The death of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 20:35-21:1)

“After this, King Jehoshaphat of Judah joined with King Ahaziah of Israel, who did wickedly. He joined him in building ships to go to Tarshish. They built the ships in Ezion-geber. Then Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against King Jehoshaphat, saying. ‘Because you have joined with King Ahaziah, Yahweh will destroy what you have made.’ The ships were wrecked as they were not able to go to Tarshish. King Jehoshaphat slept with his ancestors. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of David.”

This is like a postscript also based on 1 Kings, chapter 22, but drastically revised. In 1 Kings, King Jehoshaphat wanted to get gold from Ophir like King Solomon had done. However, his ships were destroyed in a shipwreck. Here the wicked King Ahaziah, the son of King Ahab, wanted to collaborate with King Jehoshaphat in sharing ships. Because they did, Yahweh destroyed the ships. Eliezer the prophet prophesied about this destruction. Many others had this same name of Eliezer, including some Levites, but this prophet only appears here. King Jehoshaphat died and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David in some honorable fashion.

The death of King Jehoshaphat (1 Kings 22:45-22:51)

“Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his power that he showed, and how he waged war, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah?  The remnant of the male temple prostitutes who were still in land in the days of his father King Asa, he exterminated. There was no king in Edom. A deputy was king. King Jehoshaphat made ships of the Tarshish type to go to Ophir for gold. However, they did not go, for the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber. Then King Ahaziah son of King Ahab said to King Jehoshaphat. ‘Let my servants go with your servants in the ships.’ King Jehoshaphat, however, was not willing. King Jehoshaphat slept with his ancestors. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of David his father. His son King Jehoram succeeded him.”

Of course, if you want more information you can refer to the lost “Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah.” King Jehoshaphat got rid of the male temple prostitutes who had been around under his father’s reign. King Jehoshaphat wanted to get gold from Ophir like King Solomon had done. However, his ships were destroyed in a shipwreck. There was no king in Edom so that he had the ability to move around in that area. King Ahaziah, son of King Ahab, wanted to collaborate with King Jehoshaphat in sharing ships, but after the battle at Ramoth-gilead, he was not willing to work with King Ahab’s son. When King Jehoshaphat died he was buried in the city of David. His son King Jehoram succeeded him, but he is not the son of King Ahab who had the same name. No wonder things sound so confusing.