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Jehoshaphat (je'hŏsh'a-făt), whom Jehovah Judges 1:1-36. King of Judah, son of Asa, succeeded to the throne b.c. 914, when he was 35 years old, and reigned 25 years. His history is in 1 Kings 15:24; 2 Kings 8:16, or in a continuous narrative in 2 Chronicles 17:1 to 2 Chronicles 21:3. He was contemporary with Ahab, Ahaziah, and Jehoram. He was one of the pious and prosperous kings of Judah. At first he strengthened himself against Israel, but soon afterward formed an alliance with Israel Jehoshaphat tried to put down the high places and groves in which the people of Judah burned incense, and sent the wisest Levites through the cities and towns to instruct the people in religion. He received tribute from the Philistines and Arabians, and kept up a large standing army in Jerusalem. He became Ahab's ally in the great battle of Ramoth-gilead, for which he was severely reproved by Jehu. 2 Chronicles 19:2. He built at Eziongeber, with the help of Ahaziah, a navy designed to go to Tarshish; but it was wrecked. He was miraculously delivered from a threatened attack of the people of Ammon, Moab, and Seir. He also had war against the rebellious king of Moab. 2 Kings 3:1-27. In his declining years the administration of affairs was placed, probably b.c. 891, in the hand of his son Jehoram. There are five persons of this name mentioned in the Scriptures.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Jehoshaphat'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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