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3 Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken. And the LORD was with

Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, 4 and sought not unto the Baalim ; but sought to the God of his father,

and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. 5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah

brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in 6 abundance. And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: and

furthermore he took away the high places and the Asherim out of 7 Judah. Also in the third year of his reign he sent his princes, even

Ben-hail, and Obadiah, and Zechariah, and Nethanel, and Micaiah, to 8 teach in the cities of Judah; and with them the Levites, even Shemaiah,

and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and

Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah, the 9 Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, the priests. And they

taught in Judah, having the book of the law of the LORD with them;

and they went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught 10 among the people. And 'the fear of the LORD fell upon all the

kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made I no war against Jehoshaphat. And some of the Philistines brought

Jehoshaphat presents, and silver for tribute; the Arabians also brought

him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven 12 thousand and seven hundred he-goats. And Jehoshaphat waxed great 13 exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles and cities of store. And he had many

works in the cities of Judah; and men of war, mighty men 14 of valour, in Jerusalem. And this was the numbering of them

according to their fathers' houses : of Judah, the captains of thousands;

Adnah the captain, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred 15 thousand : and next to him Jehohanan the captain, and with him two 16 hundred and fourscore thousand : and next to him Amasiah the son of

Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two 17 hundred thousand mighty men of valour: and of Benjamin ; Eliada a

mighty man of valour, and with him two hundred thousand armed with 18 bow and shield : and next to him Jehozabad, and with him an hundred 19 and fourscore thousand ready prepared for war. These were they that

waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.

Jehoshaphat's Alliance with Ahab. Prophecy of Micaiah.

2 Chronicles 18. I.

1 Kings 22. 1. 22 And they continued three years

without war between Syria and 2 Israel. And it came to pass in

the third year, that Jehosha

phat the king of Judah came 3 down to the king of Israel. And

the king of Israel said unto his

18 Now Jehoshaphat had riches

and honour in abundance; and

he joined affinity with Ahab. 2 And after certain years he went

down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the

1 Or, a terror from the LORD

a

servants, Know ye that Ramothgilead is ours, and we 'be still,

and take it not out of the hand 4 of the king of Syria? And he said

unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy

people, my horses as thy horses. 5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the

king of Israel, Inquire, I pray

thee, at the word of the LORD 6 to-day. Then the king of Israel

gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men,

and said unto them,

Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall

deliver it into the hand of the 7 king. But Jehoshaphat said,

Is there not here besides

prophet of the LORD, that we 8 might inquire of him ? And the

king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me,

but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, 9 Let not the king say so. Then

people that were with him, and

moved him to go up with him 3 to Ramoth-gilead. And Ahab

king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people;

and we will be with thee in the 4 war. And Jehoshaphat said unto

the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray

thee, at the word of the LORD 5 to-day. Then the king of Israel

gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up;

for God shall deliver it into the 6 hand of the king. But Jehosha

phat said, Is there not here besides a prophet of the LORD,

that we might inquire of him? 7 And the king of Israel said unto

Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him ; for he never prophesieth good concerning me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla.

And Jehoshaphat said, Let not 8 the king say so.

Then the king of Israel called an 'officer, and

said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the 9 son of Imla. Now the king of

Israel and Jehoshaphat the king* of Judah sat each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, and they sat in an open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria ;

the king of Israel called an

'officer, and said, Fetch quickly 10 Micaiah the son of Imlah. Now

the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, arrayed in their robes, in 3an open place at the entrance of the gate of Samaria ;

and all the prophets prophesied 11 before them. And Zedekiah the

son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until they

and all the prophets prophesied 10 before them. And Zedekiah the

son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until they

i Or, keep silence 2 Or, eunuch
3 Heb. a threshing-floor.

1 Or, eunuch
2 Heb. a threshing-floor.

he was

12 be consumed. And all the

prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper :

for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the 13 king. And the messenger that

went to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of

them, and speak thou good. 14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD

liveth, what the LORD saith unto 15 me, that will I speak. And when

come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go up, and prosper;

and the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the 16 king And the king said unto

him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou speak unto

me nothing but the truth in the 17 name of the LORD? And he

said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd : and the LORD said, These have no master;

let them return every man to his 18 house in peace.

And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would

not prophesy good concerning 19 me, but evil ?

And he said, Therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him

on his right hand and on his left. 20 And the LORD said, Who shall

lentice Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner; and another said on that manner.

