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."