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PARALEIPOMENON 2 (CHRONICLES 2)

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ΚΑΙ ἦλθε Ροβοὰμ εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐξεκκλησίασε τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ Βενιαμὶν ἑκατὸν ὀγδοήκοντα χιλιάδας νεανίσκων ποιούντων πόλεμον, καὶ ἐπολέμει πρὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ τοῦ ἐπιστρέψαι τὴν βασιλείαν τῷ Ροβοάμ.

2 καὶ ἐγένετο λόγος Κυρίου πρὸς Σαμαίαν ἄνθρωπον τοῦ Θεοῦ λέγων·

3 εἰπὸν πρὸς Ροβοὰμ τὸν τοῦ Σαλωμὼν καὶ πάντα ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ Βενιαμὶν λέγων·

4 τάδε λέγει Κύριος· οὐκ ἀναβήσεσθε καὶ οὐ πολεμήσεσθε πρὸς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ὑμῶν· ἀποστρέφετε ἕκαστος εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ, ὅτι παρ' ἐμοῦ ἐγένετο τὸ ρῆμα τοῦτο. καὶ ἐπήκουσαν τοῦ λόγου Κυρίου καὶ ἀπεστράφησαν τοῦ μὴ πορευθῆναι ἐπὶ ῾Ιεροβοάμ.

5 καὶ κατῴκησε Ροβοὰμ εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε πόλεις τειχήρεις ἐν τῇ ᾿Ιουδαίᾳ.

6 καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε τὴν Βηθλεὲμ καὶ Αἰτὰν καὶ Θεκωὲ

7 καὶ Βαιθσουρὰ καὶ τὴν Σοχὼθ καὶ τὴν ᾿Οδολλὰμ

8 καὶ τὴν Γὲθ καὶ τὴν Μαρισὰν καὶ τὴν Ζὶφ

9 καὶ τὴν ᾿Αδωραὶμ καὶ Λαχίς, καὶ τὴν ᾿Αζηκὰ

10 καὶ τὴν Σαραὰ καὶ τὴν Αἰλὼμ καὶ τὴν Χεβρών, ἥ ἐστι τοῦ ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Βενιαμίν, πόλεις τειχήρεις.

11 καὶ ὠχύρωσεν αὐτὰς τείχεσι καὶ ἔδωκεν ἐν αὐταῖς ἡγουμένους καὶ παραθέσεις βρωμάτων, ἔλαιον καὶ οἶνον,

12 κατὰ πόλιν καὶ κατὰ πόλιν θυρεοὺς καὶ δόρατα, καὶ κατίσχυσεν αὐτὰς εἰς πλῆθος σφόδρα· καὶ ἦσαν αὐτῷ ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Βενιαμίν.

13 καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται, οἳ ἦσαν ἐν παντὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ συνήχθησαν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐκ πάντων τῶν ὁρίων·

14 ὅτι ἐγκατέλιπον οἱ Λευῖται τὰ σκηνώματα τῆς κατασχέσεως αὐτῶν καὶ ἐπορεύθησαν πρὸς ᾿Ιούδα εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὅτι ἐξέβαλεν αὐτοὺς ῾Ιεροβοὰμ καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ μὴ λειτουργεῖν Κυρίῳ

15 καὶ κατέστησεν ἑαυτῷ ἱερεῖς τῶν ὑψηλῶν καὶ τοῖς εἰδώλοις καὶ τοῖς ματαίοις καὶ τοῖς μόσχοις, ἃ ἐποίησεν ῾Ιεροβοάμ,

16 καὶ ἐξέβαλεν αὐτοὺς ἀπὸ φυλῶν ᾿Ισραήλ, οἳ ἔδωκαν καρδίαν αὐτῶν τοῦ ζητῆσαι Κύριον Θεὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἦλθον εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ θῦσαι Κυρίῳ Θεῷ τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν

17 καὶ κατίσχυσαν τὴν βασιλείαν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ κατίσχυσαν Ροβοὰμ τὸν τοῦ Σαλωμὼν εἰς ἔτη τρία, ὅτι ἐπορεύθη ἐν ταῖς ὁδοῖς Δαυὶδ καὶ Σαλωμὼν ἔτη τρία.

18 καὶ ἔλαβεν ἑαυτῷ Ροβοὰμ γυναῖκα τὴν Μολλὰθ θυγατέρα ῾Ιεριμοὺθ υἱοῦ Δαυὶδ καὶ ᾿Αβιγαίαν θυγατέρα ῾Ελιὰβ τοῦ ᾿Ιεσσαί,

19 καὶ ἔτεκεν αὐτῷ υἱοὺς τὸν ᾿Ιαοὺς καὶ τὸν Σαμαρίαν καὶ τὸν Ζαάμ.

20 καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἔλαβεν ἑαυτῷ τὴν Μααχὰ θυγατέρα ᾿Αβεσσαλώμ, καὶ ἔτεκεν αὐτῷ τὸν ᾿Αβιὰ καὶ τὸν ᾿Ιετθὶ καὶ τὸν Ζηζὰ καὶ τὸν Σαλημώθ.

21 καὶ ἠγάπησε Ροβοὰμ τὴν Μααχὰ θυγατέρα ᾿Αβεσσαλὼμ ὑπὲρ πάσας τὰς γυναῖκας αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰς παλλακὰς αὐτοῦ, ὅτι γυναῖκας δεκαοκτὼ εἶχε καὶ παλλακὰς τριάκοντα· καὶ ἐγέννησεν υἱοὺς εἴκοσι καὶ ὀκτὼ καὶ θυγατέρας ἑξήκοντα.

22 καὶ κατέστησεν εἰς ἄρχοντα ᾿Αβιὰ τὸν τῆς Μααχὰ εἰς ἡγούμενον ἐν τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς αὐτοῦ, ὅτι βασιλεῦσαι διενοεῖτο αὐτόν·

23 καὶ ηὐξήθη παρὰ πάντας τοὺς υἱοὺς αὐτοῦ ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ὁρίοις ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Βενιαμὶν καὶ ἐν ταῖς πόλεσι ταῖς ὀχυραῖς καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐταῖς τροφὰς πλῆθος πολὺ καὶ ᾐτήσατο πλῆθος γυναικῶν.


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ΚΑΙ ἐγένετο ὡς ἡτοιμάσθη ἡ βασιλεία Ροβοὰμ καὶ ὡς κατεκρατήθη, ἐγκατέλιπε τὰς ἐντολὰς Κυρίου καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ισραὴλ μετ' αὐτοῦ.

 

2 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἔτει τῷ πέμπτῳ τῆς βασιλείας Ροβοὰμ ἀνέβη Σουσακὶμ βασιλεὺς Αἰγύπτου ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ὅτι ἥμαρτον ἐναντίον Κυρίου,

3 ἐν χιλίοις καὶ διακοσίοις ἅρμασι καὶ ἑξήκοντα χιλιάσιν ἵππων, καὶ οὐκ ἦν ἀριθμὸς τοῦ πλήθους τοῦ ἐλθόντος μετ' αὐτοῦ ἐξ Αἰγύπτου, Λίβυες, Τρωγοδύται καὶ Αἰθίοπες.

4 καὶ κατεκράτησαν τῶν πόλεων τῶν ὀχυρῶν, αἳ ἦσαν ἐν ᾿Ιούδᾳ, καὶ ἦλθον εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.

5 καὶ Σαμαίας ὁ προφήτης ἦλθε πρὸς Ροβοὰμ καὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἄρχοντας ᾿Ιούδα τοὺς συναχθέντας εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἀπὸ προσώπου Σουσακὶμ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· οὕτως εἶπε Κύριος· ὑμεῖς ἐγκατελίπετέ με, καὶ ἐγὼ ἐγκαταλείψω ὑμᾶς ἐν χειρὶ Σουσακίμ.

6 καὶ ᾐσχύνθησαν οἱ ἄρχοντες ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ εἶπαν· δίκαιος ὁ Κύριος.

7 καὶ ἐν τῷ ἰδεῖν Κύριον ὅτι ἐνετράπησαν, καὶ ἐγένετο λόγος Κυρίου πρὸς Σαμαίαν λέγων· ἐνετράπησαν, οὐ καταφθερῶ αὐτούς· καὶ δώσω αὐτοὺς ὡς μικρὸς εἰς σωτηρίαν, καὶ οὐ μὴ στάξῃ ὁ θυμός μου ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ,

8 ὅτι ἔσονται εἰς παῖδας καὶ γνώσονται τὴν δουλείαν μου καὶ τὴν δουλείαν τῆς βασιλείας τῆς γῆς.

9 καὶ ἀνέβη Σουσακὶμ βασιλεὺς Αἰγύπτου ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἔλαβε τοὺς θησαυροὺς τοὺς ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου καὶ τοὺς θησαυροὺς τοὺς ἐν οἴκῳ τοῦ βασιλέως, τὰ πάντα ἔλαβε· καὶ ἔλαβε τοὺς θυρεοὺς τοὺς χρυσοῦς, οὓς ἐποίησε Σαλωμών,

10 καὶ ἐποίησεν ὁ βασιλεὺς Ροβοὰμ θυρεοὺς χαλκοῦς ἀντ' αὐτῶν. καὶ κατέστησεν ἐπ' αὐτὸν Σουσακὶμ ἄρχοντας παρατρεχόντων, τοὺς φυλάσσοντας τὸν πυλῶνα τοῦ βασιλέως.

11 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ εἰσελθεῖν τὸν βασιλέα εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου. εἰσεπορεύοντο οἱ φυλάσσοντες καὶ οἱ παρατρέχοντες καὶ οἱ ἐπιστρέφοντες εἰς ἀπάντησιν τῶν παρατρεχόντων.

12 καὶ ἐν τῷ ἐντραπῆναι αὐτὸν ἀπεστράφη ἀπ' αὐτοῦ ὀργὴ Κυρίου καὶ οὐκ εἰς καταφθορὰν εἰς τέλος· καὶ γὰρ ἐν ᾿Ιούδᾳ ἦσαν λόγοι ἀγαθοί.

13 Καὶ κατίσχυσεν ὁ βασιλεὺς Ροβοὰμ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐβασίλευσε. καὶ τεσσαράκοντα καὶ ἑνὸς ἐτῶν Ροβοὰμ ἐν τῷβασιλεῦσαι αὐτὸν καὶ ἑπτακαίδεκα ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ἐν τῇ πόλει, ᾗ ἐξελέξατο Κύριος ἐπονομάσαι τό ὄνομα αὐτοῦ ἐκεῖ ἐκ πασῶν φυλῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ισραήλ· καὶ τὸ ὄνομα τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ Νοομμὰ ἡ ᾿Αμανῖτις.

14 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ πονηρόν, ὅτι οὐ κατεύθυνε τὴν καρδίαν αὐτοῦ ἐκζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον.

15 καὶ λόγοι Ροβοὰμ οἱ πρῶτοι καὶ ἔσχατοι οὐκ ἰδοὺ γεγραμμένοι ἐν τοῖς λόγοις Σαμαία τοῦ προφήτου καὶ ᾿Αδδὼ τοῦ ὁρῶντος καὶ πράξεις αὐτοῦ; καὶ ἐπολέμησε Ροβοὰμ τὸν ῾Ιεροβοὰμ πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας.

16 καὶ ἀπέθανε Ροβοὰμ μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐτάφη ἐν πόλει Δαυίδ, καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Αβιὰ υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀντ' αὐτοῦ.


