1 Kings 22
Ahab, seduced by false prophets, according to the word of Micaiah, is slain at Ramoth-gilead.
1 Kings 22:1 And they continued three yeeres without warre betweene Syria and Israel. 1 Kings 22:2 And it came to passe on the third yere, that Iehoshaphat the King of Iudah came downe to the king of Israel. 1 Kings 22:3 (And the king of Israel said vnto his seruants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and wee be still, [and] take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?) 1 Kings 22:4 And hee said vnto Iehoshaphat, Wilt thou goe with me to battel to Ramoth Gilead? And Iehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I [am] as thou [art], my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses. 1 Kings 22:5 And Iehoshaphat said vnto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day. 1 Kings 22:6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together about foure hundred men, and said vnto them, Shall I goe against Ramoth Gilead to battell, or shall I forbeare? And they said, Goe vp, for the Lord shall deliuer it into the hand of the king. 1 Kings 22:7 And Iehoshaphat said, [Is] there not here a Prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? 1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said vnto Iehoshaphat, There is yet one man, (Micaiah the sonne of Imlah) by whom we may enquire of the LORD; but I hate him, for he doth not prophesie good concerning me, but euill. And Iehoshaphat said, Let not the King say so. 1 Kings 22:9 Then the king of Israel called an Officer, and said, Hasten [hither] Micaiah the sonne of Imlah. 1 Kings 22:10 And the King of Israel and Iehoshaphat the King of Iudah sate each on his throne, hauing put on their robes, in a voyd place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the Prophets prophecied before them. 1 Kings 22:11 And Zedekiah the sonne of Chenaanah made him hornes of yron: and he sayd, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, vntill thou haue consumed them. 1 Kings 22:12 And all the Prophets prophecied so, saying; Goe vp to Ramoth Gilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliuer [it] into the kings hand. 1 Kings 22:13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah, spake vnto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets [declare] good vnto the King with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, bee like the word of one of them, and speake [that which is] good. 1 Kings 22:14 And Micaiah sayde, As the LORD liueth, what the LORD saith vnto me, that will I speake.
1 Kings 22:15 So he came to the king, and the king sayd vnto him, Micaiah, shall wee goe against Ramoth Gilead to battell, or shall we forbeare? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliuer [it] into the hand of the king. 1 Kings 22:16 And the king said vnto him, How many times shall I adiure thee, that thou tell me nothing but that which is true, in the Name of the LORD? 1 Kings 22:17 And hee sayd, I saw all Israel scattered vpon the hilles, as sheepe that haue not a shepheard. And the LORD said, These haue no master, let them returne euery man to his house in peace. 1 Kings 22:18 And the King of Israel said vnto Iehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee, that he would prophecie no good concerning me, but euill? 1 Kings 22:19 And he said, Heare thou therefore the word of the LORD: I sawe the LORD sitting on his Throne, and all the hoste of heauen standing by him, on his right hand and on his left. 1 Kings 22:20 And the LORD said, Who shall perswade Ahab, that hee may goe vp and fall at Ramoth Gilead? And one sayd on this manner, and another said on that manner. 1 Kings 22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will perswade him. 1 Kings 22:22 And the LORD said vnto him, Wherewith? And hee sayd, I will goe foorth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt perswade him, and preuaile also: Goe forth, and doe so. 1 Kings 22:23 Now therfore behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken euill concerning thee. 1 Kings 22:24 But Zedekiah the sonne of Chenaanah went neere, and smote Micaiah on the cheeke, and said, Which [way] went the Spirit of the LORD from me, to speake vnto thee? 1 Kings 22:25 And Micaiah sayde, Beholde, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt goe into an inner chamber, to hide thy selfe. 1 Kings 22:26 And the King of Israel sayde, Take Micaiah, and cary him backe vnto Amon the gouernour of the citie, and to Ioash the kings sonne: 1 Kings 22:27 And say, Thus sayth the King, Put this fellow in the prison, and feede him with bread of affliction, and with water of afflictio, vntil I come in peace. 1 Kings 22:28 And Micaiah saide, If thou returne at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, euery one of you. 1 Kings 22:29 So the King of Israel, and Iehoshaphat the king of Iudah, went vp to Ramoth Gilead. 1 Kings 22:30 And the king of Israel said vnto Iehoshaphat, I wil disguise my selfe, & enter into the battell, but put thou on thy robes. And the King of Israel disguised himselfe, & went into the battell. 1 Kings 22:31 But the King of Syria commanded his thirtie and two Captaines that had rule ouer his charets, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, saue only with the king of Israel. 1 Kings 22:32 And it came to passe, when the captaines of the charets saw Iehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Iehoshaphat cryed out. 1 Kings 22:33 And it came to passe, when the captaines of the charets perceiued that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned backe from pursuing him. 1 Kings 22:34 And a certaine man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel betweene the ioynts of the harnesse: wherefore hee sayd vnto the driuer of his charet, Turne thine hand, and cary me out of the hoste, for I am wounded. 1 Kings 22:35 And the battell increased that day: and the king was stayed vp in his charet against the Syrians, and died at euen: and the blood ranne out of the wound, into the mids of the charet. 1 Kings 22:36 And there went a proclamation throughout the hoste, about the going downe of the Sunne, saying, Euery man to his citie, and euery man to his owne countrey.
The dogs lick up his blood, and Ahaziah succeedeth him.
1 Kings 22:37 So the King died, and was brought to Samaria, and they buried the king in Samaria. 1 Kings 22:38 And one washed the charet in the poole of Samaria, and the dogges licked vp his blood, and they washed his armour, according vnto the word of the LORD which he spake. 1 Kings 22:39 Now the rest of the actes of Ahab, and all that he did, and the Iuory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, [are] they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 1 Kings 22:40 So Ahab slept with his fathers, and Ahaziah his sonne reigned in his stead.
Jehoshaphat's good reign.
1 Kings 22:41 And Iehoshaphat the sonne of Asa began to reigne ouer Iudah in the fourth yeere of Ahab King of Israel. 1 Kings 22:42 Iehoshaphat [was] thirtie and fiue yeeres olde when hee began to reigne, and he reigned twentie and fiue yeeres in Ierusalem: and his mothers name [was] Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 1 Kings 22:43 And he walked in all the wayes of Asa his father, hee turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: neuerthelesse, the high places were not taken away: [for] the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places. 1 Kings 22:44 And Iehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
1 Kings 22:45 Now the rest of the actes of Iehoshaphat, and his might that hee shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the Kings of Iudah? 1 Kings 22:46 And the remnant of the Sodomites which remained in the dayes of his father Asa, he tooke out of the land. 1 Kings 22:47 There was then no king in Edom: a deputie [was] king. 1 Kings 22:48 Iehoshaphat made shippes of Tharshish to goe to Ophir for golde: but they went not, for the shippes were broken at Ezion Geber. 1 Kings 22:49 Then said Ahaziah the sonne of Ahab vnto Iehoshaphat, Let my seruants goe with thy seruants in the ships: But Iehoshaphat would not.
Jehoram succeedeth him.
1 Kings 22:50 And Iehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the citie of Dauid his father: and Iehoram his sonne reigned in his stead.
Ahaziah's evil reign.
1 Kings 22:51 Ahaziah the sonne of Ahab began to reigne ouer Israel in Samaria the seuenteenth yeere of Iehoshaphat king of Iudah, and reigned two yeres ouer Israel. 1 Kings 22:52 And he did euill in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat, who made Israel to sinne. 1 Kings 22:53 For he serued Baal, and worshipped him, and prouoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according vnto all that his father had done.