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2 Chronicles 18 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:1 - Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:2 - After some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria; and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:3 - So Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?” And he answered him, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will be with you in the war.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:4 - Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire for the word of the LORD today.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:5 - Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” So they said, “Go up, for God will deliver it into the king’s hand.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:6 - But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not still a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of Him?”[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:7 - So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD; but I hate him, because he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil. He is Micaiah the son of Imla.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:8 - Then the king of Israel called one of his officers and said, “Bring Micaiah the son of Imla quickly!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:9 - The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah, clothed in their robes, sat each on his throne; and they sat at a threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:10 - Now Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made horns of iron for himself; and he said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘With these you shall gore the Syrians until they are destroyed.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:11 - And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, “Go up to Ramoth Gilead and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the king’s hand.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:12 - Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Therefore please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:13 - And Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, whatever my God says, that I will speak.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:14 - Then he came to the king; and the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?” And he said, “Go and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:15 - So the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:16 - Then he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master. Let each return to his house in peace.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:17 - And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:18 - Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:19 - “And the LORD said, ‘Who will persuade Ahab king of Israel to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?’ So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:20 - “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ The LORD said to him, ‘In what way?’

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:21 - “So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the LORD said, ‘You shall persuade him and also prevail; go out and do so.’

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:22 - “Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:23 - Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, and said, “Which way did the spirit from the LORD go from me to speak to you?”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:24 - And Micaiah said, “Indeed you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:25 - Then the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son;

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:26 - “and say, ‘Thus says the king: “Put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I return in peace.” ’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:27 - But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the LORD has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Take heed, all you people!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:28 - So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth Gilead.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:29 - And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle; but you put on your robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:30 - Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots who were with him, saying, “Fight with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:31 - So it was, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, “It is the king of Israel!” Therefore they surrounded him to attack; but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him, and God diverted them from him.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:32 - For so it was, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:33 - Now a certain man drew a bow at random, and struck the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the battle, for I am wounded.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 18:34 - The battle increased that day, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Syrians until evening; and about the time of sunset he died.
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