0 SAB 2 Chronicles 18

Asa ... was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. 16:12

Trivia: Who killed Jeroboam?

2 Chronicles


Ahab and Jehoshaphat ask God if they should attack Syria
18:1-17, Cf. 1 Kg 22:1-18

1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.

2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramothgilead.

King Jehoshaphat of Judah came to meet King Ahab of Israel.

3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.

Ahab asked Jehoshaphat,
Will you help me fight Ramothgilead?

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

Jehoshaphat answered,

Don't ask me. Ask the word of the Lord.

5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.

So Ahab gathered 400 prophets and asked them. [1]

They said,

Go to war against Ramothgilead.

God will deliver it into your hand.

6But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?

Jehoshaphat said,
Is there another prophet around here that we can ask?

7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

Ahab said,
Yes, there's another guy we could ask.

His name is Micaiah, but I hate him.

He always prophesies bad things about me.

8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.

9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.

But Ahab called for Micaiah, while the two kings sat on their thrones and prophets prophesied for them.

10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be consumed.

Zedekiah made some iron horns, and said,
This is what God says:
With these iron horns you'll destroy the Syrians.

11And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.

All the prophets prophesied, saying,
Attack Ramothgilead. God will deliver it into your hand.

12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of their's, and speak thou good.

The messenger that was sent to fetch Micaiah said to him,
Only prophesy good things like everyone else has.

13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.

Micaiah said,
I'll say whatever God tells me to say.

14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand.

When Micaiah arrived, King Ahab asked him,
Should I fight against Ramothgilead?

Micaiah said,

Yes. God will deliver it into your hand.

15And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?

Ahab said,
How many times have I told you? Tell me the truth.

16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace.

Micaiah said,
I saw the Israelites scattered on the hills with no one to guide them.

God said, "Send them home."

17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?

Ahab said to Jehoshaphat,
See, I told you. He'd only say bad things about me.
God puts a lying spirit in the mouth of his prophets
18:18-27, Cf. 1 Kg 22:19-28

18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.

19And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.

Micaiah said,
Hear the word of God.

I saw God sitting on his throne [2] and he said,

Who can persuade Ahab to attack Ramothgilead? [3]

20Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?

21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.

And a spirit from God said to God, "I will persuade him."

God said, "How will you do that?"

The spirit said, "I'll make the prophets lie to Ahab."

God said, "Good. Go do that."

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

So God has made your prophets lie to you. [4]

23Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?

Zedekiah hit Micaiah on the cheek and said,
Why would God speak to you instead of me?

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

Micaiah said,
You'll find out when you're hiding in a room someplace.

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

26 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 return in peace.

King Ahab said,
Put Micaiah in prison and feed him only bread and water until I return in peace.

27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.

Micaiah said,
If you return in peace, then God has never spoken to me.

Listen, people, to what I have said.

King Ahab dies
18:28-34, Cf. 1 Kg 22:29-53

28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.

29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.

30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king of Israel.

31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.

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

So Ahab and Jehoshaphat fought the Syrians at Ramothgilead.

33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.

34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.

A Syrian's arrow wounded King Ahab in the chest.

He died from loss of blood that evening. [5]


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