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ΕΝ τῷ ὀκτωκαιδεκάτῳ ἔτει τῆς βασιλείας ῾Ιεροβοὰμ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Αβιὰ ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν·

2 τρία ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ ὄνομα τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ Μααχὰ θυγάτηρ Οὐριὴλ ἀπὸ Γαβαών. καὶ πόλεμος ἦν ἀνὰ μέσον ᾿Αβιὰ καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον ῾Ιεροβοάμ.

3 καὶ παρετάξατο ᾿Αβιὰ ἐν δυνάμει πολεμισταῖς δυνάμεως τετρακοσίαις χιλιάσιν ἀνδρῶν δυνατῶν, καὶ ῾Ιεροβοὰμ παρετάξατο πρὸς αὐτὸν πόλεμον ἐν ὀκτακοσίαις χιλιάσι, δυνατοὶ πολεμισταὶ δυνάμεως.

4 καὶ ἀνέστη ᾿Αβιὰ ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄρους Σομόρων, ὅ ἐστιν ἐν τῷ ὄρει ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ εἶπεν· ἀκούσατε ῾Ιεροβοὰμ καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ισραήλ·

5 οὐχ ὑμῖν γνῶναι ὅτι Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἔδωκε βασιλέα ἐπὶ τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τῷ Δαυὶδ καὶ τοῖς υἱοῖς αὐτοῦ διαθήκῃ ἁλός;

6 καὶ ἀνέστη ῾Ιεροβοὰμ ὁ τοῦ Ναβὰτ ὁ παῖς Σαλωμὼν τοῦ Δαυὶδ καὶ ἀπέστη ἀπὸ τοῦ κυρίου αὐτοῦ.

7 καὶ συνήχθησαν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἄνδρες λοιμοὶ υἱοὶ παράνομοι, καὶ ἀντέστη πρὸς Ροβοὰμ τὸν τοῦ Σαλωμών, καὶ Ροβοὰμ ἦν νεώτερος καὶ δειλὸς τῇ καρδίᾳ καὶ οὐκ ἀντέστη κατὰ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ.

8 καὶ νῦν ὑμεῖς λέγετε ἀντιστῆναι κατὰ πρόσωπον βασιλείας Κυρίου διὰ χειρὸς υἱῶν Δαυίδ· καὶ ὑμεῖς πλῆθος πολὺ καὶ μεθ' ὑμῶν μόσχοι χρυσοῖ, οὓς ἐποίησεν ὑμῖν ῾Ιεροβοὰμ εἰς θεούς.

9 ἦ οὐκ ἐξεβάλετε τοὺς ἱερεῖς Κυρίου τοὺς υἱοὺς ᾿Ααρὼν καὶ τοὺς Λευίτας καὶ ἐποιήσατε ἑαυτοῖς ἱερεῖς ἐκ τοῦ λαοῦ τῆς γῆς πάσης; ὁ προσπορευόμενος πληρῶσαι τὰς χεῖρας ἐν μόσχῳ ἐκ βοῶν καὶ κριοῖς ἑπτὰ καὶ ἐγίνετο εἰς ἱερέα τῷ μὴ ὄντι θεῷ.

10 καὶ ἡμεῖς Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν οὐκ ἐγκατελίπομεν, καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς αὐτοῦ λειτουργοῦσι τῷ Κυρίῳ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ααρὼν καὶ οἱ Λευῖται, καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἐφημερίαις αὐτῶν·

11 θυμιῶσι τῷ Κυρίῳ ὁλοκαύτωμα πρωΐ καὶ δείλης καὶ θυμίαμα συνθέσεως καὶ προθέσεις ἄρτων ἐπὶ τῆς τραπέζης τῆς καθαρᾶς, καὶ ἡ λυχνία ἡ χρυσῆ καὶ οἱ λύχνοι τῆς καύσεως ἀνάψαι δείλης, ὅτι φυλάσσομεν τὰς φυλακὰς Κυρίου τοῦ Θεοῦ τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἐγκατελίπετε αὐτόν.

12 καὶ ἰδοὺ μεθ' ἡμῶν ἐν ἀρχῇ Κύριος καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ αἱ σάλπιγγες τῆς σημασίας τοῦ σημαίνειν ἐφ' ἡμᾶς. οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ μὴ πολεμήσητε πρὸς Κύριον Θεὸν τῶν πατέρων ἡμῶν, ὅτι οὐκ εὐοδώσεται ὑμῖν.

13 καὶ ῾Ιεροβοὰμ ἀπέστρεψε τὸ ἔνεδρον ἐλθεῖν αὐτῷ ἐκ τῶν ὄπισθεν· καὶ ἐγένετο ἔμπροσθεν ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ τὸ ἔνεδρον ἐκ τῶν ὄπισθεν.

14 καὶ ἀπέστρεψεν ᾿Ιούδας, καὶ ἰδοὺ αὐτοῖς ὁ πόλεμος ἐκ τῶν ἔμπροσθεν καὶ ἐκ τῶν ὄπισθεν, καὶ ἐβόησαν πρὸς Κύριον, καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς ἐσάλπισαν ταῖς σάλπιγξι·

15 καὶ ἐβόησαν ἄνδρες ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ βοᾶν ἄνδρας ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Κύριος ἐπάταξε τὸν ῾Ιεροβοὰμ καὶ τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐναντίον ᾿Αβιὰ καὶ ᾿Ιούδα.

16 καὶ ἔφυγον οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀπὸ προσώπου ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς Κύριος εἰς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν.

17 καὶ ἐπάταξεν ἐν αὐτοῖς ᾿Αβιὰ καὶ ὁ λαὸς αὐτοῦ πληγὴν μεγάλην, καὶ ἔπεσον τραυματίαι ἀπὸ ᾿Ισραὴλ πεντακόσιαι χιλιάδες ἄνδρες δυνατοί.

18 καὶ ἐταπεινώθησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ, καὶ κατίσχυσαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Ιούδα, ὅτι ἤλπισαν ἐπὶ Κύριον Θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν.

19 καὶ κατεδίωξεν ᾿Αβιὰ ὀπίσω ῾Ιεροβοὰμ καὶ προκατελάβετο παρ' αὐτοῦ πόλεις, τὴν Βαιθὴλ καὶ τὰς κώμας αὐτῆς καὶ τὴν ᾿Ισανὰ καὶ τὰς κώμας αὐτῆς καὶ τὴν ᾿Εφρὼν καὶ τὰς κώμας αὐτῆς.

20 καὶ οὐκ ἔσχεν ἰσχὺν ῾Ιεροβοὰμ ἔτι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ᾿Αβιά, καὶ ἐπάταξεν αὐτὸν Κύριος, καὶ ἐτελεύτησε.

21 καὶ κατίσχυσεν ᾿Αβιὰ καὶ ἔλαβεν ἑαυτῷ γυναῖκας δεκατέσσαρας καὶ ἐγέννησεν υἱοὺς εἰκοσιδύο καὶ ἑκκαίδεκα θυγατέρας.

22 καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ λόγοι ᾿Αβιὰ καὶ αἱ πράξεις αὐτοῦ καὶ οἱ λόγοι αὐτοῦ γεγραμμένοι ἐπὶ βιβλίῳ τοῦ προφήτου ᾿Αδδώ.


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ΚΑΙ ἀπέθανεν ᾿Αβιὰ μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν πόλει Δαυίδ, καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Ασὰ υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀντ' αὐτοῦ. ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ᾿Ασὰ ἡσύχασεν ἡ γῆ ᾿Ιούδα δέκα ἔτη,

2 καὶ ἐποίησε τὸ καλὸν καὶ τὸ εὐθὲς ἐνώπιον Κυρίου τοῦ Θεοῦ αὐτοῦ.

3 καὶ ἀπέστησε τὰ θυσιαστήρια τῶν ἀλλοτρίων καὶ τὰ ὑψηλὰ καὶ συνέτριψε τὰς στήλας καὶ ἐξέκοψε τὰ ἄλση

4 καὶ εἶπε τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ ἐκζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον Θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν καὶ ποιῆσαι τόν νόμον καὶ τὰς ἐντολάς.

5 καὶ ἀπέστησεν ἀπὸ πασῶν πόλεων ᾿Ιούδα τὰ θυσιαστήρια καὶ τὰ εἴδωλα, καὶ εἰρήνευσε

6 πόλεις τειχήρεις ἐν γῇ ᾿Ιούδα, ὅτι εἰρήνευσεν ἡ γῆ· καὶ οὐκ ἦν αὐτῷ πόλεμος ἐν τοῖς ἔτεσι τούτοις, ὅτι κατέπαυσε Κύριος αὐτῷ.

7 καὶ εἶπε τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ· οἰκοδομήσωμεν τὰς πόλεις ταύτας καὶ ποιήσωμεν τείχη καὶ πύργους καὶ πύλας καὶ μοχλούς, ἐν ᾧ τῆς γῆς κυριεύσομεν, ὅτι καθὼς ἐξεζητήσαμεν Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν ἡμῶν, ἐξεζήτησεν ἡμᾶς καὶ κατέπαυσεν ἡμᾶς κυκλόθεν καὶ εὐώδωσεν ἡμῖν.

8 καὶ ἐγένετο δύναμις τῷ ᾿Ασὰ ὁπλοφόρων αἰρόντων θυρεοὺς καὶ δόρατα ἐν γῇ ᾿Ιούδα τριακόσιαι χιλιάδες καὶ ἐν γῇ Βενιαμὶν πελτασταὶ καὶ τοξόται διακόσιαι καὶ ὀγδοήκοντα χιλιάδες, πάντες οὗτοι πολεμισταὶ δυνάμεως.

9 καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ἐπ' αὐτοὺς Ζαρὲ ὁ Αἰθίοψ ἐν δυνάμει ἐν χιλίαις χιλιάσι καὶ ἅρμασι τριακοσίοις, καὶ ἦλθεν ἕως Μαρισά.

10 καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ᾿Ασὰ εἰς συνάντησιν αὐτῷ καὶ παρετάξατο πόλεμον ἐν τῇ φάραγγι κατὰ βορρᾶν Μαρισά.

11 καὶ ἐβόησεν ᾿Ασὰ πρὸς ΚύριοΘεὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε· Κύριε, οὐκ ἀδυνατεῖ παρὰ σοὶ σώζειν ἐν πολλοῖς καὶ ἐν ὀλίγοις· κατίσχυσον ἡμᾶς, Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὅτι ἐπὶ σοὶ πεποίθαμεν καὶ ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί σου ἤλθομεν ἐπὶ τὸ πλῆθος τὸ πολὺ τοῦτο· Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, μὴ κατισχυσάτω πρός σε ἄνθρωπος.

12 καὶ ἐπάταξε Κύριος τοὺς Αἰθίοπας ἐναντίον ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ ἔφυγον Αἰθίοπες·

13 καὶ κατεδίωξεν αὐτοὺς ᾿Ασὰ καὶ ὁ λαὸς αὐτοῦ ἕως Γεδώρ, καὶ ἔπεσον Αἰθίοπες ὥστε μὴ εἶναι ἐν αὐτοῖς περιποίησιν, ὅτι συνετρίβησαν ἐνώπιον Κυρίου καὶ ἐναντίον τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐσκύλευσαν σκῦλα πολλά.

