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2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34

Jehoshaphat Succeeds Asa

1Jehoshaphat his son then became king in his place, and made his position over Israel firm.2He placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had captured.

His Good Reign

3The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of his father David’s earlier days and did not seek the Baals,4but sought the God of his father, followed His commandments, and did not act as Israel did.5So the LORD established the kingdom in his control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor.6He took great pride in the ways of the LORD and again removed the high places and the Asherim from Judah.

7Then in the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah;8and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah and Tobadonijah, the Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests.9They taught in Judah, having the book of the law of the LORD with them; and they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.

10Now the dread of the LORD was on all the kingdoms of the lands which were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.11Some of the Philistines brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat; the Arabians also brought him flocks, 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.12So Jehoshaphat grew greater and greater, and he built fortresses and store cities in Judah.13He had large supplies in the cities of Judah, and warriors, valiant men, in Jerusalem.14This was their muster according to their fathers’ households: of Judah, commanders of thousands, Adnah was the commander, and with him 300,000 valiant warriors;15and next to him was Johanan the commander, and with him 280,000;16and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, who volunteered for the LORD, and with him 200,000 valiant warriors;17and of Benjamin, Eliada a valiant warrior, and with him 200,000 armed with bow and shield;18and next to him Jehozabad, and with him 180,000 equipped for war.19These are they who served the king, apart from those whom the king put in the fortified cities through all Judah.

Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab

1Now Jehoshaphat had great riches and honor; and he allied himself by marriage with Ahab.2Some years later he went down to visit Ahab at Samaria. And Ahab slaughtered many sheep and oxen for him and the people who were with him, and induced him to go up against Ramoth-gilead.3Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth-gilead?” And he said to him, “I am as you are, and my people as your people, and we will be with you in the battle.”

4Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.”5Then the king of Israel assembled the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.”6But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?”7The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me but always evil. He is Micaiah, son of Imla.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”

Ahab’s False Prophets Assure Victory

8Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, “Bring quickly Micaiah, Imla’s son.”9Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, and they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them.10Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made horns of iron for himself and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘With these you shall gore the Arameans until they are consumed.’”11All the prophets were prophesying thus, saying, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and succeed, for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.”

Micaiah Brings Word from God

12Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them and speak favorably.”13But Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, what my God says, that I will speak.”

14When he came to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” He said, “Go up and succeed, for they will be given into your hand.”15Then the king said to him, “How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”16So he said,

“I saw all Israel

Scattered on the mountains,

Like sheep which have no shepherd;

And the LORD said,

‘These have no master.

Let each of them return to his house in peace.’”

17Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”

18Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right and on His left.19“The LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that.20“Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’ And the LORD said to him, ‘How?’21“He said, ‘I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and prevail also. Go and do so.’22“Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of these your prophets, for the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you.”

23Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, “How did the Spirit of the LORD pass from me to speak to you?”24Micaiah said, “Behold, you will see on that day when you enter an inner room to hide yourself.”25Then the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son;26and say, ‘Thus says the king, “Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely.”’”27Micaiah said, “If you indeed return safely, the LORD has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Listen, all you people.”

Ahab’s Defeat and Death

28So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah went up against Ramoth-gilead.29The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you put on your robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.30Now the king of Aram had commanded the captains of his chariots, saying, “Do not fight with small or great, but with the king of Israel alone.”31So when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, “It is the king of Israel,” and they turned aside to fight against him. But Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted them from him.32When the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him.33A certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel in a joint of the armor. So he said to the driver of the chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the fight, for I am severely wounded.”34The battle raged that day, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot in front of the Arameans until the evening; and at sunset he died.

Romans 9:25-10:13

25As He says also in Hosea,

“I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, ‘MY PEOPLE,’

AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, ‘BELOVED.’”

26“AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHEREIT WAS SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,’

THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OFTHELIVING GOD.”

27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BELIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT ISTHE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED;28FOR THE LORD WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD ON THEEARTH, THOROUGHLY ANDQUICKLY.”29And just as Isaiah foretold,

“UNLESSTHE LORD OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US APOSTERITY,

WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE SODOM, AND WOULD HAVERESEMBLED GOMORRAH.”

30What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;31but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,33just as it is written,

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZIONA STONE OFSTUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE,

AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIMWILL NOT BEDISAPPOINTED.”

The Word of Faith Brings Salvation

1Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.2For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.3For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.4For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

5For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.6But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),7or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”8But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.11For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;13for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

Proverbs 20:2-3

2The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;

He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

3Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man,

But any fool will quarrel.