And Jehoshaphat hath riches and honour in abundance, and
joineth affinity to Ahab,
and goeth down at the end of certain years unto Ahab
to Samaria, and Ahab sacrificeth for him sheep and oxen in abundance, and for
the people who are with him, and persuadeth him to go up unto
And Ahab king of Israel saith unto Jehoshaphat king of
Judah, 'Dost thou go with me to Ramoth-Gilead?' And he saith to him, 'As
I -- so thou, and as thy people -- my people, even with thee in battle.'
And Jehoshaphat saith unto the king of Israel, 'Seek, I pray
thee, this day, the word of Jehovah.'
And the king of Israel gathereth the prophets, four hundred
men, and saith unto them, 'Do we go unto Ramoth-Gilead to battle, or do I
forbear?' And they say, 'Go up, and God doth give it into the hand of
And Jehoshaphat saith, 'Is there not here a prophet of
Jehovah still, and we seek from him?'
And the king of Israel saith unto Jehoshaphat, 'Still -- one
man to seek Jehovah from him, and I -- I have hated him, for he is not
prophesying concerning me of good, but all his days of evil, he is
Micaiah son of Imlah;' and Jehoshaphat saith, 'Let not the king say so.'
And the king of Israel calleth unto a certain officer, and
saith, 'Hasten Micaiah son of Imlah.'
And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah are
sitting, each on his throne, clothed with garments, and they are sitting in a
threshing-floor at the opening of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets are
prophesying before them.
And Zedekiah son of Chenaanah maketh for himself horns of
iron, and saith, 'Thus said Jehovah,
With these thou dost push Aram till thou hast consumed
them.' And all the prophets are prophesying so, saying, 'Go up to
Ramath-Gilead and prosper, and Jehovah hath given it into the hand of
And the messenger who hath gone to call for Micaiah hath
spoken unto him, saying, 'Lo, the words of the prophets -- one mouth -- are
good towards the king, and let, I pray thee, thy word be like one of theirs:
and thou hast spoken good.'
And Micaiah saith 'Jehovah liveth, surely that which my God
saith, it I speak.'
And he cometh in unto the king, and the king saith unto him,
'Micaiah, do we go unto Ramoth-Gilead to battle, or do I forbear?' And he
saith, 'Go ye up, and prosper, and they are given into your hand.'
And the king saith unto him, 'How many times am I adjuring
thee, that thou speak unto me only truth in the name of Jehovah?'
And he saith, 'I have seen all Israel scattered on the
mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd, and Jehovah saith, There are no
masters to these, they turn back each to his house in peace.'
And the king of Israel saith unto Jehoshaphat, 'Did I not
say unto thee, He doth not prophesy concerning me good, but rather of evil?'
And he saith, 'Therefore, hear ye a word of Jehovah: I have
seen Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of the heavens standing on
His right and His left;
and Jehovah saith, Who doth entice Ahab king of Israel, and
he doth go up and fall in Ramoth-Gilead? And this speaker saith thus, and that
And go out doth the spirit, and stand before Jehovah, and
saith, I do entice him; and Jehovah saith unto him, With what?
and he saith, I go out, and have become a spirit of
falsehood in the mouth of all his prophets. And He saith, Thou dost entice, and
also, thou art able; go out and do so.
And, now, lo, Jehovah hath put a spirit of falsehood in the
mouth of these thy prophets, and Jehovah hath spoken concerning thee -- evil.'
And Zedekiah son of Chenaanah cometh nigh, and smiteth
Micaiah on the cheek, and saith, 'Where is this -- the way the Spirit of
Jehovah passed over from me to speak with thee?'
And Micaiah saith, 'Lo, thou dost see in that day, that thou
dost enter into the innermost chamber to be hidden.'
And the king of Israel saith, 'Take ye Micaiah, and turn him
back unto Amon head of the city, and unto Joash son of the king,
and ye have said, Thus said the king, Put ye this one
in the house of restraint, and cause him to eat bread of oppression, and water
of oppression, till my return in peace.'
And Micaiah saith, 'If thou dost certainly return in peace,
Jehovah hath not spoken by me;' and he saith, 'Hear ye, O peoples, all of
And the king of Israel goeth up, and Jehoshaphat king of
Judah, unto Ramoth-Gilead;
and the king of Israel saith unto Jehoshaphat to disguise
himself, and to go into battle, 'And thou, put on thy garments.' And the king
of Israel disguiseth himself, and they go into battle.
And the king of Aram hath commanded the heads of the
charioteers whom he hath, saying, 'Ye do not fight with small or with great,
except with the king of Israel by himself.'
And it cometh to pass at the heads of the charioteers seeing
Jehoshaphat, that they have said, 'The king of Israel he is,' and they turn
round against him to fight, and Jehoshaphat crieth out, and Jehovah hath helped
him, and God enticeth them from him,
yea, it cometh to pass, at the heads of the charioteers
seeing that it hath not been the king of Israel -- they turn back from after
And a man hath drawn with a bow, in his simplicity, and
smiteth the king of Israel between the joinings and the coat of mail, and he
saith to the charioteer, 'Turn thy hand, and thou hast brought me out of the
camp, for I have become sick.'
And the battle increaseth on that day, and the king of
Israel hath been stayed up in the chariot over-against Aram till the evening,
and he dieth at the time of the going in of the sun.