19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him,
and said to king Jehoshaphat, a Shouldest thou help the
ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore [is]
wrath upon thee from before the LORD.
(a) He declares that the wrath of God is over everyone who
supports the wicked and does not show in their actions
that they are enemies to everyone that hates the Lord.
19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again
b through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and
brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
(b) He visited all his country and brought his people from
idolatry to the knowledge of the true God.
19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge
not for man, but for the LORD, who [is] c with you in the
(c) Both to preserve you if you do justly or to punish you,
if you do the contrary.
19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take
heed and do [it]: for [there is] no d iniquity with the
LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
(d) He will declare by the sharpness of the punishment that
he hates all iniquity.
19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites,
and [of] the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of
Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for
controversies, when they e returned to Jerusalem.
(e) The priests and Levites who should judge matters
according to the word of the Lord.
19:10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren
that dwell in their cities, between f blood and blood,
between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye
shall even warn them that they trespass not against the
LORD, and [so] g wrath come upon you, and upon your
brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.
(f) That is, to decide whether or not the murder was done
on purpose, (Nu 35:11,De 4:41).
(g) Meaning, that God would punish them most sharply if
they would not execute justice correctly.
19:11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest [is] over you in all
matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the
ruler of the house of Judah, for all the h king's
matters: also the Levites [shall be] officers i before
you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the k
(h) Shall be chief overseer of the public affairs of the
(i) They will have the handling of inferior causes.
(k) God will assist them that do justice.