“Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” 2 Chron. 20:3 (NASB)
Jehoshaphat (Je-hosh-a-fat) was the fourth king of Judah after Israel split into two kingdoms following Solomon’s death. He reigned from around 873-848 BC. Jehoshaphat sought the Lord with all his heart (2 Chron. 22:9) and did many good things for his kingdom. He took down the high places of idol worship and sent officials and priests to teach the people the book of the law. Jehoshaphat himself even went throughout Judah to bring back the people to the law of God after he was rebuked by God’s prophet for his ill-advised alliance with evil King Ahab of Israel (2 Chron. 19:1-4).