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.