20 They received help against these enemies because they cried out to God in battle, and the Hagrites and all their allies were handed over to them.(A) He granted their request because they trusted in Him.(B)

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Victory and Plunder

20 In the morning they got up early and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa. As they were about to go out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in Yahweh your God, and you will be established;(A) believe in His prophets, and you will succeed.”

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It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.(A)

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It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in nobles.(A)

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You will keep the mind that is dependent on You
in perfect peace,(A)
for it is trusting in You.

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17 If the God we serve exists,[a] then He can rescue(A) us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18 But even if He does not rescue us,[b] we want you as king to know that we will not serve(B) your gods(C) or worship the gold statue you set up.”

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 3:17 They do not doubt God’s existence as 3:18 shows. The “if” is part of an argument used to defend their refusal to serve Babylonian gods.
  2. Daniel 3:18 Lit But if not

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