2 Chronicles 18
Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and 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 he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramothgilead.
3And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with
me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.
4And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel,
Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle,
or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
6But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we
might enquire of him?
7And the king of Israel
said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good
unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
8And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly
Micaiah the son of Imla.
9And the king of
Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place
at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
10And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus
saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed.
11And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall
deliver it into the hand of the king.
the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with
one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of their's, and speak thou good.
13And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even 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 Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and
they shall be delivered into your hand.
the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?
16Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered
upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore 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 unto me, but evil?
18Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon
his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.
19And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead?
And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
20Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD
said unto him, Wherewith?
21And he said, I
will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt
also prevail: go out, and do even so.
therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against
23Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah
came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD 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.
king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to 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 certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he
said, Hearken, all ye people.
28So the king
of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.
29And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and I will go to the battle;
but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.
30Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with
him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel.
31And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the
king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved
them to depart from him.
32For it came to
pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing
33And a certain man drew a bow at a venture,
and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that
thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
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 sun going down he died.