11 be consumed. And all the

prophets prophesied so, saying,

Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and V prosper :

for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the 12 king And the messenger that

went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one mouth : let thy word therefore, I pray thee,

be like one of theirs, and speak 13 thou good. And Micaiah said,

As the LORD liveth, what my

God saith, that will I speak. 14 And when he was come to the

king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper; and they shall be delivered into

your hand. 15

And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou speak unto me

nothing but the truth in the name 16 of the LORD? And he said, I

saw all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd : and the LORD said, These have no master; let

them return every man to his 17 house in peace. And the king

of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would

not prophesy good concerning 18 me, but evil? And he said,

Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on

Or, deceive

his right hand and on his left. 19 And the LORD said, Who shall

entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying

after this manner, and another 20 saying after that manner. And

1 Heb. Micah.

2 Or, deceive

Which way

21 And there came forth 'a spirit, there came forth la spirit, and

and stood before the LORD, and stood before the LORD, and said, 22 said, I will entice him. And the I will entice him. And the LORD

LORD said unto him, Wherewith? 21 said unto him, Wherewith? And And he said, I will go forth, and he said, I will go forth, and will will be a lying spirit in the mouth be a lying spirit in the mouth of of all his prophets. And he said, all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt entice him, and shalt Thou shalt entice him, and shalt prevail also:

: go forth, and do so. prevail also: go forth, and do so. 23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD V 22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD

hath put a lying spirit in the hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets; mouth of these thy prophets ;

and the Lord hath spoken evil and the Lord hath spoken evil 24 concerning thee. Then Zedekiah

23 concerning thee. Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and smote Micaiah upon the and said, Which way went the cheek, and said,

spirit of the LORD from me to went the spirit of the LORD from 25 speak unto thee? And Micaiah

24 me to speak unto thee? And said, Behold, thou shalt see on Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt that day, when thou shalt go see on that day, when thou shalt

into an inner chamber to hide go ?into an inner chamber to 26 thyself. And the king of Israel 25 hide thyself. And the king of

said, Take Micaiah, and carry Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, him back unto Amon the gover- and carry him back unto Amon

nor of the city, and to Joash the the governor of the city, and to 27 king's son ; and say, Thus saith 26 Joash the king's son; and say,

the king, Put this fellow in the Thus saith the king, Put this prison, and feed him with bread fellow in the prison, and feed of affliction and with water of him with bread of affliction and

affliction, until I come in peace. with water of affliction, until I 28 And Micaiah said, If thou return 27 return in peace. And Micaiah

at all in peace, the Lord hath said, If thou return at all in not spoken by me. And he said, peace, the LORD hath not spoken *Hear, ye peoples, all of you.

by me. And he said, 'Hear, ye peoples, all of you.

Battle of Ramoth-Gilead, and Death of Ahab. 29 So the king of Israel and 28 So the king of Israel and Jeho

Jehoshaphat the king of Judah shaphat the king of Judah went 30 went up to Ramoth-gilead. And 29 up to Ramoth-gilead. And the

the king of Israel said unto king of Israel said unto JehoshaJehoshaphat, I will disguise my- phat, I will disguise myself, and self, and go into the battle ; but go into the battle; but put thou put thou on thy robes. And the

So the king of king of Israel disguised himself, Israel disguised himself; and 31 and went into the battle. Now 30 they went into the battle. Now

on thy robes.

1 Heb. the spirit.
2 Or, from chamber to chamber
3 See Micah i. 2.

1 Heb. the spirit.
2 Or, from chamber to chamber
3 See Micah i. 2.

the king of Syria had commanded the king of Syria had commanded the thirty and two captains of his the captains of his chariots, saying, chariots, saying, Fight neither Fight neither with small nor great,

with small nor great, save only save only with the king of Israel. 32 with the king of Israel. And it 31 And it came to pass, when the

came to pass, when the captains of captains of the chariots saw the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat, that they said, It that they said, Surely it is the is the king of Israel. Therefore king of Israel; and they turned they turned about to fight against

aside to fight against him: and him: but Jehoshaphat cried out, 33 Jehoshaphat cried out. And it and the LORD helped him; and

came to pass, when the captains God moved them to depart from of the chariots saw that it was 32 him. And it came to pass, when not the king of Israel, that they the captains of the chariots saw

turned back from pursuing him. that it was not the king of Israel, 34 And a certain man drew his bow that they turned back from purlat a venture, and smote the king

33 suing him.

And a certain man of Israel between “the joints of

drew his bow 'at a venture, and the harness : wherefore he said smote the king of Israel between unto the driver of his chariot, * the joints of the harness: whereTurn thine hand, and carry me

fore he said to the driver of the out of the host; for I am sore chariot, Turn thine hand, and 35 wounded. And the battle in

carry me out of the host; for I creased that day: and the king 34 am sore wounded.

And the was stayed up in his chariot battle increased that day : howagainst the Syrians, and died at beit the king of Israel stayed even : and the blood ran out of himself

up

in his chariot against the wound into the bottom of the the Syrians until the even : and 36 chariot. And there went a cry about the time of the going down

throughout the host about the of the sun he died. going down of the sun, saying,

Every man to his city, and every 37 man to his country. So the king

died, and was brought to Samaria;

and they buried the king in Sa38 maria.

And they washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria ; and the dogs licked up his blood; (now the harlots washed themselves there ;) according unto the

word of the LORD which he 39 spake. Now the rest of the

acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which

1 Heb. in his simplicity.

2 Or, the lower armour and the breastplate

3 Or, and they washed the armour

1 Heb. in his simplicity.

2 Or, the lower armour and the breastplate

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