Jehoshaphat becomes king of Judah
1 Asa's son Jehoshaphat ruled instead. And he made himself strong against Israel. 2 He put armies in all the cities of Judah that had walls. And he put groups of soldiers in places in Judah. And he put them in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had won.
17:1Jehoshaphat was the 4th king of Judah.
3 Jehoshaphat was like his ancestor David when he was young. He obeyed the Lord's rules as David had done. And Jehoshaphat did not ask the Baals for help. So the Lord was with him. 4 He went for help to the God of his father. He obeyed the Lord's laws. He did not do the wrong things that Israel's people did. 5 The Lord made the kingdom safe with him as its king. And all Judah's people brought gifts to him. So Jehoshaphat became rich and the people gave a lot of honour to him. 6 He really wanted be the Lord's servant. He removed from Judah the high places where people worshipped false gods. And he cut down the models of the false female god called Asherah.