2 Chronicles 18:5
tn Heb “Should we go against Ramoth Gilead for war or should I refrain?”
tn Though Jehoshaphat had requested an oracle from “the Lord” (יְהוָה, yéhvah, “Yahweh”), the Israelite prophets stop short of actually using this name and substitute the title הָאֱלֹהִים (ha’elohim, “the God”). This ambiguity may explain in part Jehoshaphat’s hesitancy and caution (vv. 7–8). He seems to doubt that the 400 are genuine prophets of the Lord.