2 Chronicles 17:12
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New International Version
Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah

King James Bible
And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehoshaphat waxed exceeding great; and he built in Judah castles and store-cities.

World English Bible
Jehoshaphat grew great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles and cities of store.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehoshaphat is going on and becoming very great, and he buildeth in Judah palaces and cities of store,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The Philistines brought - presents - They and the Arabians purchased peace with the king of Judah by paying an annual tribute. The Philistines brought silver, and no doubt different kinds of merchandise, The Arabs, whose riches consisted in cattle, brought him flocks in great abundance, principally rams and he-goats.

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3092-3115 B.C.

waxed great

2 Chronicles 18:1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

1 Chronicles 29:25 And the LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel...

in Judah

2 Chronicles 8:2-6 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there...

2 Chronicles 11:5-12 And Rehoboam dwelled in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah...

2 Chronicles 14:6,7 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest...

2 Chronicles 26:6-9 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod...

2 Chronicles 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

2 Chronicles 32:5,27-29 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without...

castles. or, palaces

Jehoshaphat's Reform
'And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel. 2. And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken. 3. And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; 4. But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in His commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. 5. Therefore the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The comparative indifference with which Chronicles is regarded in modern times by all but professional scholars seems to have been shared by the ancient Jewish church. Though written by the same hand as wrote Ezra-Nehemiah, and forming, together with these books, a continuous history of Judah, it is placed after them in the Hebrew Bible, of which it forms the concluding book; and this no doubt points to the fact that it attained canonical distinction later than they. Nor is this unnatural. The book
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 1:11
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

2 Chronicles 17:11
Some Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and silver as tribute, and the Arabs brought him flocks: seven thousand seven hundred rams and seven thousand seven hundred goats.

2 Chronicles 17:13
and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.

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