Jehoshaphat's Reforms

2 Chronicles 19

1 Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned safely to his house in Jerusalem. 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani a the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and b love those who hate the LORD? Therefore the c wrath of the LORD is upon you. 3 "Nevertheless d good things are found in you, in that you have removed the 1 wooden images from the land, and have e prepared your heart to seek God."

4 So Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem; and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim, and brought them back to the LORD God of their f fathers. 5 Then he set g judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, 6 and said to the judges, "Take heed to what you are doing, for h you do not judge for man but for the LORD, i who is with you 2 in the judgment. 7 "Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care and do it, for j there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, no k partiality, nor taking of bribes."

8 Moreover in Jerusalem, for the judgment of the LORD and for controversies, Jehoshaphat l appointed some of the Levites and priests, and some of the chief fathers of Israel, 3 when they returned to Jerusalem. 9 And he commanded them, saying, "Thus you shall act m in the fear of the LORD, faithfully and with a loyal heart: 10 n "Whatever case comes to you from your brethren who dwell in their cities, whether of bloodshed or offenses against law or commandment, against statutes or ordinances, you shall warn them, lest they trespass against the LORD and o wrath come upon p you and your brethren. Do this, and you will not be guilty. 11 "And take notice: q Amariah the chief priest is over you r in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters; also the Levites will be officials before you. Behave courageously, and the LORD will be s with the good."

  1. Cross References
    1 Samuel 9:9
    (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: "Come, let us go to the seer"; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
    1 Kings 16:1
    Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani, against Baasha, saying:
    2 Chronicles 20:34
    Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, indeed they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, which is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 139:21
    Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
  3. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 32:25
    But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem.
  4. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 17:4
    But sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel.
    2 Chronicles 17:6
    And his heart took delight in the ways of the LORD; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah.
  5. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 30:19
    " who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary."
  6. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 15:8 - 13
    And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the LORD that was before the vestibule of the LORD.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 16:18 - 20
    You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
  8. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:15
    You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.
    Deuteronomy 1:17
    'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, bring to me, and I will hear it.'
    Psalms 58:1
    Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 82:1
    God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods.
    Ecclesiastes 5:8
    If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 18:25
    "Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
    Deuteronomy 32:4
    He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
    Romans 9:17
    For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.
  11. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:17
    For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord o...
    Deuteronomy 10:18
    He administers justice for the fatherless and t...
    Job 34:19
    Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He r...
    Acts 10:34
    Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth...
    Romans 2:11
    For there is no partiality with God.
    Galatians 2:6
    But from those who seemed to be something - wha...
    Ephesians 6:9
    And you, masters, do the same things to them, g...
    Colossians 3:25
    But he who does wrong will be repaid for what h...
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 16:18
    You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
    2 Chronicles 17:8
    And with them he sent Levites: Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah - the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.
  13. Cross References
    2 Samuel 23:3
    The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'He who rules over men must be just, Ruling in the fear of God.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 17:8
    If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
  15. Cross References
    Numbers 16:46
    So Moses said to Aaron, "Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the LORD. The plague has begun.
  16. Cross References
    Ezekiel 3:18
    When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
  17. Cross References
    Ezra 7:3
    The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth.
  18. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 26:30
    Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, one thousand seven hundred able men, had the oversight of Israel on the west side of the Jordan for all the business of the LORD, and in the service of the king.
  19. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 15:2
    And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him: "Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
    2 Chronicles 20:17
    'You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you."
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