1 Post haec congregati sunt filii Moab et filii Ammon et cum eis de Meunitis ad Iosaphat, ut pugnarent contra eum.
2 Veneruntque nuntii et indicaverunt Iosaphat dicentes: "Venit contra te multitudo magna de his locis, quae trans mare sunt, de Edom, et ecce consistunt in Asasonthamar, quae est Engaddi".
3 Iosaphat autem timore perterritus totum se contulit ad rogandum Dominum et praedicavit ieiunium universo Iudae.
4 Congregatusque est Iuda ad precandum Dominum; sed et de omnibus urbibus suis venerunt ad obsecrandum eum.
5 Cumque stetisset Iosaphat in medio coetu Iudae et Ierusalem in domo Domini ante atrium novum,
6 ait: "Domine, Deus patrum nostrorum, tu es Deus in caelo et dominaris cunctis regnis gentium; in manu tua est fortitudo et potentia, nec quisquam tibi potest resistere.
7 Nonne tu, Deus noster, expulisti habitatores terrae huius coram populo tuo Israel et dedisti eam semini Abraham amici tui in sempiternum?
8 Habitaveruntque in ea et exstruxerunt in illa sanctuarium nomini tuo dicentes:
9 "Si irruerint super nos mala, gladius iudicii, pestilentia et fames, stabimus coram domo hac in conspectu tuo, quia nomen tuum est in domo hac, et clamabimus ad te in tribulationibus nostris, et exaudies salvosque facies".
10 Nunc igitur ecce filii Ammon et Moab et mons Seir, per quos non concessisti Israeli ut transirent, quando egrediebantur de Aegypto, sed declinaverunt ab eis et non interfecerunt illos,
11 e contrario agunt et nituntur eicere nos de possessione tua, quam tradidisti nobis.
12 Deus noster, ergo non iudicabis eos? In nobis quidem non tanta est fortitudo, ut possimus huic multitudini resistere, quae irruit super nos; sed, cum ignoremus quid agere debeamus, hoc solum habemus residui, ut oculos nostros dirigamus ad te".
13 Omnis vero Iuda stabat coram Domino cum parvulis et uxoribus et liberis suis.
14 Erat autem Iahaziel filius Zachariae filii Banaiae filii Iehiel filii Matthaniae Levites de filiis Asaph, super quem factus est spiritus Domini in medio congregationis,
15 et ait: "Attendite, omnis Iuda et qui habitatis Ierusalem et tu rex Iosaphat: Haec dicit Dominus vobis: Nolite timere nec paveatis hanc multitudinem magnam; non est enim vestra pugna sed Dei.
16 Cras descendetis contra eos; ascensuri enim sunt per clivum nomine Sis, et invenietis illos in summitate torrentis, qui est contra solitudinem Ieruel.
17 Non eritis vos, qui dimicabitis; sed tantummodo confidenter state et videbitis auxilium Domini super vos, o Iuda et Ierusalem. Nolite timere nec paveatis; cras egredimini contra eos, et Dominus erit vobiscum".
18 Iosaphat ergo inclinavit se super faciem suam in terra, et omnis Iuda et habitatores Ierusalem ceciderunt coram Domino et adoraverunt eum.
19 Porro Levitae de filiis Caath, de filiis Core scilicet, surrexerunt et laudabant Dominum, Deum Israel, voce magna in excelsum.
20 Cumque mane surrexissent, egressi sunt ad desertum Thecue; profectisque eis, stans Iosaphat in medio eorum dixit: "Audite me, Iuda et habitatores Ierusalem! Credite in Domino Deo vestro et permanebitis; credite prophetis eius, et cuncta evenient vobis prospera".
21 Habuitque consilium cum populo et statuit cantores Domini, ut laudarent eum in ornatu sancto et antecederent exercitum ac voce consona dicerent: "Confitemini Domino, quoniam in aeternum misericordia eius".
22 Cumque coepissent laudes canere, vertit Dominus insidias eorum contra filios Ammon et Moab et montem Seir, qui egressi fuerant, ut pugnarent contra Iudam, et percussi sunt.
23 Et filii Ammon et Moab consurrexerunt adversum habitatores montis Seir, ut interficerent et delerent eos; cumque hoc opere perpetrassent, etiam in semetipsos versi mutuis concidere vulneribus.
24 Porro Iuda, cum venisset ad speculam, quae respicit solitudinem, vidit procul omnem late regionem plenam cadaveribus, nec superesse quemquam, qui necem potuisset evadere.
25 Venit ergo Iosaphat et omnis populus cum eo ad detrahenda spolia mortuorum inveneruntque iumenta multa et supellectilem, vestes quoque et vasa pretiosissima et diripuerunt, ita ut omnia portare non possent, et per tres dies spolia auferebant pro praedae magnitudine.
26 Die autem quarto congregati sunt in valle Baracha; etenim, quoniam ibi benedixerant Domino, vocaverunt locum illum vallis Benedictionis usque in praesentem diem.
27 Reversusque est omnis vir Iudae et Ierusalem et Iosaphat ante eos in Ierusalem cum laetitia magna, eo quod dedisset eis Dominus gaudium de inimicis suis;
28 ingressique sunt Ierusalem cum psalteriis et citharis et tubis in domum Domini.
29 Irruit autem pavor Dei super universa regna terrarum, cum audissent quod pugnasset Dominus contra inimicos Israel.
30 Quievitque regnum Iosaphat, et praebuit ei Deus eius pacem per circuitum.
31 Regnavit igitur Iosaphat super Iudam. Et erat triginta quinque annorum, cum regnare coepisset; viginti autem et quinque annis regnavit in Ierusalem. Nomen matris eius Azuba filia Selachi.
32 Et ambulavit in via patris sui Asa nec declinavit ab ea, faciens quod rectum erat coram Domino.
33 Verumtamen excelsa non ablata sunt; et adhuc populus non direxerat cor suum ad Deum patrum suorum.
34 Reliqua autem gestorum Iosaphat, priorum et novissimorum, scripta sunt in verbis Iehu filii Hanani, quae digesta sunt in libros regum Israel.
35 Post haec iniit amicitias Iosaphat rex Iudae cum Ochozia rege Israel, cuius opera fuerunt impiissima,
36 et particeps fuit, ut facerent naves, quae irent in Tharsis, feceruntque classem in Asiongaber.
37 Prophetavit autem Eliezer filius Dodiae de Maresa contra Iosaphat dicens: "Quia habuisti foedus cum Ochozia, percussit Dominus opera tua". Contritaeque sunt naves nec potuerunt ire in Tharsis.
King James Version
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 Hazazon-tamar, 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?
7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants 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 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 and mount Seir, whom thou 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 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; 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 of 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 inhabitants 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 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, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the 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 LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up 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 wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance 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 in the valley of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah, unto this day.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
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 gave him rest round about.
31 ¶ And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother'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 LORD.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
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 go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied 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.