14 καὶ ἐξέκοψαν τὰς κώμας αὐτῶν κύκλῳ Γεδώρ, ὅτι ἐγενήθη ἔκστασις Κυρίου ἐπ' αὐτούς, καὶ ἐσκύλευσαν πάσας τὰς πόλεις αὐτῶν, ὅτι πολλὰ σκῦλα ἐγενήθη αὐτοῖς·

15 καί γε σκηνὰς κτήσεων, τοὺς ᾿Αλιμαζονεῖς, ἐξέκοψαν καὶ ἔλαβον πρόβατα πολλὰ καὶ καμήλους καὶ ἐπέστρεψαν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.


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ΚΑΙ ᾿Αζαρίας υἱὸς ᾿Ωδήδ, ἐγένετο ἐπ' αὐτὸν πνεῦμα Κυρίου,

2 καὶ ἐξῆλθεν εἰς ἀπάντησιν ᾿Ασὰ καὶ παντὶ ᾿Ιούδᾳ καὶ Βενιαμὶν καὶ εἶπεν· ἀκούσατέ μου, ᾿Ασὰ καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Βενιαμίν. Κύριος μεθ' ὑμῶν ἐν τῷ εἶναι ὑμᾶς μετ' αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐὰν ἐκζητήσητε αὐτόν, εὑρεθήσεται ὑμῖν, καὶ ἐὰν ἐγκαταλίπητε αὐτόν, ἐγκαταλείψει ὑμᾶς.

3 καὶ ἡμέραι πολλαὶ τῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν οὐ θεῷ ἀληθινῷ καὶ οὐχ ἱερέως ὑποδεικνύοντος καὶ ἐν οὐ νόμῳ·

4 καὶ ἐπιστρέψει αὐτοὺς ἐπὶ Κύριον Θεὸν ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ εὑρεθήσεται αὐτοῖς.

5 καὶ ἐν ἐκείνῳ τῷ καιρῷ οὐκ ἔστιν εἰρήνη τῷ ἐκπορευομένῳ καὶ τῷ εἰσπορευομένῳ, ὅτι ἔκστασις Κυρίου ἐπὶ πάντας τοὺς κατοικοῦντας τὰς χώρας.

6 καὶ πολεμήσει ἔθνος πρὸς ἔθνος καὶ πόλις πρὸς πόλιν, ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ἐξέστησεν αὐτοὺς ἐν πάσῃ θλίψει.

7 καὶ ὑμεῖς ἰσχύσατε, καὶ μὴ ἐκλυέσθωσαν αἱ χεῖρες ὑμῶν, ὅτι ἔστι μισθὸς τῇ ἐργασίᾳ ὑμῶν.

8 καὶ ἐν τῷ ἀκοῦσαι τοὺς λόγους τούτους καὶ τὴν προφητείαν ᾿Αδὰδ τοῦ προφήτου καὶ κατίσχυσε καὶ ἐξέβαλε τὰ βδελύγματα ἀπὸ πάσης τῆς γῆς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ Βενιαμὶν καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν πόλεων, ὧν κατέσχεν ῾Ιεροβοὰμ ἐν ὄρει ᾿Εφραίμ, καὶ ἐνεκαίνισε τὸ θυσιαστήριον Κυρίου, ὃ ἦν ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ ναοῦ Κυρίου.

9 καὶ ἐξεκκλησίασε τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ Βενιαμὶν καὶ τοὺς προσηλύτους τοὺς παροικοῦντας μετ' αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ ἀπὸ Μανασσῆ καὶ ἀπὸ Συμεών, ὅτι προσετέθησαν πρὸς αὐτὸν πολλοὶ τοῦ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν τῷ ἰδεῖν αὐτούς, ὅτι Κύριος ὁ Θεὸς αὐτοῦ μετ' αὐτοῦ.

10 καὶ συνήχθησαν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐν τῷ μηνὶ τῷ τρίτῳ ἐν τῷ ἔτει τῷ πεντεκαιδεκάτῳ τῆς βασιλείας ᾿Ασά.

11 καὶ ἔθυσε τῷ Κυρίῳ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ἀπὸ τῶν σκύλων, ὧν ἤνεγκαν, μόσχους ἑπτακοσίους καὶ πρόβατα ἑπτακισχίλια.

12 καὶ διῆλθεν ἐν διαθήκῃ ζητῆσαι Κύριον Θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν ἐξ ὅλης τῆς καρδίας καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτῶν·

13 καὶ πᾶς, ὃς ἐὰν μὴ ἐκζητήσῃ τὸν Κύριον Θεὸν τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ, ἀποθανεῖται ἀπὸ νεωτέρου ἕως πρεσβυτέρου, ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς ἕως γυναικός.

14 καὶ ὤμοσαν ἐν Κυρίῳ ἐν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ καὶ ἐν σάλπιγξι καὶ ἐν κερατίναις.

15 καὶ ηὐφράνθησαν πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα περὶ τοῦ ὅρκου, ὅτι ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς ὤμοσαν καὶ ἐν πάσῃ θελήσει ἐζήτησαν αὐτόν, καὶ εὑρέθη αὐτοῖς καὶ κατέπαυσε Κύριος αὐτοῖς κυκλόθεν.

16 καὶ τὴν Μααχὰ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ μετέστησε τοῦ μὴ εἶναι τῇ ᾿Αστάρτῃ λειτουργοῦσαν καὶ κατέκοψε τὸ εἴδωλον καὶ κατέκαυσεν ἐν χειμάρρῳ Κέδρων.

17 πλὴν τὰ ὑψηλὰ οὐκ ἀπέστησαν, ἔτι ὑπῆρχεν ἐν τῷ ᾿Ισραήλ· ἀλλ' ἡ καρδία ᾿Ασὰ ἐγένετο πλήρης πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας αὐτοῦ.

18 καὶ εἰσήνεγκε τὰ ἅγια Δαυὶδ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ ἅγια οἴκου τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀργύριον καὶ χρυσίον καὶ σκεύη.

19 καὶ πόλεμος οὐκ ἦν μετ' αὐτοῦ ἕως τοῦ πέμπτου καὶ τριακοστοῦ ἔτους τῆς βασιλείας ᾿Ασά.


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ΚΑΙ ἐν τῷ ὀγδόῳ καὶ τριακοστῷ ἔτει τῆς βασιλείας ᾿Ασὰ ἀνέβη βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε τὴν Ραμὰ τοῦ μὴ δοῦναι ἔξοδον καὶ εἴσοδον τῷ ᾿Ασὰ βασιλεῖ ᾿Ιούδα.

2 καὶ ἔλαβεν ᾿Ασὰ ἀργύριον καὶ χρυσίον ἐκ θησαυρῶν οἴκου Κυρίου καὶ οἴκου τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ἀπέστειλε πρὸς τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ῎Αδερ βασιλέως Συρίας τὸν κατοικοῦντα ἐν Δαμασκῷ λέγων·

3 διάθου διαθήκην ἀνὰ μέσον ἐμοῦ καὶ σοῦ καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ πατρός μου καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ πατρός σου· ἰδοὺ ἀπέσταλκά σοι χρυσίον καὶ ἀργύριον, δεῦρο καὶ διασκέδασον ἀπ' ἐμοῦ τὸν Βαασὰ βασιλέα ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἀπελθέτω ἀπ' ἐμοῦ.

4 καὶ ἤκουσεν υἱὸς ῎Αδερ τοῦ βασιλέως ᾿Ασὰ καὶ ἀπέστειλε τοὺς ἄρχοντας τῆς δυνάμεως αὐτοῦ ἐπὶ τὰς πόλεις ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἐπάταξε τὴν ᾿Αϊὼν καὶ τὴν Δὰν καὶ τὴν ᾿Αβελμαΐν καὶ πάσας τὰς περιχώρους Νεφθαλί.

5 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἀκοῦσαι Βαασὰ ἀπέλιπε τοῦ μηκέτι οἰκοδομεῖν τὴν Ραμὰ καὶ κατέπαυσε τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ.

6 καὶ ᾿Ασὰ βασιλεὺς ἔλαβε πάντα τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν καὶ ἔλαβε τοὺς λίθους τῆς Ραμὰ καὶ τὰ ξύλα αὐτῆς, ἃ ᾠκοδόμησε Βαασά, καὶ ᾠκοδόμησεν ἐν αὐτοῖς τὴν Γαβαὲ καὶ τὴν Μασφά.

7 καὶ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ ἦλθεν ᾿Ανανὶ ὁ προφήτης πρὸς ᾿Ασὰ βασιλέα ᾿Ιούδα καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἐν τῷ πεποιθέναι σε ἐπὶ βασιλέα Συρίας καὶ μὴ πεποιθέναι σε ἐπὶ Κύριον Θεόν σου, διὰ τοῦτο ἐσώθη ἡ δύναμις Συρίας ἀπὸ τῆς χειρός σου.

8 οὐχ οἱ Αἰθίοπες καὶ Λίβυες ἦσαν εἰς δύναμιν πολλὴν εἰς θάρσος, εἰς ἱππεῖς εἰς πλῆθος σφόδρα; καὶ ἐν τῷ πεποιθέναι σε ἐπὶ Κύριον παρέδωκεν εἰς χεῖράς σου;

9 ὅτι οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ Κυρίου ἐπιβλέπουσιν ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ κατισχῦσαι ἐν πάσῃ καρδίᾳ πλήρει πρὸς αὐτόν. ἠγνόηκας ἐπὶ τούτῳ· ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν ἔσται μετὰ σοῦ πόλεμος.

10 καὶ ἐθυμώθη ᾿Ασὰ τῷ προφήτῃ καὶ παρέθετο αὐτὸν εἰς φυλακήν, ὅτι ὠργίσθη ἐπὶ τούτῳ· καὶ ἐλυμήνατο ᾿Ασὰ ἐν τῷ λαῷ ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ.

11 Καὶ ἰδοὺ οἱ λόγοι ᾿Ασὰ οἱ πρῶτοι καὶ οἱ ἔσχατοι γεγραμμένοι ἐν βιβλίῳ βασιλέων ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ᾿Ισραήλ.

12 καὶ ἐμαλακίσθη ᾿Ασὰ ἐν τῷ ἔτει τῷ ἐνάτῳ καὶ τριακοστῷ τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ τοὺς πόδας, ἕως σφόδρα ἐμαλακίσθη· καὶ ἐν τῇ μαλακίᾳ αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἐζήτησε τὸν Κύριον, ἀλλὰ τοὺς ἰατρούς.

13 καὶ ἐκοιμήθη ᾿Ασὰ μετὰ τῶν πατέρων αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐτελεύτησεν ἐν τῷ τεσσαρακοστῷ ἔτει τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ,

14 καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν τῷ μνήματι, ᾧ ὤρυξεν ἑαυτῷ ἐν πόλει Δαυίδ, καὶ ἐκοίμησαν αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τῆς κλίνης καὶ ἔπλησαν ἀρωμάτων καὶ γένη μύρων μυρεψῶν καὶ ἐποίησαν αὐτῷ ἐκφορὰν μεγάλην ἕως σφόδρα.


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ΚΑΙ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀντ' αὐτοῦ, καὶ κατίσχυσεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ ἐπὶ τὸν ᾿Ισραήλ.

2 καὶ ἔδωκε δύναμιν ἐν πάσαις ταῖς πόλεσιν ᾿Ιούδα ταῖς ὀχυραῖς καὶ κατέστησεν ἡγουμένους ἐν πάσαις ταῖς πόλεσιν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ἐν πόλεσιν ᾿Εφραίμ, ἃς προκατελάβετο ᾿Ασὰ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ.

