And Jehoram son of Ahab hath reigned over Israel, in
Samaria, in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigneth
and doth the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, only not
like his father, and like his mother, and he turneth aside the standing-pillar
of Baal that his father made;
only to the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat that he caused
Israel to sin he hath cleaved, he hath not turned aside from it.
And Mesha king of Moab was a sheep-master, and he rendered
to the king of Israel a hundred thousand lambs, and a hundred thousand rams, with
and it cometh to pass at the death of Ahab, that the king of
Moab transgresseth against the king of Israel.
And king Jehoram goeth out in that day from Samaria, and
inspecteth all Israel,
and goeth and sendeth unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah,
saying, 'The king of Moab hath transgressed against me; dost thou go with me
unto Moab for battle?' and he saith, 'I go up, as I, so thou; as my people, so
thy people; as my horses, so thy horses.
And he saith, 'Where is this -- the way we go up?'
and he saith, 'The way of the wilderness of Edom.'
And the king of Israel goeth, and the king of Judah, and the
king of Edom, and they turn round the way seven days, and there hath been no
water for the camp, and for the cattle that are at their feet,
and the king of Israel saith, 'Alas, for Jehovah hath called
for these three kings, to give them into the hand of Moab.'
And Jehoshaphat saith, 'Is there not here a prophet of
Jehovah, and we seek Jehovah by him?' And one of the servants of the king of
Israel answereth and saith, 'Here is Elisha son of Shaphat, who poured
water on the hands of Elijah.'
And Jehoshaphat saith, 'The word of Jehovah is with him;'
and go down unto him do the king of Israel, and Jehoshaphat, and the king of
And Elisha saith unto the king of Israel, 'What -- to me and
to thee? go unto the prophets of thy father, and unto the prophets of thy
mother;' and the king of Israel saith to him, 'Nay, for Jehovah hath called for
these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.'
And Elisha saith, 'Jehovah of Hosts liveth, before whom I
have stood; for unless the face of Jehoshaphat king of Judah I am lifting up, I
do not look unto thee, nor see thee;
and now, bring to me a minstrel; and it hath been, at the
playing of the minstrel, that the hand of Jehovah is on him,
and he saith, 'Thus said Jehovah, Make this valley ditches
for thus said Jehovah, Ye do not see wind, nor do ye see
rain, and that valley is full of water, and ye have drunk -- ye, and your
cattle, and your beasts.
'And this hath been light in the eyes of Jehovah, and he
hath given Moab into your hand,
and ye have smitten every fenced city, and every choice
city, and every good tree ye cause to fall, and all fountains of waters ye
stop, and every good portion ye mar with stones.'
And it cometh to pass in the morning, at the ascending of
the morning-present, that lo, waters are coming in from the way of Edom,
and the land is filled with the waters,
and all Moab have heard that the kings have come up to fight
against them, and they are called together, from every one girding on a girdle
and upward, and they stand by the border.
And they rise early in the morning, and the sun hath shone
on the waters, and the Moabites see, from over-against, the waters red as
and say, 'Blood this is; the kings have been surely
destroyed, and they smite each his neighbour; and now for spoil, Moab!'
And they come in unto the camp of Israel, and the Israelites
rise, and smite the Moabites, and they flee from their face; and they enter
into Moab, so as to smite Moab,
and the cities they break down, and on every good
portion they cast each his stone, and have filled it, and every fountain of
water they stop, and every good tree they cause to fall -- till one had left
its stones in Kir-Haraseth, and the slingers go round and smite it.
And the king of Moab seeth that the battle has been too
strong for him, and he taketh with him seven hundred men, drawing sword, to
cleave through unto the king of Edom, and they have not been able,
and he taketh his son, the first-born who reigneth in his
stead, and causeth him to ascend -- a burnt-offering on the wall, and there is
great wrath against Israel, and they journey from off him, and turn back to the