They enjoyed three years of peace - no fighting between Aram and Israel.
In the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah had a meeting with the king of Israel.
Israel's king remarked to his aides, "Do you realize that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us, and we're sitting around on our hands instead of taking it back from the king of Aram?"
He turned to Jehoshaphat and said, "Will you join me in fighting for Ramoth Gilead?"
He then continued, "But before you do anything, ask God for guidance."
The king of Israel got the prophets together - all four hundred of them - and put the question to them: "Should I attack Ramoth Gilead? Or should I hold back?" "Go for it," they said. "God will hand it over to the king."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)