Chapter 19: Yah Sends Yahyl the Seer to Tell Yahoshaphat that He is Angry That Yahoshaphat Went to War with Wicked Ahab After Hearing His Words About Ahab But Has Mercy On Yahoshaphat Because Of All That He Did For Yah
1 Then Yahoshaphat the king of Yahudah returned safely to his house in Yahrushalom. 2 And Yahu (or Yahyl or YahYah) the son of Hananiyah the seer went out to meet him and said to King Yahoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate Yah? Therefore, the wrath of Yah is upon you. 3 Nevertheless, good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land and have prepared your heart to seek Yah”.
The Reforms of Yahoshaphat: Yahoshaphat Spreads the Word of Yah to Ysrayl Who Lived in the Mountains: Yahoshaphat Places Judges in Yahudah To Carry Out the Righteous Judgment of Yah
4 So Yahoshaphat dwelt at Yahrushalom and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the mountains of Ephraim and brought them back to Yah Almighty of their fathers. 5 Then he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Yahudah, city by city–6 And said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge man but for Yah, who is with you in the judgement. 7 Now therefore, let the fear of Yah be upon you. Take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with Yah our Father, no partiality nor taking of bribes”.
Yahoshaphat Appoints Levites Preists and Chief Fathers as Judges in Yahrushalom For Yah
8 Moreover in Yahrushalom, for the judgment of Yah and for controversies, Yahoshaphat appointed some of the Levites and priests and some of the chief fathers of Ysrayl, when they returned to Yahrushalom (or reads for the inhabitants of Yahrushalom). 9 And he commanded them saying, “Thus, you shall act in the fear of Yah, faithfully and with a loyal heart: 10 Whatever case comes to you from your brothers who dwell in the cities, whether of bloodshed or offenses against law or commandment, against statues or ordinances, you shall warn them, lest they trespass against Yah and wrath come upon you and your brothers. Do this and you will not be guilty. 11 And take notice: Amariyah the chief priest is over you in all matters of Yah and Zebadiyah the son of Ishmayl, the ruler of the house of Yahudah, for all the king’s matters. Also the Levites will be officials before you. Behave courageously and Yah will be with the good”.
Chapter 20: The Moabites and Ammonites and Others In Great Multitude Want to Fight Yahudah: Yahoshaphat and the People Seek Yah For Help
1 It happened after this, that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon and others with them besides the Ammonites (or Meunites, compare 26:7), came to battle against Yahoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Yahoshaphat saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria (reads Edom) and they are in Hazaazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). 3 And Yahoshaphat feared and set himself to seek Yah and proclaimed a fast throughout all Yahudah. 4 So Yahudah gathered to ask help from Yah and from all the cities of Yahudah they came to seek Yah.
Yahoshaphat and the Congregation Pray Before Yah in the Court
5 Then Yahoshaphat stood in the assembly of Yahudah and Yahrushalom, in the house of Yah, before the new court–6 And said: “O Yah Almighty of our fathers, are You not Power in heaven and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our Father, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Ysrayl and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name saying: 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us–sword, judgment, pestilence or famine–we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple) and cry out to You in our affliction and You will hear and save’. 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir–whom You would not let Ysrayl invade when they came out of the land of Egypt but they turned from them and did not destroy them. 11 Here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your posession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our Yah, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us nor do we know what to do but our eyes are upon You”.
The Spirit of Yah Falls on Yahaziyah the Levite in the Midst of the Assembly and Answers The Battle is Yah’s: See the Salvation of Yah Who is With You: The Congregation Bows Then Stands and Praises Yah
14 Then the Spirit of Yah came upon Yahaziyah the son of Zechariyah, the son of Benaiyah, the son of Yahiyl, the son of Mattaniyah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Yahudah and you inhabitants of Yahrushalom and you King Yahoshaphat! Thus says Yah to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but Yah’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Yaruyl. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand and see the salvation of Yah, who is with you, O Yahudah and Yahrushalom!’ Do not fear or be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for Yah is with you”. 18 And Yahoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground and all Yahudah and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom bowed before Yah, worshiping Yah. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and the children of the Korahites stood up to praise Yah Almighty of Ysrayl with voices loud and high.
Yahoshaphat Appoints Men to Sing and Praise Yah on the Front Lines of the Army
20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa and as they went out, Yahoshaphat stood and said, “Believe in Yah your Almighty Power and you shall be established. Believe His prophets and you shall prosper”. 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to Yah and who should praise the beauty of righteousness (holiness), as they went out before the army and were saying: Praise Yah for His mercy endures forever”. (Compare to Psalm 106:1).
Yah Ambushes the Armies of Ammon Moab and Seir with the Spirit of Confusion
22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, Yah set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Yahudah and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
Yahoshaphat and the Army Witness All the Dead Bodies Yah Killed: Yahduah Takes Three Days to Recover the Spoil
24 So when Yahudah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped. 25 When Yahoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies (or reads on their garments or armor) and precious ornaments which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.
On the Fourth Day Blessing Yah in the Valley of Baruk: Yahoshaphat and the Army Return to Yahrushalom and the House of Yah in Gladness: The Fear of Yah Falls on the Nations: Yah Gives Yahoshaphat Rest From War
26 And on the fourth day, they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed Yah. Therefore, the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah (literally blessing, or Baruk) until this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Yahudah and Yahrushalom, with Yahoshaphat in front of them, to go to Yahrushalom with joy, for Yah had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 So they came to Yahrushalom, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpet, to the house of Yah. 29 And the fear of Yah was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that Yah had fought against the enemies of Ysrayl. 30 Then the realm of Yahoshaphat was quiet, for his Almighty gave him rest all around.
The End of Yahoshaphat’s Reign: Yahoshaphat Ruled Twenty-five Years and Was Righteous in Yah’s Sight: The Works of Yahoshaphat are Written in the Book of Yahyl
31 So Yahoshaphat was king over Yahudah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king and he reigned twenty-five years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32 And he walked in the way of his father Asayah and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of Yah. 33 Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away, for as yet the people had not directed their hearts to Yah of their fathers. 34 Now the rest of the acts of Yahoshaphat, first and last, indeed, they are written in the book of Yahyl (or Yahyah) the son of Hananiyah, which is mentioned in the book of the kings of Ysrayl.
Yah Sends Yliezer to Prophesy Against Yahoshaphat Joining with Wicked King Ahaziyah of Ysrayl in Sending Ships to Tarshish: Yah Destroys Yahoshaphat’s Works
35 After this, Yahoshaphat king of Yahudah allied himself with Ahaziyah king of Ysrayl, who acted very wickedly. 36 And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. 37 But Yliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Yahoshaphat saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziyah, Yah has destroyed your works”. Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
*Yahoshaphat was always trying to unify with evil kings of Ysrayl (first Ahab then Ahaziyah) when Yah did not want Yahudah and Ysrayl unified at that time. We still are not unified. We will become one stick (switch) in Yah’s hands in the future.