6 and he said: ‘O Hashem, the God of our fathers, art not Thou alone God in heaven? and art not Thou ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? and in Thy hand is power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee.
ו וַיֹּאמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתֵינוּ הֲלֹא אַתָּה הוּא אֱלֹהִים בַּשָּׁמַיִם וְאַתָּה מוֹשֵׁל בְּכֹל מַמְלְכוֹת הַגּוֹיִם וּבְיָדְךָ כֹּחַ וּגְבוּרָה וְאֵין עִמְּךָ לְהִתְיַצֵּב.
8 And they dwelt therein, and have built Thee a sanctuary therein for Thy name, saying:
ח וַיֵּשְׁבוּ בָהּ וַיִּבְנוּ לְךָ בָּהּ מִקְדָּשׁ לְשִׁמְךָ לֵאמֹר.
9 If evil come upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before Thee–for Thy name is in this house–and cry unto Thee in our affliction, and Thou wilt hear and save.
ט אִם תָּבוֹא עָלֵינוּ רָעָה חֶרֶב שְׁפוֹט וְדֶבֶר וְרָעָב נַעַמְדָה לִפְנֵי הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה וּלְפָנֶיךָ כִּי שִׁמְךָ בַּבַּיִת הַזֶּה וְנִזְעַק אֵלֶיךָ מִצָּרָתֵנוּ וְתִשְׁמַע וְתוֹשִׁיעַ.
10 And now, behold, the children of Amon and Moav and mount Seir, whom Thou wouldest not let Yisrael invade, when they came out of the land of Mitzrayim, but they turned aside from them, and destroyed them not;
11 behold, they render unto us [evil], to come to cast us out of Thy possession, which Thou hast given us to inherit.
יא וְהִנֵּה הֵם גֹּמְלִים עָלֵינוּ לָבוֹא לְגָרְשֵׁנוּ מִיְּרֻשָּׁתְךָ אֲשֶׁר הוֹרַשְׁתָּנוּ.
12 O our God, wilt Thou not execute judgment on them? for we have no might against this great multitude that cometh against us; neither know we what to do; but our eyes are upon Thee.’
יב אֱלֹהֵינוּ הֲלֹא תִשְׁפָּט בָּם כִּי אֵין בָּנוּ כֹּחַ לִפְנֵי הֶהָמוֹן הָרָב הַזֶּה הַבָּא עָלֵינוּ וַאֲנַחְנוּ לֹא נֵדַע מַה נַּעֲשֶׂה כִּי עָלֶיךָ עֵינֵינוּ.
13 And all Yehudah stood before Hashem, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
יג וְכֹל יְהוּדָה עֹמְדִים לִפְנֵי יְהוָה גַּם טַפָּם נְשֵׁיהֶם וּבְנֵיהֶם.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite, of the sons of Asaf, came the spirit of Hashem in the midst of the congregation;
יד וְיַחֲזִיאֵל בֶּן זְכַרְיָהוּ בֶּן בְּנָיָה בֶּן יְעִיאֵל בֶּן מַתַּנְיָה הַלֵּוִי מִן בְּנֵי אָסָף הָיְתָה עָלָיו רוּחַ יְהוָה בְּתוֹךְ הַקָּהָל.
15 and he said: ‘Hearken ye, all Yehudah, and ye inhabitants of Yerushalayim, and thou king Yehoshafat: thus saith Hashem unto you: Fear not ye, neither be dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
16 To-morrow go ye down against them; behold, they come up by the ascent of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the valley, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
טז מָחָר רְדוּ עֲלֵיהֶם הִנָּם עֹלִים בְּמַעֲלֵה הַצִּיץ וּמְצָאתֶם אֹתָם בְּסוֹף הַנַּחַל פְּנֵי מִדְבַּר יְרוּאֵל.
17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of Hashem with you, O Yehudah and Yerushalayim; fear not, nor be dismayed; to-morrow go out against them; for Hashem is with you.’
יז לֹא לָכֶם לְהִלָּחֵם בָּזֹאת הִתְיַצְּבוּ עִמְדוּ וּרְאוּ אֶת יְשׁוּעַת יְהוָה עִמָּכֶם יְהוּדָה וִירוּשָׁלִַם אַל תִּירְאוּ וְאַל תֵּחַתּוּ מָחָר צְאוּ לִפְנֵיהֶם וַיהוָה עִמָּכֶם.
19 And the Leviim, of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites, stood up to praise Hashem, the God of Yisrael, with an exceeding loud voice.
יט וַיָּקֻמוּ הַלְוִיִּם מִן בְּנֵי הַקְּהָתִים וּמִן בְּנֵי הַקָּרְחִים לְהַלֵּל לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל לְמָעְלָה.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went forth, Yehoshafat stood and said: ‘Hear me, O Yehudah, and ye inhabitants of Yerushalayim; believe in Hashem your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper.’
