1Jehoshaphat had much wealth and honor. He made an agreement with King Ahab through marriage. 2A few years later, Jehoshaphat visited Ahab in the town of Samaria. Ahab sacrificed many sheep and cows for Jehoshaphat and the people with him. Ahab encouraged Jehoshaphat to attack the town of Ramoth Gilead. 3Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to attack Ramoth Gilead?” Ahab was the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah. Jehoshaphat answered Ahab, “I am like you, and my people are like your people. We will join you in the battle.” 4Jehoshaphat also said to Ahab, “But first, let’s look for a message from the Lord.” 5So King Ahab gathered the prophets together, 400 men. Ahab said to them, “Should we go to war against the town of Ramoth Gilead, or not?” The prophets answered Ahab, “Go, because God will let you defeat Ramoth Gilead.” 6But Jehoshaphat said, “Is one of the Lord’s prophets here? We need to ask the Lord through one of his prophets.” 7Then King Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man here. We can ask the Lord through him. But I hate this man, because he never has a good message from the Lord about me. He always has bad messages for me. That man’s name is Micaiah. He is Imlah’s son.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Ahab, you should not say that!” 8Then King Ahab called one of his officials and said, “Hurry, bring Micaiah the son of Imlah here!” 9Ahab the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah had their kings’ robes on. They were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor near the front gate of the city of Samaria. Those 400 prophets were speaking their messages in front of the two kings. 10Zedekiah was the son of a man named Kenaanah. Zedekiah made some horns from iron. Zedekiah said, “This is what the Lord says: 'You will use these iron horns to stab the Aramean people until they are destroyed.” 11All the prophets said the same thing. They said, “Go to the town of Ramoth Gilead. You will have success and win. The Lord will let the king defeat the Aramean people.” 12The messenger that went to get Micaiah said to him, “Micaiah, listen, all the prophets say the same thing. They are saying the king will have success. So say the same things they are saying. You also say good things.” 13But Micaiah answered, “As sure as the Lord lives, I can only say what my God says.” 14Then Micaiah came to King Ahab. The king said to him, “Micaiah, should we go to the town of Ramoth Gilead to fight or not?” Micaiah answered, “Go and attack. God will let you defeat those people.” 15King Ahab said to Micaiah, “Many times I made you promise to tell me only the truth in the name of the Lord!” 16Then Micaiah said, “I saw all the people of Israel scattered on the mountains. They were like sheep without a shepherd. The Lord said, 'They have no leader. Let each person go home safely.’” 17Ahab, King of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I told you that Micaiah would not have a good message from the Lord about me! He only has bad messages about me!” 18Micaiah said, “Hear the message from the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. All of heaven’s army was standing around him, some on his left side and some on his right side. 19The Lord said, 'Who will trick Ahab, king of Israel, to attack the town of Ramoth Gilead so he may be killed there?’ Different ones who stood around the Lord said different things. 20Then a spirit came and stood before the Lord. That spirit said, 'I will trick Ahab.’ The Lord asked that spirit, 'How?’ 21That spirit answered, 'I will go out and become a lying spirit in Ahab’s prophets’ mouths.’ And the Lord said, 'You will succeed in tricking Ahab. So go out and do it.’ 22“Now look Ahab, the Lord has put a lying spirit in your prophets’ mouths. The Lord has said bad things will happen to you.” 23Then Zedekiah went over to Micaiah and hit him in the face. Zedekiah’s father’s name was Kenaanah. Zedekiah said, “Micaiah, which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” 24Micaiah answered, “Zedekiah, you will find out on the day you go to hide in an inside room!” 25Then King Ahab said, “Take Micaiah and send him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son. 26Say to Amon and Joash, 'This is what the king says: Put Micaiah in prison. Don’t give him anything to eat except bread and water until I come back from the battle.’” 27Micaiah answered, “Ahab, if you come back from battle safely, then the Lord has not spoken through me. Hear and remember my words, all you people!” 28So Ahab king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah attacked the town of Ramoth Gilead. 29King Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, “I will change my appearance before I go into battle. But you wear your own robes.” So Ahab, king of Israel changed his appearance, and the two kings went into battle. 30The king of Aram gave an order to his chariot commanders. He told them, “Don’t fight with any person, no matter how great or how humble. But fight only with Ahab, the king of Israel.” 31When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, “There is Ahab, the king of Israel!” They turned toward Jehoshaphat to attack him. But Jehoshaphat shouted out, and the Lord helped him. God made the chariot commanders turn away from Jehoshaphat. 32When they saw that Jehoshaphat was not the king of Israel, they stopped chasing him. 33But a soldier happened to shoot an arrow from his bow without aiming at anything. That arrow hit Ahab king of Israel. It hit Ahab in an open part of his armor. Ahab said to the man driving his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle. I am hurt!” 34The battle became worse that day. Ahab propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until the evening. Then Ahab died at sunset.
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