2 Kings 3


War against Edom and Moab

1And Jehoram son of Ahab reigned in Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. And he reigned twelve years. 2And he did the wicked thing in the eyes of the  lord, only not as his father and his mother. And he removed the monuments of Baal which [2made 1his father]. 3Except in the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who led Israel into sin, he cleaved to; he did not abstain from it. 4And Mesha king of Moab was a shepherd, and he restored to the king of Israel a hundred thousand lambs, and a hundred thousand rams with fleece. 5And it came to pass after the dying of Ahab, Moab annulled allegiance with the king of Israel. 6And [3went forth 1king 2Jehoram] in that day from out of Samaria, and he numbered Israel. 7And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab annulled allegiance with me. Shall you go with me unto Moab for war? And he said, I will go; likened to you, likened to me; as your people, so my people; as your horses, so my horses. 8And he said, What way shall we ascend? And he said, The way of the wilderness of Edom. 9And [4went 1the 2king 3of Israel], and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom. And they encircled a journey of seven days. And there was no water for the camp, and for the cattle, the ones at their feet. 10And [4said 1the 2king 3of Israel], O that the  lord called [2three 3kings 1these] to deliver them up into the hand of Moab. 11And Jehoshaphat said to him, Is there not here a prophet of the  lord, that we should seek anxiously the  lord by him? And answered one of the servants of the king of Israel, and said, [4is here 1Elisha 2son 3of Shaphat], who poured water upon the hands of Elijah. 12And Jehoshaphat said, [3is 4with 5him 1The word 2of the  lord]. And [3went down 4to 5him 1the king 2of Israel], and Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and the king of Edom. 13And Elisha said to the king of Israel, What is there between me and you? Go to the prophets of your father, and to the prophets of your mother. And [4said 5to him 1the 2king 3of Israel], Is it that the  lord calls [2three 3kings 1these] to deliver them into the hands of Moab?

Moab Defeated by the Kings

14And Elisha said, As [4lives 1the  lord 2of the 3forces], in whom I stand before him, that if it were not the face of Jehoshaphat king of Judah which I receive, shall I have looked upon you or beheld you, no. 15And now bring to me one for strumming! And it came to pass as [3strummed 1the 2one strumming], that [3came 4upon 5him 1the hand 2of the  lord]. 16And he said, Thus says the  lord, Make this dry stream cistern upon cistern. 17For thus says the  lord, You shall not see wind, and you shall not see rain; but this dry stream shall be filled with water, and you shall drink, you and your possessions, and your cattle. 18But it is a light thing in the eyes of the  lord. And I will deliver up Moab into your hands. 19And you shall strike every [2city 1fortified], and every [2city 1choice]; and every [2tree 1good] you shall throw down, and all springs of water you shall obstruct, and every [2portion of land 1good] you shall make useless with stones. 20And it came to pass in the morning of the ascending of the sacrifice, that behold, waters came from out of the way of Edom, and [3was filled 1the 2earth] of the waters. 21And all Moab heard that [3ascended 1the 2kings] to wage war against them, and they yelled out from all sides girding on the belt, and went forward, and they stood at the border. 22And they rose early in the morning, and the sun rose upon the waters. And Moab beheld the waters right opposite fiery red as blood. 23And they said, This is blood of a broadsword. [3did combat 1The 2kings], and [3struck 1each 2man] his neighbor. And now, [3are for 1the 2spoils] Moab. 24And they entered into the camp of Israel. And Israel rose up and struck Moab. And they fled in front of them; and they entered going and beating Moab. 25And [2the 3cities 1they demolished], and every [2portion of land 1good] [2tossed 1each man] his stone, and they filled it. And every spring of water they obstructed, and every [2tree 1good] they threw down unto leaving behind the stones of the wall being demolished. And [3encircled 1the 2slingers] and struck it. 26And [4beheld 1the 2king 3of Moab] that [3overpowered 4him 1the 2battle]; and he took with himself seven hundred men unsheathing the broadsword to cut through the king of Edom; but they were not able. 27And he took [3son 1his 2first-born] whom he gave reign instead of him, and offered him as a whole burnt-offering upon the wall. And came to pass [2repentance 1a great] in Israel. And they departed from him, and they returned to the land.
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