Bible: 2 Chron 18:1-17

Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab

18:1 Jehoshaphat was very wealthy and greatly respected. He made an alliance by marriage with Ahab, 18:2 and after several years 1  went down to visit 2  Ahab in Samaria. 3  Ahab slaughtered many sheep and cattle to honor Jehoshaphat and those who came with him. 4  He persuaded him to join in an attack 5  against Ramoth Gilead. 18:3 King Ahab of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to attack Ramoth Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I will support you; my army is at your disposal and will support you in battle.” 6  18:4 Then Jehoshaphat added, 7 First seek an oracle from the Lord.” 8  18:5 So the king of Israel assembled 400 prophets and asked them, “Should we attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” 9  They said, “Attack! God 10  will hand it over to the king.” 18:6 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there not a prophet of the Lord still here, that we may ask him? 18:7 The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man through whom we can seek the Lord’s will. 11  But I despise 12  him because he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but always 13  disaster. His name is Micaiah son of Imlah. 14  Jehoshaphat said, “The king should not say such things! 18:8 The king of Israel summoned an officer and said, “Quickly bring Micaiah son of Imlah.”

18:9 Now the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah were sitting on their respective thrones, dressed in their royal robes, at the threshing floor at 15  the entrance of the gate of Samaria. All the prophets were prophesying before them. 18:10 Zedekiah son of Kenaanah made iron horns and said, “This is what the Lord says, ‘With these you will gore Syria until they are destroyed!’ 18:11 All the prophets were prophesying the same, saying, “Attack Ramoth Gilead! You will succeed; the Lord will hand it over to the king! 18:12 Now the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Look, the prophets are in complete agreement that the king will succeed. 16  Your words must agree with theirs; you must predict success! 17  18:13 But Micaiah said, “As certainly as the Lord lives, I will say what my God tells me to say!

18:14 Micaiah 18  came before the king and the king asked him, “Micaiah, should we attack Ramoth Gilead or not?” He answered him, “Attack! You will succeed; they will be handed over to you.” 19  18:15 The king said to him, “How many times must I make you solemnly promise in 20  the name of the Lord to tell me only the truth? 18:16 Micaiah 21  replied, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep that have no shepherd. Then the Lord said, ‘They have no master. They should go home in peace.’ 18:17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Didn’t I tell you he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but disaster?

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