3 καὶ ἐγένετο Κύριος μετὰ ᾿Ιωσαφάτ, ὅτι ἐπορεύθη ἐν ὁδοῖς τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ ταῖς πρώταις καὶ οὐκ ἐξεζήτησε τὰ εἴδωλα,

4 ἀλλὰ Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ ἐξεζήτησε καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἐντολαῖς τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ ἐπορεύθη, καὶ οὐχ ὡς τὰ ἔργα τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ.

5 καὶ κατεύθυνε Κύριος τὴν βασιλείαν ἐν χειρὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἔδωκε πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα δῶρα τῷ ᾿Ιωσαφάτ, καὶ ἐγένετο αὐτῷ πλοῦτος καὶ δόξα πολλή.

6 καὶ ὑψώθη ἡ καρδία αὐτοῦ ἐν ὁδῷ Κυρίου, καὶ ἔτι εξῇρε τὰ ὑψηλὰ καὶ τὰ ἄλση ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ᾿Ιούδα.

7 καὶ ἐν τῷ τρίτῳ ἔτει τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ ἀπέστειλε τοὺς ἡγουμένους αὐτοῦ καὶ τοὺς υἱοὺς τῶν δυνατῶν, τὸν ᾿Αβδίαν καὶ Ζαχαρίαν καὶ Ναθαναὴλ καὶ Μιχαίαν, τοῦ διδάσκειν ἐν πόλεσιν ᾿Ιούδα·

8 καὶ μετ' αὐτῶν οἱ Λευῖται Σαμαίας καὶ Ναθανίας καὶ Ζαβδίας καὶ ᾿Ασιὴλ καὶ Σεμιραμὼθ καὶ ᾿Ιωνάθαν καὶ ᾿Αδωνίας καὶ Τωβίας, οἱ Λευῖται, καὶ μετ' αὐτῶν ᾿Ελισαμὰ καὶ ᾿Ιωρὰμ οἱ ἱερεῖς,

9 καὶ ἐδίδασκον ἐν ᾿Ιούδᾳ, καὶ μετ' αὐτῶν βίβλος νόμου Κυρίου, καὶ διῆλθον ἐν ταῖς πόλεσιν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ἐδίδασκον τὸν λαόν.

10 καὶ ἐγένετο ἔκστασις Κυρίου ἐπὶ πάσαις ταῖς βασιλείαις τῆς γῆς κύκλῳ ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ οὐκ ἐπολέμουν πρὸς ᾿Ιωσαφάτ·

11 καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν ἀλλοφύλων ἔφερον τῷ ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ δῶρα καὶ ἀργύριον καὶ δόματα, καὶ οἱ ῎Αραβες ἔφερον αὐτῷ κριοὺς προβάτων ἑπτακισχιλίους ἑπτακοσίους.

12 καὶ ἦν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ πορευόμενος μείζων ἕως εἰς ὕψος καὶ ᾠκοδόμησεν ἐν τῇ ᾿Ιουδαίᾳ οἰκήσεις καὶ πόλεις ὀχυράς.

13 καὶ ἔργα πολλὰ ἐγένετο αὐτῷ ἐν τῇ ᾿Ιουδαίᾳ καὶ ἄνδρες πολεμισταὶ δυνατοὶ ἰσχύοντες ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.

14 καὶ οὗτος ὁ ἀριθμὸς αὐτῶν κατ' οἴκους πατριῶν αὐτῶν· καὶ τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ χιλίαρχοι, ῎Εδνας ὁ ἄρχων καὶ μετ' αὐτοῦ υἱοὶ δυνατοὶ δυνάμεως τριακόσιαι χιλιάδες·

15 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ᾿Ιωανὰν ὁ ἡγούμενος καὶ μετ' αὐτοῦ διακόσιαι ὀγδοήκοντα χιλιάδες·

16 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ᾿Αμασίας ὁ τοῦ Ζαρί, ὁ προθυμούμενος τῷ Κυρίῳ, καὶ μετ' αὐτοῦ διακόσιαι χιλιάδες δυνατοὶ δυνάμεως.

17 καὶ ἐκ τοῦ Βενιαμὶν δυνατὸς δυνάμεως ᾿Ελιαδὰ καὶ μετ' αὐτοῦ τοξόται καὶ πελτασταὶ διακόσιαι χιλιάδες.

18 καὶ μετ' αὐτὸν ᾿Ιωζαβὰδ καὶ μετ' αὐτοῦ ἑκατὸν ὀγδοήκοντα χιλιάδες δυνατοὶ πολέμου.

19 οὗτοι οἱ λειτουργοῦντες τῷ βασιλεῖ, ἐκτὸς ὧν ἔδωκεν ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐν ταῖς πόλεσι ταῖς ὀχυραῖς ἐν πάσῃ τῇ ᾿Ιουδαίᾳ.


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ΚΑΙ ἐγενήθη τῷ ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ ἔτι πλοῦτος καὶ δόξα πολλή, καὶ ἐπεγαμβρεύσατο ἐν οἴκῳ ᾿Αχαάβ.

 

2 καὶ κατέβη διὰ τέλους ἐτῶν πρὸς ᾿Αχαὰβ εἰς Σαμάρειαν· καὶ ἔθυσεν αὐτῷ ᾿Αχαὰβ πρόβατα καὶ μόσχους πολλοὺς καὶ τῷ λαῷ τῷ μετ' αὐτοῦ καὶ ἠγάπα αὐτὸν τοῦ συναναβῆναι μετ' αὐτοῦ εἰς Ραμὼθ τῆς Γαλααδίτιδος.

3 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Αχαὰβ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ βασιλέα ᾿Ιούδα· εἰ πορεύσῃ μετ' ἐμοῦ εἰς Ραμὼθ τῆς Γαλααδίτιδος; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ὡς ἐγώ, οὕτω καὶ σύ· ὡς ὁ λαός σου καὶ ὁ λαός μου μετὰ σοῦ εἰς πόλεμον.

4 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ πρὸς βασιλέα ᾿Ισραήλ· ζήτησον δὴ σήμερον τὸν Κύριον.

5 καὶ συνήγαγεν ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ τοὺς προφήτας τετρακοσίους ἄνδρας καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· εἰ πορευθῶ εἰς Ραμὼθ Γαλαὰδ εἰς πόλεμον ἢ ἐπίσχω; καὶ εἶπαν· ἀνάβαινε, καὶ δώσει ὁ Θεὸς εἰς τὰς χεῖρας τοῦ βασιλέως.

6 καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ιωσαφάτ· οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε προφήτης τοῦ Κυρίου ἔτι καὶ ἐπιζητήσομεν παρ' αὐτοῦ;

7 καὶ εἶπε βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς ᾿Ιωσαφάτ· ἔτι ἀνὴρ εἷς τοῦ ζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον δι' αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐγὼ ἐμίσησα αὐτόν, ὅτι οὐκ ἔστι προφητεύων περὶ ἐμοῦ εἰς ἀγαθά, ὅτι πᾶσαι αἱ ἡμέραι αὐτοῦ εἰς κακά, οὗτος Μιχαίας υἱὸς ᾿Ιεμβλά. καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Ιωσαφάτ· μὴ λαλείτω ὁ βασιλεὺς οὕτως·

8 καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ βασιλεὺς εὐνοῦχον ἕνα καὶ εἶπε· τάχος Μιχαίαν υἱὸν ᾿Ιεμβλά.

9 καὶ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιούδα καθήμενοι ἕκαστος ἐπὶ θρόνου αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐνδεδυμένοι στολάς, καθήμενοι ἐν τῷ εὐρυχώρῳ θύρας πύλης Σαμαρείας, καὶ πάντες οἱ προφῆται ἐπροφήτευον ἐναντίον αὐτῶν.

10 καὶ ἐποίησεν ἑαυτῷ Σεδεκίας υἱὸς Χαναὰν κέρατα σιδηρᾶ καὶ εἶπε· τάδε λέγει Κύριος· ἐν τούτοις κερατιεῖς τὴν Συρίαν ἕως ἂν συντελεσθῇ.

11 καὶ πάντες οἱ προφῆται ἐπροφήτευον οὕτω λέγοντες· ἀνάβαινε εἰς Ραμὼθ Γαλαὰδ καὶ εὐοδωθήσῃ, καὶ δώσει Κύριος εἰς χεῖρας τοῦ βασιλέως.

12 καὶ ὁ ἄγγελος ὁ πορευθεὶς τοῦ καλέσαι τὸν Μιχαίαν ἐλάλησεν αὐτῷ λέγων· ἰδοὺ ἐλάλησαν οἱ προφῆται ἐν στόματι ἑνὶ ἀγαθὰ περὶ τοῦ βασιλέως, καὶ ἔστωσαν δὴ οἱ λόγοι σου ὡς ἑνὸς αὐτῶν, καὶ λαλήσεις ἀγαθά.

13 καὶ εἶπε Μιχαίας· ζῇ Κύριος, ὅτι ὃ ἐὰν εἴπῃ ὁ Θεὸς πρός με, αὐτὸ λαλήσω.

14 καὶ ἦλθε πρὸς τόν βασιλέα, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ βασιλεύς· Μιχαία, εἰ πορευθῶ εἰς Ραμὼθ Γαλαὰδ εἰς πόλεμον ἢ ἐπίσχω; καὶ εἶπεν· ἀνάβαινε καὶ εὐοδώσεις, καὶ δοθήσονται εἰς χεῖρας ὑμῶν.

15 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ βασιλεύς· ποσάκις ὁρκίζω σε ἵνα μὴ λαλήσῃς πρός με πλὴν τὴν ἀλήθειαν ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου;

16 καὶ εἶπεν· εἶδον τὸν ᾿Ισραὴλ διεσπαρμένους ἐν τοῖς ὄρεσιν ὡς πρόβατα, οἷς οὐκ ἔστι ποιμήν, καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· οὐκ ἔχουσιν ἡγούμενον οὗτοι, ἀναστρεφέτωσαν ἕκαστος εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ ἐν εἰρήνῃ.

17 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς ᾿Ιωσαφάτ· οὐκ εἶπόν σοι, ὅτι οὐ προφητεύει περὶ ἐμοῦ ἀγαθά, ἀλλ' ἢ κακά;

18 καὶ εἶπεν· οὐχ οὕτως· ἀκούσατε λόγον Κυρίου· εἶδον τὸν Κύριον καθήμενον ἐπὶ θρόνου αὐτοῦ, καὶ πᾶσα δύναμις τοῦ οὐρανοῦ παρειστήκει ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐξ ἀριστερῶν αὐτοῦ.

19 καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· τίς ἀπατήσει τὸν ᾿Αχαὰβ βασιλέα ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἀναβήσεται καὶ πεσεῖται ἐν Ραμὼθ Γαλαάδ; καὶ οὗτος εἶπεν οὕτως, καὶ οὗτος εἶπεν οὕτως.

20 καὶ ἐξῆλθε τὸ πνεῦμα καὶ ἔστη ἐνώπιον Κυρίου καὶ εἶπεν· ἐγὼ ἀπατήσω αὐτόν. καὶ εἶπε Κύριος· ἐν τίνι;

21 καὶ εἶπεν· ἐξελεύσομαι καὶ ἔσομαι πνεῦμα ψευδὲς ἐν στόματι πάντων τῶν προφητῶν αὐτοῦ. καὶ εἶπεν· ἀπατήσεις καὶ δυνήσῃ, ἔξελθε καὶ ποίησον οὕτω.

