Now Jehoram the son of AhabbecamekingoverIsrael at Samaria1in the eighteenthyear of Jehoshaphatking of Judah, and reignedtwelveyears.
He didevil in the sight of the LORD, though not like his father and his mother ; for 2he putaway the sacred pillar of Baal3which his father had made.
3Nevertheless, 4he clung to the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, 5which he made Israelsin ; he did not depart from them.
Now Meshaking of Moab was a sheepbreeder, and 6used to pay the king of Israel100,000lambs and the wool of 100,000rams.
But 7when Ahabdied, the king of Moabrebelled against the king of Israel.
And KingJehoramwent out of Samariaaat that time and musteredallIsrael.
Then he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, "The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fightagainstMoab ?" And he said, "I will go up; 8I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
He said, "Whichway shall we go up?" And he banswered, "The way of the wilderness of Edom."
So 9the king of Israelwent with 10the king of Judah and 11the king of Edom ; and they made a circuit of sevendays'journey, and there was nowater for the army or for the cattle that followed them.
Then the king of Israelsaid, "Alas ! For the LORD has calledthesethreekings to give them into the hand of Moab."
But Jehoshaphatsaid, "12Is there not a prophet of the LORDhere, that we may inquire of the LORD by him?" And one of the king of Israel'sservantsanswered and said, "13Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, 14who used to pourwater on the hands of Elijah."
12Jehoshaphatsaid, "The word of the LORD is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edomwentdown to him.
Now Elishasaid to the king of Israel, "What do I have to do with you? 15Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother." And the king of Israelsaid to him, "No, for the LORD has calledthesethreekings together to give them into the hand of Moab."
14Elishasaid, "16As the LORD of hostslives, beforewhom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you norsee you.
"But now17bring me a minstrel." And it came about, when the minstrelplayed, that 18the hand of the LORDcame upon him.
He said, "Thussays the LORD, 'Makethisvalleyfull of trenches.'
"For thussays the LORD, 'You shall not seewindnor shall you seerain ; yet that valley19shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts.
18'This is but a 20slightthing in the sight of the LORD ; He will also give the Moabites into your hand.
'21Then you shall strikeeveryfortifiedcity and everychoicecity, and felleverygoodtree and stopallsprings of water, and mareverygoodpiece of land with stones.' "
It happened in the morning22about the time of offering the sacrifice, that behold, watercame by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
Now all the Moabitesheard that the kings had come up to fight against them. And all who were able to cput on armor and older were summoned and stood on the border.
They roseearly in the morning, and the sunshone on the water, and the Moabitessaw the wateropposite them as red as blood.
Then they said, "This is blood ; the kings have surelyfoughttogether, and they have slainoneanother. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil !"
But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelitesarose and struck the Moabites, so that they fledbefore them; and they went forward dinto the land, eslaughtering the Moabites.
2523Thus they destroyed the cities ; and eachonethrew a stone on everypiece of goodland and filled it. So they stoppedall the springs of water and felledall the goodtrees, until in 24Kir-hareseth only they left its stones ; however, the slingerswentabout it and struck it.
When the king of Moabsaw that the battle was toofierce for him, he took with him 700men who drewswords, to breakthrough to the king of Edom ; but they could not.
Then he took his oldestsonwho was to reign in his place, and 25offered him as a burntoffering on the wall. And there camegreatwrathagainstIsrael, and they departed from him and returned to their own land.