The king of Israel had said to his officials, "Don't you know that Ramoth Gilead1 belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?"
So he asked Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to fight2 against Ramoth Gilead?" Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, "I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, "First seek the counsel3 of the LORD."
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,"4 they answered, "for the Lord will give it into the king's hand."57
But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there not a prophet6 of the LORD here whom we can inquire7 of ?"
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate8 him because he never prophesies anything good9 about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." "The king should not say that," Jehoshaphat replied.