1 Kings 22:43, Did Jehoshaphat remove the high places?

In everything he walked in 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.

//There are many contradictions in the Bible—I can quote several—and here’s another apparent one. Doesn’t the parallel verse in Chronicles say just the opposite?

2 Chronicles 17:6, His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah.

I’ve seen this topic quoted multiple times as a biblical contradiction. But, in fact, it is not. Anyone who quotes these verses to discredit the Bible is doing some sloppy homework. Three chapters later in Chronicles comes the true parallel passage, including this verse:

2 Chronicles 20:33 The high places, however, were not removed, and the people still had not set their hearts on the God of their fathers.

It appears Jehoshaphat started out on the straight and narrow, but the idolatry of the people crept back over the course of his 25-year reign.

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