The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the ways of his father David(A) before him. He did not consult the Baals but sought(B) the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. The Lord established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts(C) to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.(D) His heart was devoted(E) to the ways of the Lord; furthermore, he removed the high places(F) and the Asherah poles(G) from Judah.(H)

In the third year of his reign he sent his officials Ben-Hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah to teach(I) in the towns of Judah. With them were certain Levites(J)—Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tob-Adonijah—and the priests Elishama and Jehoram. They taught throughout Judah, taking with them the Book of the Law(K) of the Lord; they went around to all the towns of Judah and taught the people.

10 The fear(L) of the Lord fell on all the kingdoms of the lands surrounding Judah, so that they did not go to war against Jehoshaphat.

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