THE SECOND BOOK OF
2 Kings 3 ©
Jehoram reigns, and follows the sin of Jeroboam, v. 1. etc. Goes to battle against the Moabites, with Jehoshaphat, and with the king of Edom, 4. Seeing they are in want of water, God is inquired by the prophet Elisha, 10. God promises water and victory over the enemies, 16. And performs His promise, 20.
NOW Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the 1eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years.
And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and like his mother: fora he put away 2the image of Baal that his father had made.
Nevertheless he cleaved unto 3the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
¶And Mesha king of Moab was a 4sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.
But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, thatb the king of Moab rebelled against 5the king of Israel.
¶And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.
And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against 6me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: 7Icam as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.
And 8he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, 9The way through the wilderness of Edom.
So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the 10king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle 11that followed them.
And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!
But Jehoshaphat said, Isd there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, 12which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
And Jehoshaphat said, 13The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down 14to him.
And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, 15What have I to do with thee? gete thee 16to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, 17Nay: 18for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, 19before whomf I stand, surely, 20were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, 21I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.
But now 22bring me a 23minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that 24the hand of the LORD 25came upon him.
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of 26ditches.
For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and 27your cattle, and your beasts.
And this is but a 28light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
29And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fellg every 30good tree, and stop all wells of water, and 31mar every good piece of land 32with stones.
And it came to pass in the morning, 33when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
¶And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able 34to put on armour, and upward, and stood in 35the border.
And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as 36blood:
And they said, This is blood: the kings are 37surely slain, and they have smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but 38they went forward smiting the Moabites, even 39in their country.
And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felledh all the good trees: only in 40Kir-haraseth left they 41the stones thereof; howbeit the 42slingers went about it, and smote it.
¶And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew 43swords, to break through even 44unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
Then 45he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. 46And there was great indignation 47against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.