The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, "Look, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king; let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably."
But Micaiah said, "As the Lord lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak."
When he had come to the king, the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?" He answered, "Go up and triumph; they will be given into your hand."
But the king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?"
Then Micaiah a said, "I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd; and the Lord said, "These have no master; let each one go home in peace.' "
The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy anything favorable about me, but only disaster?"
Then Micaiah b said, "Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, with all the host of heaven standing to the right and to the left of him.
And the Lord said, "Who will entice King Ahab of Israel, so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' Then one said one thing, and another said another,
until a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, "I will entice him.' The Lord asked him, "How?'
He replied, "I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then the Lord c said, "You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it.'
So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets; the Lord has decreed disaster for you."
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