The Message

2 Chronicles 19

11-3 But Jehoshaphat king of Judah got home safe and sound. Jehu, son of Hanani the seer, confronted King Jehoshaphat: “You have no business helping evil, cozying up to God-haters. Because you did this, God is good and angry with you. But you’re not all bad—you made a clean sweep of the polluting sex-and-religion shrines; and you were single-minded in seeking God.”

Jehoshaphat kept his residence in Jerusalem but made a regular round of visits among the people, from Beersheba in the south to Mount Ephraim in the north, urging them to return to God, the God of their ancestors.

5-7 And he was diligent in appointing judges in the land—each of the fortress cities had its judge. He charged the judges: “This is serious work; do it carefully. You are not merely judging between men and women; these are God’s judgments that you are passing on. Live in the fear of God—be most careful, for God hates dishonesty, partiality, and bribery.”

8-10 In Jerusalem Jehoshaphat also appointed Levites, priests, and family heads to decide on matters that had to do with worship and mediating local differences. He charged them: “Do your work in the fear of God; be dependable and honest in your duties. When a case comes before you involving any of your fellow citizens, whether it seems large (like murder) or small (like matters of interpretation of the law), you are responsible for warning them that they are dealing with God. Make that explicit, otherwise both you and they are going to be dealing with God’s wrath. Do your work well or you’ll end up being as guilty as they are.

11 “Amariah the chief priest is in charge of all cases regarding the worship of God; Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the leader of the tribe of Judah, is in charge of all civil cases; the Levites will keep order in the courts. Be bold and diligent. And God be with you as you do your best.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

历代志下 19

先知责备约沙法

1犹大王约沙法平安地回到耶路撒冷的宫中。 哈拿尼先见的儿子耶户出来迎接约沙法王,对他说:“你怎能帮助恶人,爱那憎恨耶和华的人呢?你这样做已经惹怒耶和华了。 然而你还有善行,因为你铲除境内的亚舍拉神像,立志寻求上帝。”

约沙法的改革

约沙法在耶路撒冷住了一段时间后,就出巡民间,从别示巴一直走到以法莲山区,引导民众归向他们祖先的上帝耶和华。 他又在犹大各坚城委任审判官, 对他们说:“你们办事必须谨慎,因为你们不是为人而是为耶和华断案,你们断案的时候,耶和华必与你们同在。 现在你们应当敬畏耶和华,谨慎办事,因为我们的上帝耶和华毫无不义,不偏待人,不受贿赂。”

约沙法还在耶路撒冷委任一些利未人、祭司和以色列族长替耶和华断案,审理诉讼。他们就住在耶路撒冷。 约沙法训导他们说:“你们要怀着敬畏耶和华的心,全心全意地办事。 10 各城中的同胞若把案件带到你们面前,无论是杀人流血,还是有关律法、诫命、律例和典章的案件,你们都要警告他们不要得罪耶和华,免得耶和华的烈怒临到你们和你们的同胞。你们这样行,就没有罪了。 11 凡有关耶和华的事,由亚玛利雅大祭司监督你们;凡有关君王的事,由犹大支派的族长以实玛利的儿子西巴第雅监督你们。利未人做官长协助你们。你们要行事勇敢,愿耶和华与正直的人同在!”