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CHRONICLES II / ΠΑΡΑΛΕΙΠΟΜΕΝΩΝ Β

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1 And after this came the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them [some] of the Kinaeans, 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,-- upon 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 God’s. 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. 7 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 hey 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 mother’s 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. 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, ῥομφαία, 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.

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