Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, "Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success."
But Micaiah replied, "As surely as the LORD lives, I will say only what my God tells me to say."
When Micaiah arrived before the king, Ahab asked him, "Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead or not?" And Micaiah replied, "Go right ahead! It will be a glorious victory!"
But the king replied sharply, "How many times must I demand that you speak only the truth when you speak for the LORD?"
So Micaiah told him, "In a vision I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. And the LORD said, 'Their master has been killed. Send them home in peace.'"
"Didn't I tell you?" the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat. "He does it every time. He never prophesies anything but bad news for me."
Then Micaiah continued, "Listen to what the LORD says! I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the armies of heaven on his right and on his left.
And the LORD said, 'Who can entice King Ahab of Israel to go into battle against Ramoth-gilead so that he can be killed there?' There were many suggestions,
until finally a spirit approached the LORD and said, 'I can do it!'"' "How will you do this?"' the LORD asked.
"And the spirit replied, 'I will go out and inspire all Ahab's prophets to speak lies.'"' "You will succeed,' said the LORD. 'Go ahead and do it."
"So you see, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of your prophets. For the LORD has determined disaster for you."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)