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22 There wasm a lull of three yearsn without war between Aram and Israel. 2 However, in the third year, King Jehoshaphato of Judah went to visit the king of Israel.p 3 The king of Israel had said to his servants, “Don’t you know that Ramoth-gileadq is ours, but we’re doing nothing to take it from the king of Aram?” 4 Sor he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight Ramoth-gilead?”s
Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”t 5 But Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “First, please ask what the Lord’s will is.”u
6 So the king of Israel gathered the prophets, about four hundred men,v and asked them, “Should I go against Ramoth-gilead for war or should I refrain?”
They replied, “March up, and the Lord will hand it over to the king.”w
7 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn’t there a prophet of the Lord here anymore?x Let’s ask him.”
8 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man who can inquire of the Lord, but I hate himy because he never prophesies good about me,z but only disaster. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.”
“The king shouldn’t say that!” Jehoshaphat replied.
10 Now the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah,aa clothed in royal attire, were each sitting on his own throne. They were on the threshing floorab at the entrance to the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying in front of them. 11 Then Zedekiahac son of Chenaanah made iron hornsad and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You will gore the Arameans with these until they are finished off.’ ” 12 And all the prophets were prophesying the same: “March up to Ramoth-gileadae and succeed, for the Lord will hand it over to the king.”
13 The messengeraf who went to call Micaiah instructed him, “Look, the words of the prophets are unanimously favorable for the king. So let your words be like theirs, and speak favorably.”
Micaiah told him, “March up and succeed. The Lord will hand it over to the king.”
I saw all Israel scattered on the hills
like sheep without a shepherd.ai
And the Lord said,
“They have no master;
let everyone return home in peace.”aj
19 Then Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne,a and the whole heavenly armyb was standing by him at his right hand and at his left hand. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’c So one was saying this and another was saying that.
“He said, ‘I will go and become a lying spiritd in the mouth of all his prophets.’
“Then he said, ‘You will certainly entice him and prevail.e Go and do that.’
25 Micaiah replied, “You will soon see when you go to hide in an inner chamber on that day.”h
26 Then the king of Israel ordered, “Take Micaiah and return him to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the king’s son,i 27 and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this guy in prisonj and feed him only a little bread and waterB until I come back safely.’ ”
29 Thenm the king of Israel and Judah’s King Jehoshaphat went up to Ramoth-gilead.n 30 But the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguiseo myself and go into battle, but you wear your royal attire.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle.p
32 When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they shouted, “He must be the king of Israel!” So they turned to fight against him, but Jehoshaphat cried out. 33 When the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him.
34 But a man drew his bows without taking special aim and struck the king of Israel through the joints of his armor. So he said to his charioteer, “Turn around and take me out of the battle,E for I am badly wounded!”t 35 The battle raged throughout that day, and the king was propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. He died that evening,u and blood from his wound flowed into the bottom of the chariot. 36 Then the cry rang out in the army as the sun set, declaring:
Each man to his own city,
and each man to his own land!v
37 So the king died and was brought to Samaria. They buried the king in Samaria.w 38 Then someone washed the chariot at the pool of Samaria. The dogs licked up his blood, and the prostitutes bathed in it, according to the word of the Lord that he had spoken.x
39 The rest of the events of Ahab’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, including the ivory palacey he built, and all the cities he built, are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.z 40 Ahab rested with his ancestors,aa and his son Ahaziahab became king in his place.
41 Jehoshaphatac son of Asa became king over Judah in the fourth year of Israel’s King Ahab. 42 Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king; he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. 43 He walked in all the ways of his father Asa;ad he did not turn away from them but did what was right in the Lord’s sight. However, the high places were not taken away;F the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.ae 44 Jehoshaphat also made peace with the king of Israel.af
45 The rest of the events of Jehoshaphat’s reign, along with the might he exercised and how he waged war, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.ag 46 He eradicated from the land the rest of the male cult prostitutes who were left from the days of his father Asa.a 47 There was no king in Edom;b a deputy served as king. 48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshishc to go to Ophird for gold, but they did not go because the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber.e 49 At that time, Ahaziahf son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Let my servants go with your servants in the ships,” but Jehoshaphat was not willing. 50 Jehoshaphat rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of his ancestor David.g His son Jehoramh became king in his place.
51 Ahaziahi son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samariaj in the seventeenth year of Judah’s King Jehoshaphat,k and he reigned over Israel two years. 52 He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight.l He walked in the ways of his father,m in the ways of his mother,n and in the ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin.o 53 He served Baal and bowed in worship to him.p He angered the Lord God of Israel just as his father had done.q
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