What marriages can do

2 Chronicles Bible Background

06.05.2017 Old Testament: 2Ch 18.2–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Chronicles 17–19 on June 5, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Yes, marriage is good, but we need to think about the family into whom we shall marry. King Jehoshaphat may not have given as much thought to that as he should have, because he married the daughter of wicked Ahab, king of Israel. Then this happened,

After some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria; and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead. So Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?” And he answered him, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will be with you in the war” (2 Chronicles 18.2–3). 

Jehoshaphat willingly submitted himself and his kingdom to the whims of a wicked man. Yes, later Jehoshaphat wanted to know what a prophet of Yahweh had to say about the matter, but the king had already committed himself to the war.


  • Do you make commitments, then ask the Lord whether it is a good idea?

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