1There was a lul of three years, with no fighting between Aram and Israel. 2Then, in the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah paid a visit to the king of Israel. 3The king of Israel said to his officers, 'You are aware that Ramoth in Gilead belongs to us? And yet wedo nothing to wrest it away from the king of Aram.' 4He said to Jehoshaphat, 'Wil you come with me to attack Ramoth in Gilead?' Jehoshaphat replied tothe king of Israel, 'I will be as you, my men as yours, my horses as yours.' 5Jehoshaphat, however, said to the king of Israel, 'First, please enquire what the word of Yahweh is.' 6The king of Israel then cal ed the prophets together, about four hundred of them. 'Should I go andattack Ramoth in Gilead,' he asked, 'or should I hold back?' 'Go ahead,' they replied, 'for Yahweh has alreadygiven it to the king.' 7Jehoshaphat, however, said, 'Is there no other prophet of Yahweh here, so that we can enquirethrough him?' 8The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'There is one more man through whom we can consultYahweh, but I hate him because he never has a favourable prophecy for me, only unfavourable ones; he isMicaiah son of Imlah.' 'I hope the king's words are unjustified,' said Jehoshaphat. 9The king of Israel then summoned a court official and said, 'Bring Micaiah son of Imlah immediately.' 10The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting each on his throne, wearing their robes,in an open space just outside the gate of Samaria, with al the prophets in a state of ecstasy before them. 11Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, who had made himself some iron horns, said, 'Yahweh says, "With hornslike these you wil gore the Aramaeans til you make an end of them." ' 12And all the prophets cried ecstatical y in the same vein, saying, 'March on Ramoth in Gilead! Success is sure, for Yahweh has already given it to the king!' 13The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, 'Look here, what the prophets aresaying is uniformly favourable to the king. I hope you wil say the same as they do and speak favourably.' 14Micaiah said, 'As Yahweh lives, I shal speak as Yahweh tel s me!' 15When he came to the king, the king said, 'Micaiah, should we go and attack Ramoth in Gilead, orshould we hold back?' He replied, 'Go ahead! Success is sure, for Yahweh has already given it to the king!' 16The king then said, 'How often must I put you on oath to tell me nothing but the truth in the name ofYahweh?' 17Then he spoke out: I saw al Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep without a shepherd. AndYahweh said, 'These have no master, let them all go safely home!' 18At this the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'Did I not tell you that he never gives me favourableprophecies, but only unfavourable ones?' 19Micaiah went on, 'Now listen to the word of Yahweh. I saw Yahweh seated on his throne with thewhole array of heaven standing by him, on his right and on his left.20Yahweh said, "Who will entice Ahab into marching to his death at Ramoth in Gilead?" At which someanswered one way, and some another. 21A spirit then came forward and stood before Yahweh and said, "I wil entice him." 22"How?" Yahweh asked. He replied, "I shal go and be a deceptive spirit in the mouths of al hisprophets." Yahweh said, "You wil succeed in enticing him. Go and do it." 23And now, you see, Yahweh has put a deceptive spirit into the mouths of al your prophets here, for infact Yahweh has pronounced disaster on you.' 24Zedekiah son of Chenaanah then came up, struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, 'Which way didYahweh's spirit leave me, to speak to you?' 25'That is what you will find out,' Micaiah retorted, 'the day you go from room to room, trying to hide.' 26The king of Israel said, 'Seize Micaiah and hand him over to Amon, governor of the city, and Joash,the king's son, 27and say, "These are the king's orders: Put this man in prison and feed him on nothing but bread andwater until I am safely home." ' 28Micaiah said, 'If you ever do get home safely, Yahweh has not spoken through me.' 29The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah marched on Ramoth in Gilead. 30The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'I shal disguise myself to go into battle, but you put on yourrobes.' So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. 31Now, the king of Aram had given his chariot commanders the fol owing order, 'Do not attack anyoneof whatever rank, except the king of Israel.' 32So, when the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, 'That is obviously the king ofIsrael,' and surrounded him to attack. But when Jehoshaphat shouted his war cry 33the chariot commanders, realising that he was not the king of Israel, broke off their pursuit. 34Someone, however, drawing his bow without any special aim, shot the king of Israel between thejoints of his armour. 'Turn about!' said the king to his charioteer. 'Get me out of the fighting; I am col apsing.' 35But the battle grew fiercer as the day went on and the king had to be held upright in his chariot facingthe Aramaeans, the blood from the wound running into the bottom of the chariot, until in the evening he died. 36At sundown a shout ran through the ranks, 'Every man back to his town, every man back to hiscountry! 37The king is dead.' He was taken to Samaria and in Samaria the king was buried. 38They washed the chariot at the Pool of Samaria; the dogs licked up the blood, and the prostituteswashed in it, in accordance with the word which Yahweh had spoken. 39The rest of the history of Ahab, his entire career, the ivory house he erected, al the towns he built, isthis not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel? 40When Ahab fel asleep with his ancestors, his son Ahaziah succeeded him. 41Jehoshaphat son of Asa became king of Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel. 42Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he came to the throne, and he reigned for twenty-fiveyears in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. 43In every way he followed the example of his father Asa undeviatingly, doing what is pleasing toYahweh. 44The high places, however, were not abolished; the people stil offered sacrifice and incense on thehigh places. 45Jehoshaphat was at peace with the king of Israel. 46The rest of the history of Jehoshaphat, the valour he showed, the wars he waged, is this not recordedin the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? 47The few male sacred prostitutes left over from the days of his father Asa, he expel ed from thecountry. 48At the time, Edom had no king, and King 49Jehoshaphat built ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they never made the voyage since theships were wrecked at Ezion-Geber. 50Ahaziah son of Ahab then proposed to Jehoshaphat, 'Let my men go to sea with yours.' ButJehoshaphat would not agree. 51When Jehoshaphat fel asleep with his ancestors he was buried in the City of his ancestor, David; hisson Jehoram succeeded him. 52Ahaziah son of Ahab became king of Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king ofJudah, and reigned over Israel for two years. 53He did what is displeasing to Yahweh, by following the example of his father and mother, and ofJeroboam son of Nebat who had led Israel into sin. 54He served Baal and worshipped him, and provoked the anger of Yahweh God of Israel just as hisfather had done.
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