1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and he joined
affinity with Ahab. 2 After certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria.
Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people who were
with him, and moved him to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead. 3 Ahab
king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Will you go with me to
Ramoth-gilead? He answered him, I am as you are, and my people as your
people; and we will be with you in the war. 4 Jehoshaphat said to
the king of Israel, Please inquire first for the word of Yahweh. 5 Then
the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said
to them, Shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? They
said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the hand of the king. 6 But
Jehoshaphat said, Isn’t there here a prophet of Yahweh besides, that we may
inquire of him? 7 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one
man by whom we may inquire of Yahweh: but I hate him; for he never prophesies
good concerning me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla.
Jehoshaphat said, Don’t let the king say so. 8 Then the king of Israel
called an officer, and said, Get quickly Micaiah the son of Imla. 9 Now
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
them. 10 Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said,
Thus says Yahweh, With these shall you push the Syrians, until they be
consumed. 11 All the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramoth-gilead, and prosper; for Yahweh will deliver it into the hand of the
king. 12 The messenger who went to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying,
Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one
mouth: let your word therefore, Please be like one of theirs, and speak you
good. 13 Micaiah said, As Yahweh lives, what my God says, that will I
speak. 14 When he was come to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah,
shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? He said, Go
up, and prosper; and they shall be delivered into your hand. 15 The king
said to him, How many times shall I adjure you that you speak to me nothing
but the truth in the name of Yahweh? 16 He said, I saw all Israel
scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and Yahweh said,
These have no master; let them return every man to his house in peace.
17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Didn’t I tell you that he would
not prophesy good concerning me, but evil? 18 Micaiah said,
Therefore hear you the word of Yahweh: I saw Yahweh sitting on his
throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his
left. 19 Yahweh said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go
up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? One spoke saying after this manner, and another
saying after that manner. 20 There came forth a spirit, and stood before
Yahweh, and said, I will entice him. Yahweh said to him, ‘How?’ 21 He
said, ‘I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his
prophets.’ He said, ‘You shall entice him, and shall prevail also: go forth,
and do so.’ 22 Now therefore, behold, Yahweh has put a lying spirit in the
mouth of these your prophets; and Yahweh has spoken evil concerning you.
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and struck Micaiah on the
cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of Yahweh from me to speak to you?
24 Micaiah said, Behold, you shall see on that day, when you shall go into
an inner chamber to hide yourself. 25 The king of Israel said, Take
Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash
the king’s son; 26 and say, Thus says 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. 27 Micaiah said, If you return at all in peace,
Yahweh has not spoken by me. He said, Hear, you peoples, all of you.
28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to
Ramoth-gilead. 29 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will disguise
myself, and go into the battle; but put you on your robes. So the king of
Israel disguised himself; and they went into the battle. 30 Now the king
of Syria had commanded the captains of his chariots, saying, Fight neither
with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel. 31 It happened,
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 Yahweh helped him; and God moved them to
depart from him. 32 It happened, when the captains of the chariots saw
that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
33 A certain man drew his bow at a venture, and struck the king of Israel
between the joints of the armor. Therefore he said to the driver of the
chariot, Turn your hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am sore wounded.
34 The battle increased that day: however 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.
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