21 And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed them that should sing unto Hashem, and praise in the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and say: ‘Give thanks unto Hashem, for His mercy endureth for ever.’
כא וַיִּוָּעַץ אֶל הָעָם וַיַּעֲמֵד מְשֹׁרְרִים לַיהוָה וּמְהַלְלִים לְהַדְרַת קֹדֶשׁ בְּצֵאת לִפְנֵי הֶחָלוּץ וְאֹמְרִים הוֹדוּ לַיהוָה כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ.
23 For the children of Amon and Moav stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them; and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
24 And when Yehudah came to the watch-tower of the wilderness, they looked upon the multitude; and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and there were none that escaped.
כד וִיהוּדָה בָּא עַל הַמִּצְפֶּה לַמִּדְבָּר וַיִּפְנוּ אֶל הֶהָמוֹן וְהִנָּם פְּגָרִים נֹפְלִים אַרְצָה וְאֵין פְּלֵיטָה.
25 And when Yehoshafat and his people came to take the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches and dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much.
כה וַיָּבֹא יְהוֹשָׁפָט וְעַמּוֹ לָבֹז אֶת שְׁלָלָם וַיִּמְצְאוּ בָהֶם לָרֹב וּרְכוּשׁ וּפְגָרִים וּכְלֵי חֲמֻדוֹת וַיְנַצְּלוּ לָהֶם לְאֵין מַשָּׂא וַיִּהְיוּ יָמִים שְׁלוֹשָׁה בֹּזְזִים אֶת הַשָּׁלָל כִּי רַב הוּא.
26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley of Beracah; for there they blessed Hashem; therefore the name of that place was called the valley of Beracah, unto this day.
u-va-YOM ha-r’-vi-EE nik-ha-LU l’-AY-mek b’-ra-KHAH kee sham bay-r’-KHU et a-do-NAI al kayn ka-r’-U et shaym ha-ma-KOM ha-HU AY-mek b’-ra-KHAH ad ha-YOM
כו וּבַיּוֹם הָרְבִעִי נִקְהֲלוּ לְעֵמֶק בְּרָכָה כִּי שָׁם בֵּרְכוּ אֶת יְהוָה עַל כֵּן קָרְאוּ אֶת שֵׁם הַמָּקוֹם הַהוּא עֵמֶק בְּרָכָה עַד הַיּוֹם.
20:26 Therefore the name of that place was called the valley of Beracah, unto this day
After God miraculously defeats their enemies, Jehoshaphat gathers the people together to bless the Lord. The site of this blessing is named “the valley of Beracah,” since ‘beracha’ is the Hebrew word for blessing. This valley is located in the Etzion block and surrounded by the Jewish towns of Carmei Tzur, Bat Ayin, Kfar Etzion and Alon Shvut. The land is truly blessed and is known for its fertile soil. The Gush Etzion Winery, located just outside the town of Alon Shvut, has an experimental vineyard in the valley. The grapes grown there are used for their high-end blended red series of wines known as Emek Bracha, Hebrew for valley of Beracah.
28 And they came to Yerushalayim with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of Hashem.
כח וַיָּבֹאוּ יְרוּשָׁלִַם בִּנְבָלִים וּבְכִנֹּרוֹת וּבַחֲצֹצְרוֹת אֶל בֵּית יְהוָה.
29 And a terror from God was on all the kingdoms of the countries, when they heard that Hashem fought against the enemies of Yisrael.
כט וַיְהִי פַּחַד אֱלֹהִים עַל כָּל מַמְלְכוֹת הָאֲרָצוֹת בְּשָׁמְעָם כִּי נִלְחַם יְהוָה עִם אוֹיְבֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.
30 So the realm of Yehoshafat was quiet; for his God gave him rest round about.
ל וַתִּשְׁקֹט מַלְכוּת יְהוֹשָׁפָט וַיָּנַח לוֹ אֱלֹהָיו מִסָּבִיב.
31 And Yehoshafat reigned over Yehudah; he was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Yerushalayim; and his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of Hashem.
לב וַיֵּלֶךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ אָבִיו אָסָא וְלֹא סָר מִמֶּנָּה לַעֲשׂוֹת הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה.
33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away; neither as yet had the people set their hearts unto the God of their fathers.
לג אַךְ הַבָּמוֹת לֹא סָרוּ וְעוֹד הָעָם לֹא הֵכִינוּ לְבָבָם לֵאלֹהֵי אֲבֹתֵיהֶם.
36 and he joined him with himself to make ships to go to Tarshish; and they made the ships in Ezion-geber.
לו וַיְחַבְּרֵהוּ עִמּוֹ לַעֲשׂוֹת אֳנִיּוֹת לָלֶכֶת תַּרְשִׁישׁ וַיַּעֲשׂוּ אֳנִיּוֹת בְּעֶצְיוֹן גָּבֶר.
37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Yehoshafat, saying: ‘Because thou hast joined thyself with Achazyahu, Hashem hath made a breach in thy works.’ And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.