2 Chronicles 18
18 1Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and he joined
affinity with Ahab.
2And after certain years he went down to Ahab to
Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the
people that were with him, and moved him to go up with him to
3And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of
Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as
thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in
4And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire first, I
pray thee, for the word of Jehovah.
5Then the king of Israel gathered the
prophets together, four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to
Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God
will deliver it into the hand of the king.
6But Jehoshaphat said, Is
there not here a prophet of Jehovah besides, that we may inquire of him?
7And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by
whom we may inquire of Jehovah: but I hate him; for he never prophesieth good
concerning me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And
Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
8Then the king of Israel
called an officer, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne,
arrayed in their robes, and they were sitting in an open place at the
entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before
10And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and
said, Thus saith Jehovah, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until they
11And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramoth-gilead, and prosper; for Jehovah will deliver it into the hand of the
12And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying,
Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one
mouth: let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and speak
13And Micaiah said, As Jehovah liveth, what my God saith, that
will I speak.
14And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him,
Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he
said, Go ye up, and prosper; and they shall be delivered into your hand.
15And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou
speak unto me nothing but the truth in the name of Jehovah?
said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no
shepherd: and Jehovah said, These have no master; let them return every man
to his house in peace.
17And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did
I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?
18And Micaiah said, Therefore hear ye the word of Jehovah: I saw
Jehovah sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his
right hand and on his left.
19And Jehovah said, Who shall entice Ahab
king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spake
saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
there came forth a spirit, and stood before Jehovah, and said, I will entice
him. And Jehovah said unto him, Wherewith?
21And he said, I will go
forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he
said, Thou shalt entice him, and shalt prevail also: go forth, and do so.
22Now therefore, behold, Jehovah hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of
these thy prophets; and Jehovah hath spoken evil concerning thee.
Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek,
and said, Which way went the Spirit of Jehovah from me to speak unto thee?
24And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day, when thou shalt
go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
25And the king of Israel said,
Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and
to Joash the king's son;
26and say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow
in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of
affliction, until I return in peace.
27And Micaiah said, If thou return
at all in peace, Jehovah hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hear, ye
peoples, all of you.
28So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of
Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
29And the king of Israel said unto
Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and go into the battle; but put thou on
thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went into the
30Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of his
chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king
31And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw
Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they turned
about to fight against him: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and Jehovah helped
him; and God moved them to depart from him.
32And it came to
pass, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of
Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
33And a certain man drew
his bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the
armor: wherefore he said to the driver of the chariot, Turn thy hand, and
carry me out of the host; for I am sore wounded.
34And the battle
increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his
chariot against the Syrians until the even; and about the time of the going
down of the sun he died.