22 καὶ νῦν ἰδοὺ ἔδωκε Κύριος πνεῦμα ψευδὲς ἐν στόματι τῶν προφητῶν σου τούτων, καὶ Κύριος ἐλάλησεν ἐπὶ σὲ κακά.

23 καὶ ἤγγισε Σεδεκίας υἱὸς Χαναὰν καὶ ἐπάταξε τὸν Μιχαίαν ἐπὶ τὴν σιαγόνα καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ποίᾳ τῇ ὁδῷ παρῆλθε πνεῦμα Κυρίου παρ' ἐμοῦ τοῦ λαλῆσαι πρός σε;

24 καὶ εἶπε Μιχαίας· ἰδοὺ ὄψῃ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ, ἐν ᾗ εἰσελεύσῃ ταμιεῖον ἐκ ταμιείου τοῦ κατακρυβῆναι.

25 καὶ εἶπε βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραήλ· λάβετε τὸν Μιχαίαν καὶ ἀποστρέψατε πρὸς ᾿Εμὴρ ἄρχοντα τῆς πόλεως καὶ πρὸς ᾿Ιωὰς ἄρχοντα υἱὸν τοῦ βασιλέως

26 καὶ ἐρεῖτε· οὕτως εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς· ἀπόθεσθε τοῦτον εἰς οἶκον φυλακῆς, καὶ ἐσθιέτω ἄρτον θλίψεως καὶ ὕδωρ θλίψεως ἕως τοῦ ἐπιστρέψαι με ἐν εἰρήνῃ.

27 καὶ εἶπε Μιχαίας· ἐὰν ἐπιστρέφων ἐπιστρέψῃς ἐν εἰρήνῃ, οὐκ ἐλάλησε Κύριος ἐν ἐμοί· ἀκούσατε λαοὶ πάντες.

28 Καὶ ἀνέβη βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιούδα εἰς Ραμὼθ Γαλαάδ.

29 καὶ εἶπε βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ πρὸς ᾿Ιωσαφάτ· κατακάλυψόν με καὶ εἰσελεύσομαι εἰς τὸν πόλεμον, καὶ σὺ ἔνδυσαι τὸν ἱματισμόν μου· καὶ συνεκαλύψατο βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν πόλεμον.

30 καὶ βασιλεὺς Συρίας ἐνετείλατο τοῖς ἄρχουσι τῶν ἁρμάτων τοῖς μετ' αὐτοῦ λέγων· μὴ πολεμεῖτε τὸν μικρὸν καὶ τὸν μέγαν, ἀλλ' ἢ τὸν βασιλέα ᾿Ισραὴλ μόνον.

31 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς εἶδον οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν ἁρμάτων τὸν ᾿Ιωσαφάτ, καὶ αὐτοὶ εἶπαν· βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραήλ ἐστι, καὶ ἐκύκλωσαν αὐτὸν τοῦ πολεμεῖν· καὶ ἐβόησεν ᾿Ιωσαφάτ, καὶ Κύριος ἔσωσεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀπέστρεψεν αὐτοὺς ὁ Θεὸς ἀπ' αὐτοῦ.

32 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς εἶδον οἱ ἄρχοντες τῶν ἁρμάτων ὅτι οὐκ ἦν βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραήλ, καὶ ἀπέστρεψαν ἀπ' αὐτοῦ.

33 καὶ ἀνὴρ ἔτεινε τόξον εὐστόχως καὶ ἐπάταξε τὸν βασιλέα ᾿Ισραὴλ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ πνεύμονος καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ θώρακος. καὶ εἶπε τῷ ἡνιόχῳ· ἐπίστρεφε τὴν χεῖρά σου καὶ ἐξάγαγέ με ἐκ τοῦ πολέμου, ὅτι ἐπόνεσα.

34 καὶ ἐτροπώθη ὁ πόλεμος ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ· καὶ ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ισραὴλ ἦν ἑστηκὼς ἐπὶ τοῦ ἅρματος ἐξεναντίας Συρίας ἕως ἑσπέρας καὶ ἀπέθανε δύνοντος τοῦ ἡλίου.


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ΚΑΙ ἐπέστρεψεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιούδα εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.

2 καὶ ἐξῆλθεν εἰς ἀπάντησιν αὐτοῦ ᾿Ιοὺ ὁ τοῦ ᾿Ανανὶ ὁ προφήτης καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· βασιλεῦ ᾿Ιωσαφάτ, εἰ ἁμαρτωλῷ σὺ βοηθεῖς ἢ μισουμένῳ ὑπὸ Κυρίου φιλιάζεις; διὰ τοῦτο ἐγένετο ἐπὶ σὲ ὀργὴ παρὰ Κυρίου·

3 ὅτι ἀλλ' ἢ λόγοι ἀγαθοὶ εὑρέθησαν ἐν σοί, ὅτι ἐξῇρας τὰ ἄλση ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ κατηύθυνας τὴν καρδίαν σου ἐκζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον.

4 καὶ κατῴκησεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ πάλιν ἐξῆλθεν εἰς τὸν λαὸν ἀπὸ Βηρσαβεὲ ἕως ὄρους ᾿Εφραὶμ καὶ ἐπέστρεψεν αὐτοὺς ἐπὶ Κύριον Θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν.

5 καὶ κατέστησε τοὺς κριτὰς ἐν πάσαις ταῖς πόλεσιν ᾿Ιούδα ταῖς ὀχυραῖς ἐν πόλει καὶ πόλει

6 καὶ εἶπε τοῖς κριταῖς· ἴδετε τί ὑμεῖς ποιεῖτε, ὅτι οὐκ ἀνθρώπῳ ὑμεῖς κρίνετε, ἀλλ' ἢ τῷ Κυρίῳ, καὶ μεθ' ὑμῶν λόγοι τῆς κρίσεως·

7 καὶ νῦν γενέσθω φόβος Κυρίου ἐφ' ὑμᾶς, καὶ φυλάσσετε καὶ ποιήσατε, ὅτι οὐκ ἔστι μετὰ Κυρίου Θεοῦ ἡμῶν ἀδικία, οὐδὲ θαυμάσαι πρόσωπον οὐδὲ λαβεῖν δῶρα.

8 καί γε ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ κατέστησεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ τῶν ἱερέων καὶ τῶν Λευιτῶν καὶ τῶν πατριαρχῶν ᾿Ισραὴλ εἰς κρίσιν Κυρίου, καὶ κρίνειν τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ.

9 καὶ ἐνετείλατο πρὸς αὐτοὺς λέγων· οὕτω ποιήσετε ἐν φόβῳ Κυρίου, ἐν ἀληθείᾳ καὶ ἐν πλήρει καρδίᾳ·

10 πᾶς ἀνὴρ κρίσιν τὴν ἐλθοῦσαν ἐφ' ὑμᾶς τῶν ἀδελφῶν ὑμῶν τῶν κατοικούντων ἐν ταῖς πόλεσιν αὐτῶν ἀνὰ μέσον αἷμα αἵματος καὶ ἀνὰ μέσον τοῦ προστάγματος καὶ ἐντολῆς καὶ δικαιώματα καὶ κρίματα καὶ διαστελεῖσθε αὐτοῖς, καὶ οὐχ ἁμαρτήσονται τῷ Κυρίῳ, καὶ οὐκ ἔσται ὀργὴ ἐφ' ὑμᾶς καὶ ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ὑμῶν· οὕτω ποιήσετε καὶ οὐχ ἁμαρτήσεσθε.

11 καὶ ἰδοὺ ῾Αμαρίας ὁ ἱερεὺς ἡγούμενος ἐφ' ὑμᾶς εἰς πάντα λόγον Κυρίου καὶ Ζαβδίας υἱὸς ᾿Ισμαὴλ ὁ ἡγούμενος εἰς οἶκον ᾿Ιούδα πρὸς πάντα λόγον βασιλέως καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς καὶ οἱ Λευῖται πρὸ προσώπου ὑμῶν· ἰσχύσατε καὶ ποιήσατε, καὶ ἔσται Κύριος μετὰ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ.


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ΚΑΙ μετὰ ταῦτα ἦλθον οἱ υἱοὶ Μωάβ, καὶ υἱοὶ ᾿Αμμὼν καὶ μετ' αὐτῶν ἐκ τῶν Μιναίων πρὸς ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ εἰς πόλεμον.

2 καὶ ἦλθον καὶ ὑπέδειξαν τῷ ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ λέγοντες· ἥκει ἐπὶ σὲ πλῆθος πολὺ ἐκ πέραν τῆς θαλάσσης ἀπὸ Συρίας, καὶ ἰδού εἰσιν ἐν ᾿Ασασὰν Θαμὰρ (αὕτη ἐστὶν ᾿Εγγαδί).

3 καὶ ἐφοβήθη καὶ ἔδωκεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ ἐκζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον καὶ ἐκήρυξε νηστείαν ἐν παντὶ ᾿Ιούδᾳ.

4 καὶ συνήχθη ᾿Ιούδας ἐκζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ἀπὸ πασῶν τῶν πόλεων ᾿Ιούδα ἦλθον ζητῆσαι τὸν Κύριον.

5 καὶ ἀνέστη ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ ᾿Ιούδα ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐν οἴκῳ Κυρίου κατὰ πρόσωπον τῆς αὐλῆς τῆς καινῆς

6 καὶ εἶπε· Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς τῶν πατέρων μου, οὐχὶ σὺ εἶ Θεὸς ἐν οὐρανῷ ἄνω καὶ σὺ κυριεύεις πασῶν τῶν βασιλειῶν τῶν ἐθνῶν καὶ ἐν τῇ χειρί σου ἰσχὺς δυναστείας καὶ οὐκ ἔστι πρός σε ἀντιστῆναι;

 

7 οὐχὶ σὺ ὁ Κύριος ὁ ἐξολοθρεύσας τοὺς κατοικοῦντας τὴν γῆν ταύτην ἀπὸ προσώπου τοῦ λαοῦ σου ᾿Ισραὴλ καὶ ἔδωκας αὐτὴν σπέρματι ῾Αβραὰμ τῷ ἠγαπημένῳ σου εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα;

8 καὶ κατῴκησαν ἐν αὐτῇ καὶ ᾠκοδόμησαν ἐν αὐτῇ ἁγίασμα τῷ ὀνόματί σου λέγοντες·

9 ἐὰν ἐπέλθῃ ἐφ' ἡμᾶς κακά, ρομφαία, κρίσις, θάνατος, λιμός, στησόμεθα ἐναντίον τοῦ οἴκου τούτου καὶ ἐναντίον σου, ὅτι τὸ ὄνομά σου ἐπὶ τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ, καὶ βοησόμεθα πρὸς σὲ ἀπὸ τῆς θλίψεως, καὶ ἀκούσῃ καὶ σώσεις.

10 καὶ νῦν ἰδοὺ οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Αμμὼν καὶ Μωὰβ καὶ ὄρος Σηείρ, εἰς οὓς οὐκ ἔδωκας τῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ διελθεῖν δι' αὐτῶν, ἐξελθόντων αὐτῶν ἐκ γῆς Αἰγύπτου, ὅτι ἐξέκλιναν ἀπ' αὐτῶν καὶ οὐκ ἐξωλόθρευσαν αὐτούς.

