1 Kings 22:2

2 In the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah had a meeting with the king of Israel.

1 Kings 22:2 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 22:2

And it came to pass in the third year
Of the peace, before it was expired:

that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel;
to Ahab, from Jerusalem to Samaria, reckoned thirty two miles F13; either to make peace with him, and put an end to the wars which subsisted between Israel and Judah since the division of the kingdom, ( 1 Kings 22:44 ) or to contract an affinity with him, by marrying his son to a daughter of Ahab, ( 2 Kings 8:18 2 Kings 8:26 ) or rather after peace was made, and that strengthened by the marriage; and so he went merely to pay a visit, as he judged he might then with great safety; and he and all his retinue were entertained by Ahab in a very sumptuous and liberal manner, ( 2 Chronicles 18:1 2 Chronicles 18:2 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F13 Bunting's Travels p. 178. near 40, Rainold. Praelect. 31. col. 266.

1 Kings 22:2 In-Context

1 They enjoyed three years of peace - no fighting between Aram and Israel.
2 In the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah had a meeting with the king of Israel.
3 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?"
4 He turned to Jehoshaphat and said, "Will you join me in fighting for Ramoth Gilead?"
5 He then continued, "But before you do anything, ask God for guidance."