1 Kings 22
And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.||
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
came down to the king of Israel.||
And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in
Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to
Ramothgilead? 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, Enquire, I pray thee, at the
word of the LORD to day.||
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred
men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall
I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand
of the king.||
And Jehoshaphat said, Is 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 one man,
Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate
him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat
said, Let not the king say so.||
Then the king of Israel called an officer, 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 put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the
gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.||
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said,
Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have
And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, 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 words 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 the LORD liveth, what the 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 Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him,
Go, 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 adjure thee that thou
tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?||
And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have
not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let them return
every man to his house in peace.||
(22:19) "I saw the Lord sitting on his throne." |
Can God be seen?
"And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab?"
God asks for volunteer among the guys hanging out with him. He wants one of them to lie for him so that he can get Ahab killed.
God puts a "lying spirit" in the mouth of his prophets.
(So those Bible verses saying that it is wrong to lie and that God doesn't lie must be lies.)
Is it wrong to lie?
Does God lie?
(22:22) "I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets."
(22:23) "The LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and
the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee."
(22:24) "Zedekiah ... smote Micaiah on the
cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I 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 sitting
on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right
hand and on his left.
And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at
Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will
And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying
spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persude
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 smote Micaiah on the
cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto
And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go
into an 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, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him
with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in
And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken
by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.||
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and
enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel
disguised himself, and went into the battle.||
But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule
over his chariots, saying, Fight 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 turned aside to
fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried 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 at a venture, and smote the king of Israel
between the joints 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 wounded.||
And the battle increased 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 midst of the chariot.||
(22:35) "The king ... died at even: and the blood ran out of the
wound into the midst of the chariot."|
God killed Ahab for showing mercy to king Benhadad. (See 1 Kings 20:42)
God's 81st Killing
And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of
the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in
And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up
his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the LORD
which he spake.||
Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory 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 Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth
year of Ahab king of Israel.||
thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and
five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of
(22:43) "The high places were not taken away."|
Did Jehoshaphat remove the high places?
And he walked 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 the high places were not
taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high
And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.||
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he shewed, and
how he warred, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Judah?||
And the remnant of the
sodomites, which remained in the days of his father
Asa, he took out of the land.||
"And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land."
Jehoshaphat "did that which was right in the eyes
of the Lord" and "took" the homosexuals (sodomites) "out
of the land," or as the RSV says, "he exterminated" them.
There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went
not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go
with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not.||
And Jehoshaphat slept 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 two years over
And he did 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, who made Israel to sin:||
For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God
of Israel, according to all that his father had done.