 

11 καὶ νῦν ἰδοὺ αὐτοὶ ἐπιχειροῦσιν ἐφ' ἡμᾶς ἐξελθεῖν ἐκβαλεῖν ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τῆς κληρονομίας ἡμῶν, ἧς ἔδωκας ἡμῖν.

12 Κύριε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, οὐ κρινεῖς ἐν αὐτοῖς; ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν ἡμῖν ἰσχὺς τοῦ ἀντιστῆναι πρὸς τὸ πλῆθος τὸ πολὺ τοῦτο τὸ ἐλθὸν ἐφ' ἡμᾶς, καὶ οὐκ οἴδαμεν τί ποιήσωμεν αὐτοῖς, ἀλλ' ἢ ἐπὶ σοὶ οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν.

13 καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδας ἑστηκὼς ἔναντι Κυρίου, καὶ τὰ παιδία αὐτῶν καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες αὐτῶν.

14 καὶ τῷ ᾿Οζιὴλ τῷ τοῦ Ζαχαρίου τῶν υἱῶν Βαναίου τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ελεϊὴλ τοῦ Ματθανίου τοῦ Λευίτου ἀπὸ τῶν υἱῶν ᾿Ασάφ, ἐγένετο ἐπ' αὐτὸν πνεῦμα Κυρίου ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ

15 καὶ εἶπεν· ἀκούσατε πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ὁ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιωσαφάτ· τάδε λέγει Κύριος ὑμῖν αὐτοῖς· μὴ φοβεῖσθε μηδὲ πτοηθῆτε ἀπὸ προσώπου τοῦ ὄχλου τοῦ πολλοῦ τούτου, ὅτι οὐχ ὑμῖν ἐστιν ἡ παράταξις, ἀλλ' ἢ τῷ Θεῷ.

16 αὔριον κατάβητε ἐπ' αὐτούς· ἰδοὺ ἀναβαίνουσι κατὰ τὴν ἀνάβασιν ᾿Ασάς, καὶ εὑρήσετε αὐτοὺς ἐπ' ἄκρου ποταμοῦ τῆς ἐρήμου ᾿Ιεριήλ.

17 οὐχ ὑμῖν ἐστι πολεμῆσαι· ταῦτα σύνετε καὶ ἴδετε τὴν σωτηρίαν Κυρίου μεθ' ὑμῶν, ᾿Ιούδα καὶ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· μὴ φοβηθῆτε μηδὲ πτοηθῆτε αὔριον ἐξελθεῖν εἰς ἀπάντησιν αὐτοῖς, καὶ Κύριος μεθ' ὑμῶν.

18 καὶ κύψας ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ ἐπὶ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ καὶ πᾶς ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἔπεσαν ἔναντι Κυρίου προσκυνῆσαι Κυρίῳ.

19 καὶ ἀνέστησαν οἱ Λευῖται ἀπὸ τῶν υἱῶν Καὰθ καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν υἱῶν Κορὲ αἰνεῖν Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ ἐν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ εἰς ὕψος.

20 Καὶ ὤρθρισαν πρωΐ καὶ ἐξῆλθον εἰς τὴν ἔρημον Θεκωέ, καὶ ἐν τῷ ἐξελθεῖν αὐτοὺς ἔστη ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ καὶ ἐβόησε καὶ εἶπεν· ἀκούσατέ μου ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· ἐμπιστεύσατε ἐν Κυρίῳ Θεῷ ἡμῶν, καὶ ἐμπιστευθήσεσθε· ἐμπιστεύσατε ἐν προφήτῃ αὐτοῦ, καὶ εὐοδωθήσεσθε.

21 καὶ ἐβουλεύσατο μετὰ τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ ἔστησε ψαλτῳδοὺς καὶ αἰνοῦντας ἐξομολογεῖσθαι καὶ αἰνεῖν τὰ ἅγια ἐν τῷ ἐξελθεῖν ἔμπροσθεν τῆς δυνάμεως, καὶ ἔλεγον· ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ, ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ.

22 καὶ ἐν τῷ ἄρξασθαι αὐτοὺς τῆς αἰνέσεως καὶ τῆς ἐξομολογήσεως ἔδωκε Κύριος πολεμεῖν τοὺς υἱοὺς ᾿Αμμὼν ἐπὶ Μωὰβ καὶ ὄρος Σηεὶρ τοὺς ἐξελθόντας ἐπὶ ᾿Ιούδαν, καὶ ἐτροπώθησαν.

23 καὶ ἀνέστησαν οἱ υἱοὶ ᾿Αμμὼν καὶ Μωὰβ ἐπὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ὄρος Σηεὶρ ἐξολοθρεῦσαι καὶ ἐκτρῖψαι αὐτούς· καὶ ὡς συνετέλεσαν τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Σηείρ, ἀνέστησαν εἰς ἀλλήλους τοῦ ἐξολοθρευθῆναι.

24 καὶ ᾿Ιούδας ἦλθεν ἐπὶ τὴν σκοπιὰν τῆς ἐρήμου καὶ ἐπέβλεψε καὶ εἶδε τὸ πλῆθος, καὶ ἰδοὺ πάντες νεκροὶ πεπτωκότες ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, οὐκ ἦν σωζόμενος.

 

25 καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ καὶ ὁ λαὸς αὐτοῦ σκυλεῦσαι τὰ σκῦλα αὐτῶν καὶ εὗρον κτήνη πολλὰ καὶ ἀποσκευὴν καὶ σκῦλα καὶ σκεύη ἐπιθυμητὰ καὶ ἐσκύλευσαν ἐν αὐτοῖς. καὶ ἐγένοντο ἡμέραι τρεῖς σκυλευόντων αὐτῶν τὰ σκῦλα, ὅτι πολλὰ ἦν.

26 καὶ ἐγένετο τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ τετάρτῃ ἐπισυνήχθησαν εἰς τὸν αὐλῶνα τῆς εὐλογίας, ἐκεῖ γὰρ ηὐλόγησαν τὸν Κύριον· διὰ τοῦτο ἐκάλεσαν τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ τόπου ἐκείνου Κοιλὰς εὐλογίας ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης.

27 καὶ ἐπέστρεψε πᾶς ἀνὴρ ᾿Ιούδα εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ ἡγούμενος αὐτῶν ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ μεγάλῃ, ὅτι εὔφρανεν αὐτοὺς Κύριος ἀπὸ τῶν ἐχθρῶν αὐτῶν,

28 καὶ εἰσῆλθον εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἐν νάβλαις καὶ κινύραις καὶ ἐν σάλπιγξιν εἰς οἶκον Κυρίου.

29 καὶ ἐγένετο ἔκστασις Κυρίου ἐπὶ πάσας τὰς βασιλείας τῆς γῆς ἐν τῷ ἀκοῦσαι αὐτοὺς ὅτι Κύριος ἐπολέμησε πρὸς τοὺς ὑπεναντίους ᾿Ισραήλ.

30 καὶ εἰρήνευσεν ἡ βασιλεία ᾿Ιωσαφάτ, καὶ κατέπαυσεν αὐτῷ ὁ Θεὸς αὐτοῦ κυκλόθεν.

31 Καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ ἐπὶ τὸν ᾿Ιούδαν, ὢν ἐτῶν τριακονταπέντε ἐν τῷ βασιλεῦσαι αὐτόν, καὶ εἴκοσι καὶ πέντε ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, καὶ ὄνομα τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ ᾿Αζουβὰ θυγάτηρ Σαλί.

32 καὶ ἐπορεύθη ἐν ταῖς ὁδοῖς τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ ᾿Ασὰ καὶ οὐκ ἐξέκλινε τοῦ ποιῆσαι τὸ εὐθὲς ἐνώπιον Κυρίου·

33 ἀλλὰ τὰ ὑψηλὰ ἔτι ὑπῆρχε, καὶ ἔτι ὁ λαὸς οὐ κατεύθυνε τὴν καρδίαν αὐτῶν πρὸς Κύριον τὸν Θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν.

34 καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ λόγοι ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ οἱ πρῶτοι καὶ οἱ ἔσχατοι ἰδοὺ γεγραμμένοι ἐν λόγοις ᾿Ιοὺ τοῦ ᾿Ανανί, ὃς κατέγραψε βιβλίον βασιλέων ᾿Ισραήλ.

 

35 Καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἐκοινώνησεν ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ βασιλεὺς ᾿Ιούδα πρὸς ᾿Οχοζίαν βασιλέα ᾿Ισραήλ (καὶ οὗτος ἠνόμησεν)

36 ἐν τῷ ποιῆσαι καὶ πορευθῆναι πρὸς αὐτὸν τοῦ ποιῆσαι πλοῖα τοῦ πορευθῆναι εἰς Θαρσεῖς καὶ ἐποίησε πλοῖα ἐν Γασιὼν Γαβέρ.

37 καὶ ἐπροφήτευσεν ᾿Ελιέζερ ὁ τοῦ Δωδία ἀπὸ Μαρισῆς ἐπὶ ᾿Ιωσαφὰτ λέγων· ὡς ἐφιλίασας τῷ ᾿Οχοζίᾳ, ἔθραυσε Κύριος τὸ ἔργον σου, καὶ συνετρίβη τὰ πλοῖά σου. καὶ οὐκ ἐδυνάσθη πορευθῆναι εἰς Θαρσεῖς.


 



 

    

 

    

       

PARALEIPOMENON 2


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And Roboam came to Jerusalem; and he assembled Juda and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand young men fit for war, and he waged war with Israel to recover the kingdom to Roboam.

 

2 And the Word of the Lord came to Samaias the man of God, saying,

3 Speak to Roboam the son of Solomon, and to all Juda and Benjamin, saying,

4 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, and ye shall not war against your brethren: return every one to his home; for this thing is of me. And they hearkened to the word of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

 

5 And Roboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and he built walled cities in Judea.

6 And he built Bethleem, and ∆tan and Thecoe,

 

7 and Baethsura, and Sochoth, and Odollam,

8 and Geth, and Marisa, and Ziph,

9 and Adorai, and Lachis, and Azeca,

10 and Saraa, and ∆lom, and Chebron, which belong to Juda and Benjamin, walled cities.

11 And he fortified them with walls, and placed in them captains, and stores of provisions, oil and wine,

 

12 shields and spears in every several city, and he fortified them very strongly, and he had on his side Juda and Benjamin.

13 And the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel were gathered to him out of all the coasts.

 

14 For the Levites left the tents of their possession, and went to Juda to Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons had ejected them so that they should not minister to the Lord.

15 And he made for himself priests of the high places, and for the idols, and for the vanities, and for the calves which Jeroboam made.

16 And he cast out from the tribes of Israel those who set their heart to seek the Lord God of Israel: and they came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice to the Lord God of their fathers.

17 And they strengthened the kingdom of Juda; and Juda strengthened Roboam the son of Solomon for three years, for he walked three years in the ways of David and Solomon.

18 And Roboam took to himself for a wife, Moolath daughter of Jerimuth the son of David, and Abigaia daughter of Heliab the son of Jessae.

19 And she bore him sons; Jeus, and Samoria, and Zaam.

20 And afterwards he took to himself Maacha the daughter of Abessalom; and she bore him Abia, and Jetthi, and Zeza, and Salemoth.

 

21 And Roboam loved Maacha the daughter of Abessalom more than all his wives and all his concubines: for he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines; and he begot twenty-eight sons, and sixty daughters.

22 And he made Abia the son of Maacha chief, even a leader among his brethren, for he intended to make him king.

23 And he was exalted beyond all his other sons in all the coasts of Juda and Benjamin, and in the strong cities; and he gave them provisions in great abundance: and he desired many wives.

