So the king of Israel brought together the prophets--about four hundred men--and asked them, "Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?" "Go,"1 they answered, "for the Lord will give it into the king's hand."27
But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there not a prophet3 of the LORD here whom we can inquire4 of ?"
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate5 him because he never prophesies anything good6 about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." "The king should not say that," Jehoshaphat replied.
So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, "Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once."
Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor7 by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them.
Now Zedekiah8 son of Kenaanah had made iron horns9 and he declared, "This is what the LORD says: 'With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.' "
All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. "Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious," they said, "for the LORD will give it into the king's hand."
The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, "Look, as one man the other prophets are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably."1014
But Micaiah said, "As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me."1115
When he arrived, the king asked him, "Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?" "Attack and be victorious," he answered, "for the LORD will give it into the king's hand."
The king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"