2 Kings 3 ©
Jehoram's evil reign. Mesha king of Moab rebelleth. Jehoram with Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom goeth against him; being distressed for want of water they apply to Elisha, who promiseth them water, and assureth them of victory. The water cometh in great plenty, and is mistaken by the Moabites for blood; they come in hopes of spoil, and are entirely defeated. The king of Moab, failing in his attempt to break through unto the king of Edom, sacrificeth his son, and raiseth the siege.
But Jehoshaphat said, mIs there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And none of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which opoured water on the hands of Elijah.
And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, rWhat have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: sfor the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
¶And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they 4gathered all that were able to 5put on armour, and upward, and stood in the 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 blood:
And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely 6slain, 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 7they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.
And dthey 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 *felled all the good trees: 8only in Kir-haraseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers 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 swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
Then he took ehis eldest son that should have reigned in his *stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.