 

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And it came to pass when the kingdom of Roboam was established, and when he had grown strong, that he forsook the commandments of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

2 And it came to pass in the fifth year of the reign of Roboam, Susakim king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had sinned against the Lord,

3 with twelve hundred chariots, and sixty thousand horses: and there was no number of the multitude that came with him from Egypt; Libyans, Trogodytes, and Ethiopians.

4 And they obtained possession of the strong cities, which were in Juda, and came to Jerusalem.

5 And Samaias the prophet came to Roboam, and to the princes of Juda that were gathered to Jerusalem for fear of Susakim, and said to them, Thus said the Lord, Ye have left me, and I will leave you in the hand of Susakim.

6 And the elders of Israel and the king were ashamed, and said, The Lord is righteous.

7 And when the Lord saw that they repented, then came the word of the Lord to Samaias, saying, They have repented; I will not destroy them, but I will set them in safety for a little while, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem.

8 Nevertheless they shall be servants, and know my service, and the service of the kings of the earth.

 

9 So Susakim king of Egypt went up against Jerusalem, and took the treasures that were in the house of the Lord, and the treasures that were in the kingís house: he took all; and he took the golden shields which Solomon had made.

10 And king Roboam made brazen shields instead of them. And Susakim set over him captains of footmen, as keepers of the gate of the king.

 

11 And it came to pass, when the king went into the house of the Lord, the guards and the footmen went in, and they that returned to meet the footmen.

 

12 And when he repented, the anger of the Lord turned from him, and did not destroy him utterly; for there were good things in Juda.

13 So king Roboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: and Roboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, in the city which the Lord chose out of all the tribes of the children of Israel to call his name there: and his motherís name was Noomma the Ammanitess.

 

14 And he did evil, for he directed not his heart to seek the Lord.

15 And the acts of Roboam, the first and the last, behold, are they not written in the book of Samaia the prophet, and Addo the seer, with his achievements. And Roboam made war with Jeroboam all his days.

 

16 And Roboam died with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abia his son reigned in his stead.

 

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In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam Abia began to reign over Juda.

2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. And his motherís name was Maacha, daughter of Uriel of Gabaon. And there was war between Abia and Jeroboam.

3 And Abia set the battle in array with an army, with mighty men of war, even four hundred thousand mighty men: and Jeroboam set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand, they were mighty warriors of the host.

4 And Abia rose up from the mount Somoron, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear ye, Jeroboam, and all Israel:

5 Is it not for you to know that the Lord God of Israel has given a king over Israel for ever to David, and to his sons, by a covenant of salt?

6 But Jeroboam the son of Nabat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and has revolted from his master:

7 and there are gathered to him pestilent men, transgressors, and he has risen up against Roboam the son of Solomon, while Roboam was young and fearful in heart, and he withstood him not.

8 And now ye profess to resist the kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the sons of David; and ye are a great multitude, and with you are golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.

 

9 Did ye not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make to yourselves priests of the people of any other land? whoever came to consecrate himself with a calf of the heard and seven rams, he forthwith became a priest to that which is no god.

10 But we have not forsaken the Lord our God, and his priests, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, minister to the Lord; and in their daily courses

 

11 they sacrifice to the Lord whole-burnt-offering, morning and evening, and compound incense, and set the shewbread on the pure table; and there is the golden candlestick, and the lamps for burning, to light in the evening: for we keep the charge of the Lord God of our fathers; but ye have forsaken him.

12 And, behold, the Lord and his priests are with us at our head, and the signal trumpets to sound an alarm over us. Children of Israel, fight not against the Lord God of our fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

 

13 Now Jeroboam had caused an ambush to come round upon him from behind: and he himself was before Juda, and the ambush behind.

14 And Juda looked back, and, behold, the battle was against them before and behind: and they cried to the Lord, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.

 

15 And the men of Juda shouted: and it came to pass, when the men of Juda shouted, that the Lord smote Jeroboam and Israel before Abia and Juda.

 

16 And the children of Israel fled from before Juda; and the Lord delivered them into their hands.

 

17 And Abia and his people smote them with a great slaughter: and there fell slain of Israel five hundred thousand mighty men.

18 So the children of Israel were brought low in that day, and the children of Juda prevailed, because they trusted on the Lord God of their fathers.

19 And Abia pursued after Jeroboam, and he took from him the cities, Baethel and her towns, and Jesyna and her towns, and Ephron and her towns.

 

 

20 And Jeroboam did not recover strength again all the days of Abia: and the Lord smote him, and he died.

 

21 But Abia strengthened himself, and took to himself fourteen wives, and he begot twenty-two sons, and sixteen daughters.

22 And the rest of the acts of Abia, and his deeds, and his sayings, are written in the book of the prophet Addo.

 

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And Abia died with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David; and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In the days of Asa the land of Juda had rest ten years.

2 And he did that which was good and right in the sight of the Lord his God.

3 And he removed the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and broke the pillars in pieces, and cut down the groves:

4 and he told Juda to seek earnestly the Lord God of their fathers, and to perform the law and commandments.

5 And he removed from all the cities of Juda the altars and the idols, and established in quietness

6 fortified cities in the land of Juda; for the land was quiet, and he had no war in these years; for the Lord gave him rest.

7 And he said to Juda, Let us fortify these cities, and make walls, and towers, and gates, and bars: we shall prevail over the land, for as we have sought out the Lord our God, he has sought out us, and has given us rest round about, and prospered us.

 

8 And Asa had a force of armed men bearing shields and spears in the land of Juda, even three hundred thousand, and in the land of Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand targeteers and archers: all these were mighty warriors.

9 And Zare the Ethiopian went out against them, with a force of a million, and three hundred chariots; and came to Maresa.

10 And Asa went out to meet him, and set the battle in array in the valley north of Maresa.

 

11 And Asa cried to the Lord his God, and said, O Lord, it is not impossible with thee to save by many or by few: strengthen us, O Lord our God; for we trust in thee, and in thy name have we come against this great multitude. O Lord our God, let not man prevail against thee.

 

12 And the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Juda; and the Ethiopians fled.

13 And Asa and his people pursued them to Gedor; and the Ethiopians fell, so that they could not recover themselves; for they were crushed before the Lord, and before his host; and they took many spoils.

 

14 And they destroyed their towns roundabout Gedor; for a terror of the Lord was upon them: and they spoiled all their cities, for they had much spoil.

 

15 Also they destroyed the tents of cattle, and the Alimazons, and took many sheep and camels, and returned to Jerusalem.

 

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And Azarias the son of Odedóupon him came the Spirit of the Lord,

2 and he went out to meet Asa, and all Juda and Benjamin, and said, Hear me, Asa, and all Juda and Benjamin. The Lord is with you, while ye are with him; and if ye seek him out, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

 

3 And Israel has been a long time without the true God, and without a priest to expound the truth, and without the law.

4 But he shall turn them to the Lord God of Israel, and he will be found of them.

5 And in that time there is no peace to one going out, or to one coming in, for the terror of the Lord is upon all that inhabit the lands.

6 And nation shall fight against nation, and city against city; for God has confounded them with every kind of affliction.

7 But be ye strong, and let not your hands be weakened: for there is a reward for your work.

8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophesy of Adad the prophet, then he strengthened himself, and cast out the abominations from all the land of Juda and Benjamin, and from the cities which Jeroboam possessed, in mount Ephraim, and he renewed the altar of the Lord, which was before the temple of the Lord.

9 And he assembled Juda and Benjamin, and the strangers that dwelt with him, of Ephraim, and of Manasse, and of Symeon: for many of Israel were joined to him, when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

 

10 And they assembled at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

 

11 And he sacrificed to the Lord in that day of the spoils which they brought, seven hundred calves and seven thousand sheep.

12 And he entered into a covenant that they should seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul.

13 And that whoever should not seek the Lord God of Israel, should die, whether young or old, whether man or woman.

14 And they swore to the Lord with a loud voice, and with trumpets, and with cornets.

15 And all Juda rejoiced concerning the oath: for they swore with all their heart, and they sought him with all their desires; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.

16 And he removed Maacha his mother from being priestess to Astarte; and he cut down the idol, and burnt it in the brook of Kedron.

 

17 Nevertheless they removed not the high places: they still existed in Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

18 And he brought in the holy things of David his father, and the holy things of the house of God, silver, and gold, and vessels.

19 And there was no war waged with him until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.

 

 

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And in the thirty-eighth year of the reign of Asa, the king of Israel went up against Juda, and built Rama, so as not to allow egress or ingress to Asa king of Juda.

 

2 And Asa took silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord, and of the kingís house, and sent them to the son of Ader king of Syria, which dwelt in Damascus, saying,

3 Make a covenant between me and thee, and between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee gold and silver: come, and turn away from me Baasa king of Israel, and let him depart from me.

 

4 And the son of Ader hearkened to king Asa, and sent the captains of his host against the cities of Israel; and smote ∆on, and Dan, and Abelmain, and all the country round Nephthali.

 

5 And it came to pass when Baasa heard it he left off building Rama, and put a stop to his work:

 

6 then king Asa took all Juda, and took the stones of Rama, and its timber, with which Baasa had built; and he built with them Gabae and Maspha.

 

7 And at that time came Anani the prophet to Asa king of Juda, and said to him, Because thou didst trust on the king of Syria, and didst not trust on the Lord thy God, therefore the army of Syria is escaped out of thy hand.

8 Were not the Ethiopians and Libyans a great force, in courage, in horsemen, in great numbers? and did not He deliver them into thy hands, because thou trustedst in the Lord?

9 For the eyes of the Lord look upon all the earth, to strengthen every heart that is perfect toward him. In this thou hast done foolishly; henceforth there shall be war with thee.

10 And Asa was angry with the prophet, and put him in prison, for he was angry at this: and Asa vexed some of the people at that time.

11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, the first and the last, are written in the book of the kings of Juda and Israel.

 

12 And Asa was diseased in his feet in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, until he was very ill: but in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians.

13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the fortieth year of his reign.

 

14 And they buried him in the sepulchre which he had dug for himself in the city of David, and they laid him on a bed, and filled it with spices and all kinds of perfumes of the apothecaries; and they made for him a very great funeral.

 

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And Josaphat his son reigned in his stead, Josaphat strengthened himself against Israel.

2 And he put garrisons in all the strong cities of Juda, and appointed captains in all the cities of Juda, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.

 

3 And the Lord was with Josaphat, for he walked in the first ways of his father, and did not seek to idols;

 

4 but he sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in the commandments of his father, and not according to the works of Israel.

5 And the Lord prospered the kingdom in his hand; and all Juda gave gifts to Josaphat; and he had great wealth and glory.

6 And his heart was exalted in the way of the Lord; and he removed the high places and the groves from the land of Juda.

7 And in the third year of his reign, he sent his chief men, and his mighty men, Abdias and Zacharias, and Nathanael, and Michaias, to teach in the cities of Juda.

 

 

8 And with them were the Levites, Samaias, and Nathanias, and Zabdias, and Asiel, and Semiramoth, and Jonathan, and Adonias, and Tobias, and Tobadonias, Levites, and with them Elisama and Joram, the priests.

9 And they taught in Juda, and there was with them the book of the law of the Lord, and they passed through the cities of Juda, and taught the people.

10 And a terror of the Lord was upon all the kingdoms of the land round about Juda, and they made no war against Josaphat.

11 And some of the Philistines brought to Josaphat gifts, and silver, and presents; and the Arabians brought him seven thousand seven hundred rams.

