Bible Commentary: 2 Chronicles 20:1-30

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2 Chronicles 20:1-30

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"But Our Eyes Are Upon You" 

One of Jehoshaphat's better moments comes when Moab, Ammon and Edomites of Mount Seir initiate a war with Judah. Jehoshaphat calls a fast, assembles the nation together at the temple and seeks God's deliverance through heartfelt prayer. Jehoshaphat prays: "O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You" (verse 12).

In response, God informs the people of Judah that in the upcoming "battle" they will not have to fight at all, and yet the victory will be theirs. Jehoshaphat believes God, and the next morning the army marches forth singing praises to God instead of planning battle strategies. When they arrive, at an area about 10 miles south of Jerusalem, the opposing armies have fought among themselves and killed each other—an incredible and obvious miracle that strikes fear in the hearts of enemy nations.