2 Chronicles 18

CHAPTER 18

Jehoshaphat and Ahab Allied in Marriage

And there came to Jehoshaphat still [2riches 3and 4glory 1much]. And he was allied by marriage with the house of Ahab. And he went down at the end of years to Ahab in Samaria. And [2sacrificed 3to him 1Ahab] sheep and calves in abundance, and to the people with him; and he persuaded him to go up with him unto Ramoth Gilead. And [4said 1Ahab 2king 3of Israel] to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Will you go with me to Ramoth of Gilead? And he said to him, As you, so also I; and as your people, also my people; even with you for war. And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Let us seek indeed today the word of the  lord! And [4gathered 1the 2king 3of Israel] the prophets -- four hundred men. And he said to them, Shall I go to Ramoth Gilead for war, or should I wait? And they said, Ascend! and God shall give them into the hands of the king. And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the  lord yet, that we shall seek anxiously by him? And [4said 1the 2the king 3of Israel] to Jehoshaphat, There is [2man 1one] to seek the  lord through him, and I detest him; for he is not prophesying [3concerning 4me 1for 2good things], for all his days are for bad things. He is Michaiah son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not [3speak 1the 2king] thus! And [4called 1the 2king 3of Israel 6eunuch 5one], and said, Quickly call Michaiah son of Imla! And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting each upon his throne, being clothed with robes; they sat down in the broad space at the door of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them. 10 And [4made 5for himself 1Zedekiah 2son 3of Chenaanah] horns of iron, and he said, Thus says the  lord; With these you shall gore the Syrian until whenever he should be finished off entirely. 11 And all the prophets prophesied thus, saying, Ascend unto Ramoth Gilead! and you shall prosper in the way, and the  lord will give it into the hands of the king. 12 And the messenger, the one going to call Michaiah, spoke to him, saying, Behold, [3spoke 1the 2prophets 5with 7mouth 6one 4good things] concerning the king. And let [3be 2indeed 1your words] as one of them! and you shall speak good things.

Michaiah Prophecies before Ahab

13 And Michaiah said, As the  lord lives, that what ever God should say to me, it I shall speak. 14 And he came to the king. And [3said 4to him 1the 2king], Michaiah, Shall I go to Ramoth Gilead for war, or should I wait? And he said, Ascend! and your way shall prosper, and they shall be given into your hands. 15 And [3said 4to him 1the 2king], How often shall I bind you by an oath that you should not speak to me except the truth in the name of the  lord? 16 And Michaiah said, I see Israel all being scattered in the mountains, as sheep in which there is no shepherd. And the  lord said, [2have no 3leader 1These]. Let them [2return 1each] to his house in peace. 17 And [4said 1the 2king 3of Israel] to Jehoshaphat, Did I not say to you that he would not prophesy for my good things, but only bad things? 18 And Michaiah said, It is not so. Hear the word of the  lord! I beheld the  lord sitting upon his throne, and all the force of the heaven stood beside at his right and at his left. 19 And the  lord said, Who shall deceive Ahab king of Israel, that he shall ascend, and shall fall in Ramoth Gilead? And this one spoke thus, and this other one spoke thus. 20 And came forth the spirit, and stood in the presence of the  lord, and said, I shall deceive him. And the  lord said, By what means? 21 And he said, I shall go forth, and I will be [2spirit 1a lying] in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, You shall deceive, and shall prevail. Go forth, and do so! 22 And now, behold, the  lord put [2spirit 1a lying] in the mouths of all [2your prophets 1these], and the  lord spoke against you for bad things. 23 And [4approached 1Zedekiah 2son 3of Chenaanah] and struck Michaiah upon the jaw, and said to him, By what way passed the spirit of the  lord from me to speak to you? 24 And Michaiah said, Behold, you shall see in that day in which you shall enter closet by closet to hide. 25 And [3said 1the king 2of Israel], Take Michaiah and return him to Amon the ruler of the city, and to Joash the son of the king. 26 And you shall say, Thus says the king, Put this one into [2house 1a prison], and let him eat bread of affliction and water of affliction! until my return in peace. 27 And Michaiah said, If by returning, you should return in peace, [2did not 3speak 1the  lord] by me. And he said, Hearken all peoples! 28 And [7ascended 1the king 2of Israel 3and 4Jehoshaphat 5king 6of Judah] to Ramoth Gilead. 29 And [3said 1the king 2of Israel] to Jehoshaphat, I shall cover up and enter into the battle; but you put on my clothes! And [3covered up 1the king 2of Israel], and entered into the battle.

Ahab Dies in Battle

30 And the king of Syria gave charge to the heads of the chariots, to the ones with him, saying, Do not wage war with the small and the great, but the king of Israel only. 31 And it came to pass as [5saw 1the 2ones in charge 3of the 4chariots] Jehoshaphat, that they said, [2the king 3of Israel 1It is]. And they encircled him to do battle. And Jehoshaphat yelled, and the  lord delivered him, and [2turned 3them 1God] from him. 32 And it came to pass as [5saw 1the 2ones in charge 3of the 4chariots] that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned from him. 33 And a man stretched tight a bow skillfully and struck the king of Israel between the lungs, and between the chest plate. And he said to the charioteer, Turn your hand, and lead me from the battle! for I am wounded. 34 And [3turned 1the 2battle] in that day. And the king of Israel was set upon the chariot right opposite Syria until evening, and he died in the going down of the sun.
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