 

12 And Josaphat increased in greatness exceedingly, and built in Judea places of abode, and strong cities.

 

13 And he had many works in Judea: and the mighty men of war, the men of strength, were in Jerusalem.

 

14 And this is their number according to the houses of their fathers; even the captains of thousands in Juda were, Ednas the chief, and with him mighty men of strength three hundred thousand.

15 And after him, Joanan the captain, and with him two hundred eighty thousand.

16 And after him Amasias the son of Zari, who was zealous for the Lord; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of strength.

17 And out of Benjamin there was a mighty man of strength, even Eliada, and with him two hundred thousand archers and targeteers.

18 And after him Jozabad, and with him a hundred and eighty thousand mighty men of war.

19 These were the kingís servants besides those whom the king put in the strong cities in all Judea.

 

 

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And Josaphat had yet great wealth and glory, and he connected himself by marriage with the house of Achaab.

2 And he went down after a term of years to Achaab to Samaria: and Achaab slew for him sheep and calves, in abundance, and for the people with him, and he much desired him to go up with him to Ramoth of the country of Galaad.

3 And Achaab king of Israel said to Josaphat king of Juda, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth of the country of Galaad? And he said to him, As I am, so also art thou, as thy people, so also is my people with thee for the war.

4 And Josaphat said to the king of Israel, Seek, I pray thee, the Lord to-day.

5 And the king of Israel gathered the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, Shall I go to Ramoth Galaad to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up, and God shall deliver it into the hands of the king.

 

6 And Josaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we may enquire of him?

7 And the king of Israel said to Josaphat, There is yet one man by whom to enquire of the Lord; but I hate him, for he does not prophesy concerning me for good, for all his days are for evil: this is Michaias the son of Jembla. And Josaphat said, Let not the king say so.

 

8 And the king called an eunuch, and said, Fetch quickly Michaias the son of Jembla.

9 And the king of Israel and Josaphat king of Juda were sitting each on his throne, and clothed in their robes, sitting in the open space at the entrance of the gate of Samaria: and all the prophets were prophesying before them.

10 And Sedekias son of Chanaan made for himself iron horns, and said, Thus saith the Lord, With these thou shalt thrust Syria until it be consumed.

11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth Galaad, and thou shalt prosper; and the Lord shall deliver it into the hands of the king.

 

12 And the messenger that went to call Michaias spoke to him, saying, Behold, the prophets have spoken favourably concerning the king with one mouth; let now, I pray thee, thy words be as the words of one of them, and do thou speak good things.

13 And Michaias said, As the Lord lives, whatever God shall say to me, that will I speak.

14 And he came to the king, and the king said to him, Michaias, shall I go up to Ramoth Galaad to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go up, and thou shalt prosper, and they shall be given into your hands.

15 And the king said to him, How often shall I solemnly charge thee that thou speak to me nothing but truth in the name of the Lord?

16 And he said, I saw Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep without a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no commander; let each return to his home in peace.

 

17 And the king of Israel said to Josaphat, Said I not to thee, that he would not prophesy concerning me good, but evil?

18 But he said, Not so. Hear ye the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven stood by on his right hand and on his left.

 

19 And the Lord said, Who will deceive Achaab king of Israel, that he may go up, and fall in Ramoth Galaad? And one spoke this way, and another spoke that way.

20 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will deceive him. And the Lord said, Whereby?

21 And he said, I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt deceive him, and shalt prevail: go forth, and do so.

22 And now, behold, the Lord has put a false spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord has spoken evil against thee.

23 Then Sedekias the son of Chanaan drew near, and smote Michaias on the cheek, and said to him, By what way passed the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak to thee?

24 And Michaias said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go from chamber to chamber to hide thyself.

25 And the king of Israel said, Take Michaias, and carry him back to Emer the governor of the city, and to Joas the captain, the kingís son;

26 and ye shall say, Thus said the king, Put this fellow into the prison house, and let him eat the bread of affliction, and drink the water of affliction, until I return in peace.

27 And Michaias said, If thou do at all return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me. And he said, Hear, all ye people.

28 So the king of Israel, and Josaphat king of Juda, went up to Ramoth Galaad.

29 And the king of Israel said to Josaphat, Disguise me, and I will enter into the battle: and do thou put on my raiment. so the king of Israel disguised himself, and entered into the battle.

 

30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight neither against small nor great, but only against the king of Israel.

31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Josaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel: and they compassed him about to fight against him: and Josaphat cried out, and the Lord delivered him; and God turned them away from him.

32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned away from him.

33 And a man drew a bow with a good aim, and smote the king of Israel between the lungs and the breast-plate: and he said to the charioteer, Turn thine hand, drive me out of the battle, for I am wounded.

 

34 And the battle turned in that day; and the king of Israel remained on the chariot against Syria until evening, and died at sunset.

 

 

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And Josaphat king of Juda returned to his house at Jerusalem.

2 And there went out to meet him Jeu the prophet the son of Anani, and said to him, King Josaphat, doest thou help a sinner, or act friendly towards one hated of the Lord? Therefore has wrath come upon thee from the Lord.

3 Nevertheless some good things have been found in thee, forasmuch as thou didst remove the groves from the land of Juda, and didst direct thine heart to seek after the Lord.

4 And Josaphat dwelt in Jerusalem: and he again went out among the people from Bersabee to the mount of Ephraim, and turned them back to the Lord God of their fathers.

5 And he appointed judges in all the strong cities of Juda, city by city.

6 And he said to the judges, Take good heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, and with you are matters of judgment.

7 And now let the fear of the Lord be upon you, and be wary, and do your duty: for there is no unrighteousness with the Lord our God, neither is it for him to respect persons, nor take bribes.

8 Moreover Josaphat appointed in Jerusalem some of the priests, and Levites, and heads of houses of Israel, for the judgment of the Lord, and to judge the dwellers in Jerusalem.

9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, in truth and with a perfect heart.

 

10 Whatsoever man of your brethren that dwell in their cities shall bring the cause that comes before you, between blood and blood, and between precept and commandment, and ordinances and judgments, ye shall even decide for them; so they shall not sin against the Lord, and there shall not be wrath upon you, and upon your brethren: thus ye shall do, and ye shall not sin.

11 And, behold, Amarias the priest is head over you in every matter of the Lord; and Zabdias the son of Ismael is head over the house of Juda in every matter of the king; and the scribes and Levites are before you: be strong and active, and the Lord shall be with the good.

 

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And after this came the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them some of the Minaeans, against Josaphat to battle.

2 And they came and told Josaphat, saying, There is come against thee a great multitude from Syria, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Asasan Thamar, this is Engadi.

3 And Josaphat was alarmed, and set his face to seek the Lord earnestly, and he proclaimed a fast in all Juda.

4 And Juda gathered themselves together to seek after the Lord: even from all the cities of Juda they came to seek the Lord.

5 And Josaphat stood up in the assembly of Juda in Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, in front of the new court.

6 And he said, O Lord God of my fathers, art not thou God in heaven above, and art not thou Lord of all the kingdoms of the nations? and is there not in thy hand the might of dominion, and there is no one who can resist thee?

7 Art not thou the Lord that didst destroy the inhabitants of this land before the face of thy people Israel, and didst give it to thy beloved seed of Abraham for ever?

8 And they dwelt in it, and built in it a sanctuary to thy name, saying,

9 If there should come upon us evils, sword, judgment, pestilence, famine, we will stand before this house, and before thee, (for thy name is upon this house,)and we will cry to thee because of the affliction, and thou shalt hear, and deliver.

10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon, and Moab, and mount Seir, with regard to whom thou didst not permit Israel to pass through their border, when they had come out of the land of Egypt, (for they turned away from them, and did not destroy them;)

11 yet now, behold, they make attempts against us, to come forth to cast us out from our inheritance which thou gavest us.

12 O Lord our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no strength to resist this great multitude that is come against us; and we know not what we shall do to them: but our eyes are toward thee.

 

13 And all Juda was standing before the Lord, and their children, and their wives.

14 And Oziel the son of Zacharias, of the children of Banaias, of the sons of Eleiel, the sons of Matthanias the Levite, of the sons of Asaph, óupon him came the Spirit of the Lord in the assembly:

15 and he said, Hear ye, all Juda, and the dwellers in Jerusalem, and king Josaphat: Thus saith the Lord to you, even you, Fear not, neither be alarmed, before all this great multitude; for the battle is not years, but Godís.

 

16 To-morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the ascent of Assis, and ye shall find them at the extremity of the river of the wilderness of Jeriel.

17 It is not for you to fight: understand these things, and see the deliverance of the Lord with you, Juda and Jerusalem: fear not, neither be afraid to go forth to-morrow to meet them; and the Lord shall be with you.

18 And Josaphat bowed with his face to the ground with all Juda and the dwellers in Jerusalem, and they fell before the Lord to worship the Lord.

19 And the Levites of the children of Caath, and they of the sons of Core, rose up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

20 And they rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Thecoe: and as they went out, Josaphat stood and cried, and said, Hear me, Juda, and the dwellers in Jerusalem; put your trust in the Lord God, and your trust shall be honored; trust in his prophet, and ye shall prosper.

 

21 And he took counsel with the people, and set appointed men to sing psalms and praises, to give thanks, and sing the holy songs of praise in going forth before the host: and they said, Give thanks to the Lord, for his mercy endures for ever.

22 And when they began the praise and thanksgiving, the Lord caused the children of Ammon to fight against Moab, and the inhabitants of mount Seir that came out against Juda; and they were routed.

23 Then the children of Ammon and Moab rose up against the dwellers in mount Seir, to destroy and consume them; and when they had made an end of destroying the inhabitants of Seir, they rose up against one another so that they were utterly destroyed.

24 And Juda came to the watch-tower of the wilderness, and looked, and saw the multitude, and, behold, they were all fallen dead upon the earth, not one escaped.

25 And Josaphat and his people went out to spoil them, and they found much cattle, and furniture, and spoils, and precious things: and they spoiled them, and they were three days gathering the spoil, for it was abundant.

 

26 And it came to pass on the fourth day they were gathered to the Valley of Blessing; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore they called the name of the place the Valley of Blessing, until this day.

 

27 And all the men of Juda returned to Jerusalem, and Josaphat led them with great joy; for the Lord gave them joy over their enemies.

 

28 And they entered into Jerusalem with lutes and harps and trumpets, going into the house of the lord.

29 And there was a terror of the Lord upon all the kingdoms of the land, when they heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.

30 And the kingdom of Josaphat was at peace; and his God gave him rest round about.

31 And Josaphat reigned over Juda, being thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem: and his motherís name was Azuba, daughter of Sali.

 

32 And he walked in the ways of his father Asa, and turned not aside from doing that which was right in the sight of the Lord.

33 nevertheless the high places yet remained; and as yet the people did not direct their heart to the Lord God of their fathers.

34 And the rest of the acts of Josaphat, the first and the last, behold, they are written in the history of Jeu the son of Anani, who wrote the book of the kings of Israel.

35 And afterwards Josaphat king of Juda entered into an alliance with Ochozias king of Israel, (now this was an unrighteous man,)

36 by acting with and going to him, to build ships to go to Tharsis: and he built ships in Gasion Gaber.

 

37 And Eliezer thee son of Dodia of Marisa prophesied against Josaphat, saying, Forasmuch as thou hast allied thyself with Ochozias, the Lord has broken thy work, and thy vessels have been wrecked. And they could not go to Tharsis.


 

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