1 Kings 22 ©
Ahab persuadeth Jehoshaphat to go with him against Ramoth-gilead. Jehoshaphat proposing to enquire of the Lord, the false prophets assure Ahab of success. At Jehoshaphat's request Micaiah is sent for: who foretelleth Ahab's death, and sheweth that his false prophets were possessed by a lying spirit. He is ill treated, and sent to prison. Ahab goeth in disguise to the battle. Jehoshaphat being mistaken for Ahab narrowly escapeth being slain. Ahab is killed by an arrow shot at a venture: the people are dispersed by proclamation. Dogs lick up Ahab's blood, according to Elijah's prophecy. The acts of Ahab, who is succeeded by Ahaziah. Jehoshaphat's good reign: his acts. Jehoshaphat dieth, and is succeeded by Jehoram. 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.
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 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 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 king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did dI not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
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 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.
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;
So pthe king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead.
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.
¶So the king died, and 13was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria.
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.
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.