8 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." But Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say so."
9 Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, "Bring quickly Micaiah son of Imlah."
10 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and 1all the prophets were prophesying before them.
11 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made 2horns of iron for himself and said, "Thus says the LORD, '3With these you will gore the Arameans until they are consumed.' "
12 All the prophets were prophesying thus, saying, "Go up to Ramoth-gilead and prosper, for the LORD will give it into the hand of the king."

Micaiah Predicts Defeat

13 Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, "Behold now, the words of the prophets are uniformly * favorable to the king. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably."
14 But Micaiah said, "4As the LORD lives, what * 5the LORD says to me, that I shall speak."
15 When he came to the king, the king said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?" And he answered him, "6Go up and succeed, and the LORD will give it into the hand of the king."
16 Then the king said to him, "How * many * times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?"
17 So he said, "I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, 7Like sheep which have no shepherd. And the LORD said, 'These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.' "
18 Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "8Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?"
19 Micaiah said, "Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. 9I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and 10all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.
20 "The LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' And one said this while another said that.
21 "Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.'
22 "The LORD said to him, 'How?' And he said, 'I will go out and 11be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then He said, 'You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so.'
23 "Now therefore, behold, 12the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you."
24 Then 13Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, "14How * did the Spirit of the LORD pass from me to speak to you?"
25 Micaiah said, "Behold, you shall see on that day when you 15enter an inner room to hide yourself."
26 Then the king of Israel said, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son;
27 and say, 'Thus says the king, "16Put this man in prison * and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely.""'
28 Micaiah said, "17If you indeed return safely the LORD has not spoken by me." And he said, "18Listen, all you people."