The growing strength of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 17:10-17:12)

“The fear of Yahweh fell on all the kingdoms of the lands around Judah. They did not make war against King Jehoshaphat. Some of the Philistines brought King Jehoshaphat presents and silver for tribute. The Arabs also brought him seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred male goats. King Jehoshaphat grew steadily greater.”

King Jehoshaphat lived in peace. All those around him feared Yahweh. This is strange since most of the other countries were not Yahweh worshipers. The Philistines and the Arabs came with tribute of silver and livestock. This biblical author does not specify how much silver the Philistines brought. However, the 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats of the Arabs were very specific. Notice the usage of the lucky number 7. King Jehoshaphat was getting more powerful.

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