2 Chronicles 19: Jehoshaphat appoints Judges
Notes: We next see Jehoshaphat appointing judges in the
land and in Jerusalem.]
Jehoshaphat is rebuked by Jehu the seer for his contact with Ahab
Jehoshaphat king of Judah returned safely to
his palace in Jerusalem,
Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to
meet him and said to the king, ‘Should you help the wicked and
love those who hate the Lord?
Because of this, the wrath of the Lord
is on you.
is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the
Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God.'
Jehoshaphat turns the nation to God
lived in Jerusalem, and he went out again among the people from
Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and turned them back
to the Lord,
the God of their ancestors.
Jehoshaphat apoints judges in the land
appointed judges in the land, in each of the
fortified cities of Judah.
told them, ‘Consider carefully what you do, because you are not
judging for mere mortals but for the Lord,
who is with you whenever you give a verdict.
let the fear of the Lord
be on you.
Judge carefully, for with the Lord
our God there
is no injustice or partiality or bribery.'
He also appoints them in Jerusalem
Jerusalem also, Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites, priests
and heads of Israelite families to administer the law of the Lord
and to settle
disputes. And they lived in Jerusalem.
He instructs them to be faithful in their task
gave them these orders: ‘You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly
in the fear of the Lord.
every case that comes before you from your people who live in
the cities – whether bloodshed or other concerns of the law,
commands, decrees or regulations – you are to warn them not
to sin against the Lord;
otherwise his wrath will come on you and your people. Do this,
and you will not sin.
the chief priest will be over you in any matter
concerning the Lord,
and Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the leader of the
tribe of Judah, will be over you in any matter concerning the
king, and the Levites will serve as officials before you. Act
with courage, and may the Lord
be with those
who do well.'