1 Kings 22 Demise of male hookers


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1 Kings 22:41 Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. 42 Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. His mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. 43 In everything he followed the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. The high places, however, were not removed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.[c] 44 Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel.

45 As for the other events of Jehoshaphat’s reign, the things he achieved and his military exploits, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 46 He rid the land of the rest of the male shrine prostitutes who remained there even after the reign of his father Asa. 47 There was then no king in Edom; a provincial governor ruled.

48 Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships[d] to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail—they were wrecked at Ezion Geber. 49 At that time Ahaziah son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Let my men sail with yours,” but Jehoshaphat refused.

50 Then Jehoshaphat rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of David his father. And Jehoram his son succeeded him as king.

51 Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 52 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, because he followed the ways of his father and mother and of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. 53 He served and worshiped Baal and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, just as his father had done.​

c. 1 Kings 22:43 In Hebrew texts this sentence (22:43b) is numbered 22:44, and 22:44-53 is numbered 22:45-54.
d. 1 Kings 22:48 Hebrew of ships of Tarshish

Apparently, when I get to Chronicles, there's going to be a whole slew of new information. It's been heavy reading until now... and maybe this is just a day to show a few important points and leave all the arguments the commentaries hint to until I get to Chronicles.

This is from easy English site.

Next, there is a short account of the rule of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. He followed the good ways of his father Asa. He did not remove the places of worship on the hills. But he removed the males who sold their bodies for sex in the worship of Baal.

There was no king in Edom because Judah still controlled it. Eziongeber was in Edom. Jehoshaphat intended to use this port in a trading scheme that could make him very wealthy. Solomon had succeeded with a similar scheme (1 Kings 9:26-28). Jehoshaphat tried to work with Ahaziah, Ahab’s son. But Jehoshaphat’s scheme failed. A storm destroyed the ships.

2 Chronicles 20:35-37 contains more information about this event. God would not allow the plan to succeed. He did not want Jehoshaphat to have such a close relationship with Ahab’s family. When Ahaziah again invited Jehoshaphat to trade, Jehoshaphat refused. Jehoshaphat realised because of the storm that the Lord did not want him to continue this agreement.

Ahaziah only ruled for two years. Like Ahab, Jezebel and Jeroboam, he was a very evil ruler. He made God very angry.

Who knew.... male prostitutes in the church.... who would have guessed.... oh wait.... Jehoshaphat was cleaning out the temples... way back then.... when religion was so new.... relatively.... and Jehoshaphat was removing the male prostitutes from the temple.

No wonder Jehoshaphat's boats sank in a storm.... God didn't want Jehoshaphat getting into business of any kind with Ahab's son Ahaziah. Apparently the apple didn't fall far from Jezebel's tree... right?

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