And the king of Israelsaid unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet oneman,Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesygood concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphatsaid , Let not the kingsay so.
Then the king of Israelcalledanofficer,a and said , Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.10
And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judahsateach on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophetsprophesiedbefore them.
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanahmade him horns of iron: and he said , Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.
And all the prophetsprophesied so, saying , Go up to Ramothgilead , and prosper : for the LORD shall deliver it into the king'shand.13
And the messenger that was gone to callMicaiahspake unto him, saying , Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with onemouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.14
And Micaiahsaid , As the LORDliveth, what the LORDsaith unto me, that will I speak .
So he came to the king. And the kingsaid unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgileadtobattle, or shall we forbear ? And he answered him, Go , and prosper : for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.16
And the kingsaid unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?17
And he said , I saw all Israelscattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd : and the LORDsaid , These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.18
And the king of Israelsaid unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?19
And he said , Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORDsitting on his throne, and all the host of heavenstanding by him on his right hand and on his left.20
And the LORDsaid , Who shall persuadebAhab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead ? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.21
And there came forth a spirit, and stoodbefore the LORD, and said , I will persuade him.
And the LORDsaid unto him, Wherewith? And he said , I will go forth , and I will be a lyingspirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said , Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth , and do so.
Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lyingspirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spokenevil concerning thee.
But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near , and smoteMicaiah on the cheek, and said , Which waywent the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?
And Micaiahsaid , Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an innerchamber to hide thyself.
And the king of Israelsaid , TakeMicaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king'sson;27
And 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 come in peace.28
And Micaiahsaid , If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said , Hearken , O people, every one of you.