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II Chronicles – Chapter 21
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When Yehoshafat died, he was succeeded by his son Yehoram. Yehoshafat had other sons as well, and he gave them all gifts of riches and cities. Yehoram turned around and killed his brothers, along with a few other nobles whom he was worried might be able to challenge his rule. Yehoram was married to Ahab’s […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 20
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The nations of Moab and Ammon attacked Judah, with the help of some Edomites. Yehoshafat was informed and he declared a fast day on which the nation should pray to G-d. The king stood among the people at the Temple and prayed, saying that G-d is over all the nations and that no one can […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 19
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Ahab was killed in battle, but Yehoshafat returned safely to Jerusalem. Yehu, son of the prophet Chanani, went out to greet him. Yehu asked whether it was appropriate to befriend and assist enemies of G-d, meaning Ahab. G-d did not approve of this alliance, Yehu said, but Yehoshafat had a lot of merits, so G-d […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 18
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Yehoshafat forged a treaty with the kingdom of the Ten Tribes by marrying the sister of Ahab, who was then their king. Eventually, Yehoshafat went to visit Ahab, who persuaded Yehoshafat to join him in a military campaign. Yehoshafat wanted to consult with a prophet before going to war so Ahab (who was an idolatrous […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 17
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Asa was succeeded by his son Yehoshafat (Jehoshaphat). He placed troops and representatives throughout the land. Yehoshafat was a righteous king, who followed G-d in a way comparable to his ancestor David, so G-d gave him a steady hand over the nation. His subjects brought him many gifts, which made him wealthy. Yehoshafat served G-d […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 16
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In the thirty-sixth year of his reign, Asa went to war against Basha, then ruler of the Ten Tribes. Basha built a tower outside Jerusalem to restrict access to the city. Asa took silver and gold from the Temple treasury and sent them to Ben-Hadad, king of Aram, with a request for aid. Ben-Hadad sent […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 15
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A man named Azaryahu was Divinely inspired to approach Asa with the following message: So long as Asa follows G-d, G-d will make Himself available. But if Asa turns his back on G-d, G-d will do likewise to him. If that happens, the nation will experience a downward spiral into idolatry. When the bad times […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 14
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Asa was a righteous king, who fought to abolish idolatry within his borders. He encouraged the people of Judah to seek out G-d and to follow His Torah. Things were pretty uneventful under Asa and the people were content. They built fortified cities as defenses against invasion. Asa’s army was well-armed, with warriors from the […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 13
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Aviya continued his father’s war with Yeravam. They prepared for battle and Aviya sent word to Yeravam that G-d had made a covenant with David as unchanging as salt that his descendants would rule. Yeravam, Aviya said, was nothing more than a rebellious servant whose rule was illegal. The only reason Rechavam had failed to […]
II Chronicles – Chapter 12
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Rechavam started out a righteous (if flawed) king, but once he felt secure in his reign, he became full of himself and turned his back on G-d. In the fifth year of his reign, Shishak, king of Egypt, waged war against Jerusalem. They brought 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horsemen and countless troops. He captured Rechavam’s strongholds […]