saith, that And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty I will I speak.

Micaiah's prophecy.

CHAP. XIX. Jenoshaphat's instruction 14 And wben be was come to the manded the captains of the chariots king, the king said unto bin, Micaiah, that were with him, saying, Fight ye shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, not with small or great, save only with or shall I forbear? And he said, Gó the king of Israel. ve up, and prosper, and they shall be 31 And it came to pass, when the delivered into your band.

captains of the chariots saw Jeho15. And the king said to bim, How shaphat, that they said, It is the king many tiines shall I adjure thee that of Israel. Therefore they compassel thou say nothing but the truth to me about biin to fight : but Jehoshaphat in the name of the LORD?

cried out, and the LORD helped himn; 16 Then he said, I did see all Israel and God moved them to depart froin scattered upon the mountains, as sheep him : that have no shepherd : and the LORD 32 For it came to pass, that, when said, These bave no inaster : let them the captains of the chariots perceived return therefore every man to his house that it was not the king of Israel, they in peace.

turned back again from pursuing him. 17 And the king of Israel said to 33 And a certain man drew a bow Jeboshaphat, Did I not tell thee that at a venture, and smote the king of he would not prophesy good unto me, Israel between the joints of the barness : dut evil?

therefore be said to his chariot-man, 18 Again he said, Therefore hear the Turn thine band, that thou mayest word of the LORD ; I saw the LORD carry me out of tho host ; for l'ain sitting upon his throne, and ail the wounded. host of heaven standing on his right 34 And the battle increased that hand and on his left.

day : how beit the king of Israel stayed 19 And the LORD said, who shall ramself up in his chariot against tbe entice Ahab king of Israel, that he Syrians until the even: and about the may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead time of the sun going down he died. And one spake saying after this man

CHAP. XIX. ner, and another saying after that AN

ND Jehoshaphat the king of Judah manner.

returned to his house in peace to 20 Then there came out a spirit, Jerusalem. and stood before the LORD, and said, 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the I will entice him. And the LORD said seer went out to meet him, and said him, Wherewith?

to king Jehosbaphat, Shouldest thou And he said, I will go out, and help the ungodly, and love them that lying spirit in the mouth of all his brate the LORD therefore is wrath upon

hets. And the LORD said, Thou thee from before tbe LORD. that entice him, and thou shalt also 3 Nevertheless there are good things

vail : go out, and do even so. found in thee, in that thou hast taken

2 Now therefore, bebold, the LORD away the groves ont of the land, and katb put a lying spirit in the mouth of bast prepared thine heart to seek od these thy prophets, and the LORD hath 4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusa. spoken evil against thee.

lem: and he went out again through 23 Then Zedekiah the son of Che the people from Beer-sheba to mount naanah came near, and smote Micaiah Ephraini, and brought :bem back unto upon the cheek, and said, which way the LORD God of their fathers. went the Spirit of the LORD froin me 5 And he set judges in the land to speak unto thee?

throughout all the fenced cities of Ju24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou dah, city by city, shalt see on that day when thou shalt 6 And sa id to the judges, Take heed go into an inner chamber to bide what ye do: for ye judge not for man, thyself.

but for the LORD, wbo is with you in 25 Then the king of Israel said, the judgment. Take ye Micaiah, and carry bim back

7 Wherefore now let the fear of tbe to Amon the governor of the city, and LORD be upon you ; take heed and do to Joash the king's son ;

it : for there is no iniquity with the 26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put LORD our God, nor respect of persons, this fellow in the prison, and feed him nor takır.5 of girls. with bread of affliction and with water S1 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoof affliction, until I return in peace. shaphal set of the Levites, and of the

27 And Micaiah said, If tbou cer- priests, and of the chief of the fathers tainly return in peace, then hath not of Israel, for the judgment of me the LORD spoken by ine. And he LORD, and for coritroversies, when said, Hearken, all ye people.

they returned to Jerusalem. 28 So the king of Israel and Jeho 9 And he charged them, saying, shaphat the king of Judah went up to Thus shall ye do in the rear of the Ramoib-gilead.

LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect 29 And the king of Israel said unto beart. Jehoshapbal, I will disguise myself, 10 And what cause soever shall come and will go to the battle; but put thou to you of your brethren that dwell in on thy robes. So the king of Israe: their cities, between blood and blood, disguised himself ; and they went to between law and commandment, stathe battle.

tutes and judginents, ye shall even 20 Now the king of Syria had com- warn them that they trespass not

Jeheshaphat's prayer 11. CHRONICLES God Ngheeth for Juan. against the LORD, and so wrath come, son of Jeiel, the son of Mattariah, a upon you, and upon your brethren : Levite of the sons of Asapb, cane ive this do, and ye shali not trespass. Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the

11 And behold, Amariah the chief congregation , priest is orer you in all matters of the 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Jue LORD; and Žebadiah the son of Ish- dah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, mael, the ruler of the house of Judah, and thou king Jehosbaphat, Tbus saith for all the king's matters : also the the LORD unto you, 'Be not afraid, Levites shall be officers before yon. nor dismayed by reason of this great Deal courageously, and the LORD sball in ultitude ; for the battle is not yours, be with the good.

but God's. CHAP. XX.

16 To-nuorrow go ye down against IT came to pass after this also, that them: behold, they come up by the

the children of Moab, and the chil- cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find thein at dien of Ammon, and with them other the end of the brook, before the wil. besides the Ammonites, came against derness of Jeruel. Jebosbaphat to battle.

17 Ye sball not need to fight in this 2 Then there came some that told batlle : set yourselves, stand ye still, Jehosha phat, saying, There cometh a and see the salvation of the LORD great multitude against thee from be with you, Judah and Jerusalem : yond the sea on this side Syria : and fear not, nor be dismayed ; to-moriow bebold, they be in Hazazo-tamar, go out against them for the LORD which is En-gedi.

will be with you. 3 And Jehoshapbat feared, and set 19 And Jehosha phat bowed his head himself to seek the LORD, and pro- with his face to the ground : and all clained a fast throughout all Judah. Judah and the inbabitants of Jeru.

4 And Judah gathered themselves salem fell before the LORD, worsbip. together, to ask help of the LORD: ping the LORD. even out of all the cities of Judah they 19 And the Levites, of the children caine to seek the LORD,

of the Kohathites, and of the children 5 And Jeboshaphat stood in the con- of the Korhites, stood up to praise gregation of Judab and Jerusalem, inibe LORD God of Israel with a loud the house of the LORD, before the new voice on bigh. court,

20 And they rose early in the morn. 6 And said, O LORD God of our ing, and went forth into the wilderness fathers, art not thou God in heaven ? of Tekoa : and as they went forth, and rulest not thou over all the king. Jehostaphat stood and said, Hear me, doms of the heathen and in thine o Judah, and ye inbabitants of Jeruhand is there not power and migh:, so salem ; Believe in the LORD your God, that none is able to withstand thee? so shall ye be established ; believe bis

7 Art not thou our God, who didst prophets ; so shall ye prosper. drive out the inbabitants of this land 2i And when he bad consulted with before thy people Israel, and gavest the people, be appointed singers unto it to the seed of Abraham :hy friend the LORD, and ibat should praise the for ever?

beauty of boliness, as they went cus 8 And they dwelt therein, and have before the army, and to say, Praise built thee a sanctuary therein for tby the LORD ; for his mercy endureth name, saying,

for ever. 9 If when evil cometh upon us, as 22 And when they began to sing and the sword, judgment, or pestilence, co praise, the LORD set ambushments or famine, we stand before this bouse, against the children of Animon, Moab, and in thy presence, (for thy name is and mount Seir, which were come in this house, ) and cry unto thee in against Judah ; and they were smitten. our alhliction, then thou wilt hear and 23 For the children of Ammon and help.

Moab stood up against the inbabitants 10 And now, behold, the children of of mount Seir, utteriy to slay and de. Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, stroy them : and when they had made whom thou wouldest not let Israel an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every invade, when they came out of the one helped to descroy another. land of Egypt, but they turned from 2+ And wben Judah came toward the them, and destroyed them not ; watch tower in the wilderness, they

11 Behold, I say, how they reward looked unto the multitude, and teus, come to cast us out of thy pos. Sold, they were dead bodies fallen to session, which thou hast given us to the earth, and none escaped.. inherit.

45 And wben Jehoshapbat and bis 12 0 our God, wilt thou not judge people came to take away the spoil of them for we bave no night against them, they found among them in abunibis great coinpany that coineth against dance both riches with the dead bous ; neither know we what to do : but dies, and precious jeweis, which they our eyes are upon thee.

stripped off for theinselves, more than 13 And all' Judah stood before the they could carry away : and they were LORD, with their

littie ones, their three days in gathering of the spoil, it wives, and their children.

was so much. 1+ Then upon Jabaziel the son of 26 And on the fourth day they as Zechariah, tinc sou of Benaiah, the sembled themselves in the valley of

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