Jehu’s Rebuke of Jehoshaphat
1Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned to his home in Jerusalem in peace.
2Then Jehu 1Kg 16:1; 2Ch 20:34 son of Hanani the seer went out to confront him Lit to his face and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Do you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? 2Ch 18:1,3 Because of this, the Lord’s wrath is on you. 2Ch 24:18
3However, some good is found in you, for you have removed the Asherah poles from the land and have decided to seek God.” 2Ch 12:14; 17:4,6
4Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, and once again he went out among the people from Beer-sheba to the hill country of Ephraim and brought them back to Yahweh, the God of their ancestors. 2Ch 15:8-13
5He appointed judges in all the fortified cities of the land of Judah, city by city. Dt 16:18-20
6Then he said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in the matter of judgment. Lv 19:15; Dt 1:17
7And now, may the terror of the Lord be on you. Watch what you do, for there is no injustice or partiality or taking bribes with the Lord our God.” Gn 18:25; Dt 10:17-18; 32:4
8Jehoshaphat also appointed in Jerusalem some of the Levites and priests and some of the heads of the Israelite families for deciding the Lord’s will and for settling disputes of the residents of LXX, Vg; MT reads disputes and they returned to Jerusalem.
9He commanded them, saying, “In the fear of the Lord, with integrity, and with a whole heart, you are to do the following:
10for every dispute that comes to you from your brothers who dwell in their cities — whether it regards differences of bloodguilt, law, commandment, statutes, or judgments Dt 17:8 — you are to warn them, so they will not incur guilt before the Lord and wrath will not come on you and your brothers. 2Ch 19:2 Do this, and you will not incur guilt.
11“Note that Amariah, the chief priest, is over you in all matters related to the Lord, and Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, in all matters related to the king, and the Levites are officers in your presence. Be strong; may the Lord be with those who do what is good.” 1Ch 28:20
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