1 Kings 22:41-50

King Jehoshaphat of Judah

41 In the fourth year that Ahab ruled Israel as king, Asa's son Jehoshaphat became the king of Judah. 42 Jehoshaphat was 35 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 25 years. His mother's name was Azubah. She was the daughter of Shilhi.

43 Jehoshaphat lived in the good way that his father Asa had lived. He only did things that the Lord says are right. But he did not remove all the altars that were on the hills. People continued to offer sacrifices on those altars and they continued to burn incense there. 44 Jehoshaphat agreed not to fight against the king of Israel.

45 The other things that happened while Jehoshaphat was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Judah's Kings’. It tells about the great things that he did and the battles that he fought. 46 He also removed the male prostitutes who lived near the special altars. His father Asa had removed many of them when he ruled as king. Jehoshaphat removed those who were still there.

22:46The male prostitutes served the false god Baal.

47 At this time there was no king who ruled Edom. Their ruler was an officer that King Jehoshaphat had chosen. 48 Jehoshaphat built some big ships to bring back gold from Ophir. But they never left Ezion Geber because a storm destroyed them. So they never travelled anywhere. 49 At that time, Ahab's son Ahaziah said to Jehoshaphat, ‘Let my sailors join with your sailors on the ships.’ But Jehoshaphat refused.

50 Jehoshaphat died and they buried him beside his ancestors in the City of David, his ancestor. Jehoshaphat's son Jehoram became king after him.