20:3 Jehoshaphat was afraid, so he decided to seek the Lord’s advice. 1 He decreed that all Judah should observe a fast. 20:4 The people of Judah 2 assembled to ask for the Lord’s help; 3 they came from all the cities of Judah to ask for the Lord’s help. 4
20:5 Jehoshaphat stood before the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem 5 at the Lord’s temple, in front of the new courtyard. 20:6 He prayed: “O Lord God of our ancestors, 6 you are the God who lives in heaven 7 and rules over all the kingdoms of the nations. You possess strength and power; no one can stand against you. 20:7 Our God, you drove out 8 the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and gave it as a permanent possession 9 to the descendants of your friend 10 Abraham. 20:8 They settled down in it and built in it a temple 11 to honor you, 12 saying, 20:9 ‘If disaster comes on us in the form of military attack, 13 judgment, plague, or famine, we will stand in front of this temple before you, for you are present in this temple. 14 We will cry out to you for help in our distress, so that you will 15 hear and deliver us.’ 20:10 Now the Ammonites, Moabites, and men from Mount Seir are coming! 16 When Israel came from the land of Egypt, you did not allow them to invade these lands. 17 They bypassed them and did not destroy them. 20:11 Look how they are repaying us! They come to drive us out of our allotted land which you assigned to us! 20:12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless against this huge army that attacks us! We don’t know what we should do; we look to you for help.” 18
20:13 All the men of Judah 19 were standing before the Lord, along with their infants, wives, and children.