1 Kings

1 Kings 22 ©

1 Ahab persuadeth Jehoshaphat to go with him against Ramoth-gilead. 5 Jehoshaphat proposing to enquire of the Lord, the false prophets assure Ahab of success. 7 At Jehoshaphat's request Micaiah is sent for: 15 who foretelleth Ahab's death, and sheweth that his false prophets were possessed by a lying spirit. 24 He is ill treated, and sent to prison. 29 Ahab goeth in disguise to the battle. 31 Jehoshaphat being mistaken for Ahab narrowly escapeth being slain. 34 Ahab is killed by an arrow shot at a venture: the people are dispersed by proclamation. 37 Dogs lick up Ahab's blood, according to Elijah's prophecy. 39 The acts of Ahab, who is succeeded by Ahaziah. 41 Jehoshaphat's good reign: his acts. 50 Jehoshaphat dieth, and is succeeded by Jehoram. 51 Ahaziah's wicked reign.


AND they continued athree years without war between Syria and Israel.


And it bcame to pass in the third year, that cJehoshaphat the dking of Judah came down to the king of Israel.


And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that eRamoth in Gilead is ours, and we be 1still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?


And he said unto Jehoshaphat, fWilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.


And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, gEnquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.


Then the king of Israel gathered the hprophets 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; ifor the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.


And Jehoshaphat said, jIs there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?


And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet kone man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may lenquire of the LORD: but mI hate him; for he doth not prophesy ngood concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.


Then the king of Israel called an 2officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.


And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having oput on their robes, in a 3void place in the entrance of the gate of pSamaria; and all the prophets qprophesied before them.


And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him rhorns of iron: and he said, sThus saith the LORD, With these tshalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.


And all the prophets prophesied so, usaying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's hand.


And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the vwords 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 that which is good.


And Micaiah said, As wthe LORD liveth, what xthe LORD saith unto me, that will I speak.


¶So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, yGo, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.


And the king said unto him, How many times shall I z*adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?


And he said, aI saw all Israel bscattered upon the hills, cas sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.


And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did dI not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?

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And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD esitting on his throne, and all the fhost of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.


And the LORD said, Who shall 4persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.


And there came gforth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.


And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I hwill be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou ishalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.


Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.


But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and jsmote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?


And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go 5into 6an inner chamber to hide thyself.


And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;


And say, Thus saith the king, kPut this fellow in the prison, and feed him with lbread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.


And Micaiah said, mIf thou return at all in peace, nthe LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, oHearken, O people, every one of you.


So pthe king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.


And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, 7I will qdisguise myself, and enter into the battle; rbut put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.


But the king of Syria commanded his sthirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, tFight neither with small nor great, *save only with the king of Israel.


And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they uturned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat vcried out.


And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.


And a certain man drew a bow 8*at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the 9joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am 10wounded.


And wthe battle 11increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the 12midst of the chariot.


And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, xEvery man to his city, and every man to his own country.


¶So the king died, and 13was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria.


And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; yaccording unto the word of the LORD which he spake.


Now zthe rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the aivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?


So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his *stead.


¶And bJehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.


Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned ctwenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his dmother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.


And he ewalked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless fthe high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.


And Jehoshaphat gmade peace with the king of Israel.


Now hthe rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he shewed, and how he warred, are they not written iin the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?


And the jremnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.


There was then kno king in Edom: a deputy was king.


Jehoshaphat 14made ships of Tharshish lto go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at mEzion-geber.


Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But nJehoshaphat would not.


¶And Jehoshaphat oslept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his son reigned in his *stead.


¶Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned ptwo years over Israel.


And he qdid evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, rwho made Israel to sin:


For he served sBaal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.