2 Chronicles 20:21

“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed Singers vnto the Lord, and that should praise the beautie of holinesse, as they went out before the armie; and to say, Praise the Lord, for his mercy endureth for euer.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised {Him} in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, "Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed them that should sing unto Jehovah, and give praise in holy array, as they went out before the army, and say, Give thanks unto Jehovah; for his lovingkindness `endureth' for ever.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And after discussion with the people, he put in their places those who were to make melody to the Lord, praising him in holy robes, while they went at the head of the army, and saying, May the Lord be praised, for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
- Basic English Bible

And he consulted with the people, and appointed singers to Jehovah, and those that should praise in holy splendour, as they went forth before the armed men, and say, Give thanks to Jehovah; for his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever!
- Darby Bible

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
- Webster's Bible

When he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who should sing to Yahweh, and give praise in holy array, as they went out before the army, and say, Give thanks to Yahweh; for his loving kindness endures forever.
- World English Bible

And he taketh counsel with the people, and appointeth singers to Jehovah, and those giving praise to the honour of holiness, in the going out before the armed [men], and saying, `Give ye thanks to Jehovah, for to the age [is] His kindness.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed them that should sing unto the LORD, and praise in the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and say: 'Give thanks unto the LORD, for His mercy endureth for ever.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Chronicles 20:21


20:21 Consulted - Jehoshaphat called a counsel of war, and it was resolved, to appoint singers to go out before the army, who had nothing to do, but to praise God, to praise his holiness, which is his beauty, to praise him as they did in the temple, that beauty of holiness. By this strange advance to the field of battle, Jehoshaphat shewed his firm reliance on the word of God, which enabled him to triumph before the battle, to animate his own men and confound the enemy.


Discussion for 2 Chronicles 20

  • Youlanda
    This is a awesome text because it reveals. when a crisis comes up stop and consult GOD but listen for instruction on the manner. follow the instructions. PRAISE and WORSHIP GOD before and after with thanksgiving. He will never leave or for shake you. he will be with you always.
  • Twerefour Asiedu Samuel
    One have got to be resolute and give thanks to God in all situations,for the secrete of thanks giving is victory.
  • ENOCH ATANDUNDU
    One need to have faith in God and not fear for God is in control of every battle that we are facing.
  • Medi
    ITS very important to report our GOD any kind of threty that comes across us no matter how small or big it may be .that's why Jehoshaphat did not conslute any one other than God who led them through from the dead sea, AMAN
  • PHYLLIS for verse 19
    sometimes in life, we have to stop talking to GOD,we should just praise and worship HIS holy name in hard days for praises moves HIM.TRUSTING HIM IN DIFFICULTIES INCREASES OUR FAITH IN HIM
  • DaddyZ7 for verse 22
    Hallelujah! I am encouraged...when the enemy comes against me with unfair odds 3 against 1 . AND a sneak attack ambush ... God turns the attack and let 's us SMITE the enemy. God give us the song of the Lord to wage war against the enemy. The end result...VICTORY!!!

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