1ThreeayearspassedwithoutwarbetweenAram and Israel.
21In the thirdyear2Jehoshaphat the king of Judahcamedown to the king of Israel.
Now the king of Israelsaid to his servants, "Do you know that 3Ramoth-gilead belongs to us, and we bare stilldoingnothing to take it out of the hand of the king of Aram ?"
And he said to Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to battle at Ramoth-gilead ?" And Jehoshaphatsaid to the king of Israel, "4I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
Moreover, Jehoshaphatsaid to the king of Israel, "Pleaseinquirecfirst for the word of the LORD."
Then 5the king of Israelgathered the prophets together, about fourhundredmen, and said to them, "Shall I goagainstRamoth-gilead to battleor shall I refrain ?" And they said, "Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king."
But 6Jehoshaphatsaid, "Is there not yet a prophet of the LORDhere that we may inquire of him?"
The king of Israelsaid to Jehoshaphat, "There is yetoneman by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, because he does not prophesygoodconcerning me, but evil. He is Micaiahson of Imlah." But Jehoshaphatsaid, "Let not the kingsayso."
Then the king of Israelcalled an officer and said, "dBringquicklyMicaiahson of Imlah."
Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphatking of Judah were sittingeach on his throne, arrayed in their robes, at the threshingfloor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria ; and 7all the prophets were prophesyingbefore them.
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanahmade8horns of iron for himself and said, "Thussays the LORD, '9With these you will gore the Arameansuntil they are consumed.' "
12All the prophets were prophesyingthus, saying, "Go up to Ramoth-gilead and prosper, for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king."
Then the messengerwhowent to summonMicaiahspoke to him saying, "Beholdnow, the words of the prophets are uniformlyfavorable to the king. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speakfavorably."
But Micaiahsaid, "10As the LORDlives, what11the LORDsays to me, that I shall speak."
When he came to the king, the kingsaid to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain ?" And he eanswered him, "12Go up and succeed, and the LORD will give it into the hand of the king."
Then the kingsaid to him, "Howmanytimes must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD ?"
So he said, "I sawallIsraelScattered on the mountains, 13Like sheepwhichhavenoshepherd. And the LORDsaid, 'These have nomaster. Let each of them return to his house in peace.' "
Then the king of Israelsaid to Jehoshaphat, "14Did I not tell you that he would not prophesygoodconcerning me, but evil ?"
19fMicaiah said, "Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. 15I saw the LORDsitting on His throne, and 16all the host of heavenstanding by Him on His right and on His left.
"The LORDsaid, 'Who will enticeAhab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead ?' And onesaidthis while anothersaid that.
"Then a spiritcameforward and stoodbefore the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.'
"The LORDsaid to him, 'How ?' And he said, 'I will go out and 17be a deceivingspirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then He said, 'You are to entice him and alsoprevail. Go and doso.'
23"Now therefore, behold, 18the LORD has put a deceivingspirit in the mouth of allthese your prophets ; and the LORD has proclaimeddisasteragainst you."
Then 19Zedekiah the son of Chenaanahcamenear and struckMicaiah on the cheek and said, "20How did the Spirit of the LORDpass from me to speak to you?"
25Micaiahsaid, "Behold, you shall see on that daywhen you 21enter an innerroom to hide yourself."
Then the king of Israelsaid, "TakeMicaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king'sson ;
and say, 'Thussays the king, "22Putthis man in prison and feed him gsparingly with bread and wateruntil I returnsafely.""'
28Micaiahsaid, "23If you indeedreturnsafely the LORD has not spoken by me." And he said, "24Listen, all you people."
So 25the king of Israel and Jehoshaphatking of Judahwent up against Ramoth-gilead.
The king of Israelsaid to Jehoshaphat, "26I will disguise myself and go into the battle, but you put on your robes." So the king of Israeldisguised himself and went into the battle.
Now 27the king of Aram had commanded the thirty-twocaptains of his chariots, saying, "Do not fight with small or great, but with the king of Israelalone."
So when the captains of the chariotssawJehoshaphat, they said, "Surely it is the king of Israel," and they turnedaside to fightagainst him, and Jehoshaphatcried out.
When the captains of the chariotssaw that it was not the king of Israel, they turnedback from pursuing him.
Now a certain mandrew his bow at random and struck the king of Israelhin a joint of the armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, "Turniaround and take me out of the jfight ; 28for I amseverelywounded."
The battlekraged that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot in front of the Arameans, and died at evening, and the blood from the woundran into the bottom of the chariot.
3629Then a crypassedthroughout the army close to sunset , saying, "Everyman to his city and everyman to his lcountry."
So the kingdied and was brought to Samaria, and they buried the king in Samaria.
They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogslicked up his blood (now the harlotsbathed themselves there), 30according to the word of the LORDwhich He spoke.
Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did and 31the ivoryhousewhich he built and all the citieswhich he built, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel ?
So Ahabslept with his fathers, and Ahaziah his sonbecameking in his place.