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Bible Dictionary Definition - Who was Jehoshaphat
The definition and outline of Jehoshaphat is as follows: the fourth
king of the Kingdom of Judah, and successor of his father Asa.
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The son and successor of Asa, king of Judah. After fortifying his
kingdom against Israel (2 Chronicles 17:1,2), he set himself to
cleanse the land of idolatry (1 Kings 22:43). In the third year of
his reign he sent out priests and Levites over the land to instruct
the people in the law (2 Chronicles 17:7-9). He enjoyed a great
measure of peace and prosperity, the blessing of God resting on the
people "in their basket and their store."
The great mistake of his reign was his entering into an alliance
with Ahab, the king of Israel, which involved him in much disgrace,
and brought disaster on his kingdom (1 Kings 22:1-33). Escaping from
the bloody battle of Ramoth-gilead, the prophet Jehu (2 Chronicles
19:1-3) reproached him for the course he had been pursuing,
whereupon he entered with rigour on his former course of opposition
to all idolatry, and of deepening interest in the worship of God and
in the righteous government of the people (2 Chronicles 19:4-11).
Again he entered into an alliance with Ahaziah, the king of Israel,
for the purpose of carrying on maritime commerce with Ophir. But the
fleet that was then equipped at Ezion-gaber was speedily wrecked. A
new fleet was fitted out without the co-operation of the king of
Israel, and although it was successful, the trade was not prosecuted
(2 Chronicles 20:35-37; 1 Kings 22:48-49).
He subsequently joined Jehoram, king of Israel, in a war against the
Moabites, who were under tribute to Israel. This war was successful.
The Moabites were subdued; but the dreadful act of Mesha in offering
his own son a sacrifice on the walls of Kir-haresheth in the sight
of the armies of Israel filled him with horror, and he withdrew and
returned to his own land (2 Kings 3:4-27).
The last most notable event of his reign was that recorded in 2
Chronicles 20. The Moabites formed a great and powerful confederacy
with the surrounding nations, and came against Jehoshaphat. The
allied forces were encamped at Engedi. The king and his people were
filled with alarm, and betook themselves to God in prayer. The king
prayed in the court of the temple, "O our God, wilt thou not judge
them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh
against us." Amid the silence that followed, the voice of Jahaziel
the Levite was heard announcing that on the morrow all this great
host would be overthrown. So it was, for they quarrelled among
themselves, and slew one another, leaving to the people of Judah
only to gather the rich spoils of the slain. This was recognized as
a great deliverance wrought for them by God (B.C. 890). Soon after
this Jehoshaphat died, after a reign of twenty-five years, being
sixty years of age, and was succeeded by his son Jehoram (1 Kings
22:50). He had this testimony, that "he sought the Lord with all his
heart" (2 Chronicles 22:9). The kingdom of Judah was never more
prosperous than under his reign.
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