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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 yeere without warre betweene Aram and Israel. 1 Kings 22:2 And in the third yeere did Iehoshaphat the King of Iudah come downe to ye King of Israel. 1 Kings 22:3 (Then the King of Israel saide vnto his seruants, Knowe yee not that Ramoth Gilead was ours? And wee stay, and take it not out of ye hand of the King of Aram?) 1 Kings 22:4 And he sayde vnto Iehoshaphat, Wilt thou goe with mee to battel against Ramoth Gilead? And Iehoshaphat saide vnto the King of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and mine horses as thine horses. 1 Kings 22:5 Then Iehoshaphat saide vnto the King of Israel, Aske counsaile, I pray thee, of the Lord to day. 1 Kings 22:6 Then the King of Israel gathered the prophets vpon a foure hundreth men, and said vnto them, Shal I go against Ramoth Gilead to battel, or shal I let it alone? And they said, Go vp: for ye Lord shall deliuer it into the hands of the King. 1 Kings 22:7 And Iehoshaphat said, Is there here neuer a Prophet of the Lorde more, that we might inquire of him? 1 Kings 22:8 And the King of Israel said vnto Iehoshaphat, There is yet one man (Michaiah the sonne of Imlah) by whom we may aske counsel of the Lord, but I hate him: for he doeth not prophecie good vnto me, but euill; Iehoshaphat sayd, Let not the King say so. 1 Kings 22:9 Then the King of Israel called an Eunuche, and sayde, Call quickely Michaiah the sonne of Imlah. 1 Kings 22:10 And the King of Israel & Iehoshaphat the King of Iudah sate either of them on his throne in their apparell in the voyde place at the entring in of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets prophecied before them. 1 Kings 22:11 And Zidkiiah the sonne of Chenaanah made him hornes of yron, and sayd, Thus sayth the Lord, With these shalt thou push the Aramites, vntill thou hast 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 Michaiah spake vnto him, saying, Beholde now, the wordes of the prophets declare good vnto the King with one accorde: let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be like the worde of one of them, and speake thou good. 1 Kings 22:14 And Michaiah saide, As the Lord liueth, whatsoeuer the Lord sayth vnto me, that will I speake.

1 Kings 22:15 So he came to the King, & the King said vnto him, Michaiah, shall we go against Ramoth Gilead to battel, or shall we leaue off? And he answered him, Goe vp, and prosper: and the Lord shall deliuer it into the hand of the King. 1 Kings 22:16 And the King said vnto him, How oft shall I charge thee, that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the Name of the Lord? 1 Kings 22:17 Then he said, I sawe all Israel scattered vpon the mountaines, as sheepe that had no shepheard; the Lorde sayde, These haue no master, let euery man returne vnto his house in peace. 1 Kings 22:18 (And the King of Israel saide vnto Iehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee, that he would prophecie no good vnto me, but euill?) 1 Kings 22:19 Againe he said, Heare thou therefore the worde of the Lorde. I sawe the Lorde sit on his throne, and all the hoste of heauen stood about him on his right hand and on his left hand. 1 Kings 22:20 And the Lord sayd, Who shall entise Ahab that he may go and fall at Ramoth Gilead? And one said on this maner, and another sayd on that maner. 1 Kings 22:21 Then there came forth a spirit, & stoode before the Lord, and sayd, I wil entise him; the Lord sayd vnto him, Wherewith? 1 Kings 22:22 And he sayd, I will goe out, and be a false spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. Then he sayd, Thou shalt entise him, and shalt also preuayle: goe forth, and doe so. 1 Kings 22:23 Now therefore behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirite in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath appoynted euill against thee. 1 Kings 22:24 Then Zidkiiah the sonne of Chenaanah came neere, and smote Michaiah on the cheeke and sayd, When went the Spirite of the Lord from me, to speake vnto thee? 1 Kings 22:25 And Michaiah saide, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt goe from chamber to chamber to hide thee. 1 Kings 22:26 And the King of Israel sayd, Take Michaiah, and cary him vnto Amon the gouernour of the citie, and vnto Ioash the Kings sonne, 1 Kings 22:27 And say, Thus saith the King, Put this man in the prison house, and feede him with bread of affliction, and with water of affliction, vntill I returne in peace. 1 Kings 22:28 And Michaiah sayde, If thou returne in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me; he sayd, Hearken all ye people. 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 sayde to Iehoshaphat, I will change mine apparell, and will enter into the battell, but put thou on thine apparell; the King of Israel changed himselfe, and went into the battel. 1 Kings 22:31 And the King of Aram commaunded his two and thirtie captaines ouer his charets, saying, Fight neither with small, nor great, saue onely against the King of Israel. 1 Kings 22:32 And when the captaines of the charets saw Iehoshaphat, they sayd, Surely it is the King of Israel, and they turned to fight against him: and Iehoshaphat cryed. 1 Kings 22:33 And when the captaines of the charets saw that he was not the King of Israel, they turned backe from him. 1 Kings 22:34 Then a certaine man drewe a bow mightily and smote the King of Israel betweene the ioyntes of his brigandine. Wherefore he sayde vnto his charet man, Turne thine hand and cary me out of the hoste: for I am hurt. 1 Kings 22:35 And the battel encreased that day, and the King stoode still in his charet against the Aramites, and dyed at euen: & the blood ran out of the wound into the middes of the charet. 1 Kings 22:36 And there went a proclamation thorowout 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 dogs licked vp his blood (and they washed his armour) according vnto the word of the Lord which he spake. 1 Kings 22:39 Concerning the rest of the actes of Ahab and all that he did, and the yuorie house which he built, 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 vpon Iudah in the fourth yeere of Ahab King of Israel. 1 Kings 22:42 Iehoshaphat was fiue and thirty yere olde, when he began to reigne, and reigned fiue and twentie yeere in Ierusalem; his mothers name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 1 Kings 22:43 And he walked in all the wayes of Asa his father, and declined not therefrom, but did that which was right in the eyes of the Lorde. Neuerthelesse the hie places were not taken away: for the people offred still and burnt incense in the hie places. 1 Kings 22:44 And Iehoshaphat made peace with the King of Israel.

His acts.

1 Kings 22:45 Concerning the rest of the actes of Iehoshaphat, and his worthy deedes that he did, and his battels which he fought, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the Kings of Iudah? 1 Kings 22:46 And the Sodomites, which remayned in the dayes of his father Asa, he put cleane out of the land. 1 Kings 22:47 There was then no King in Edom: the deputie was King. 1 Kings 22:48 Iehoshaphat made shippes of Tharshish to sayle to Ophir for golde, but they went not, for the shippes were broken at Ezion Gaber. 1 Kings 22:49 Then sayde 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 did sleepe 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 yeeres ouer Israel. 1 Kings 22:52 But he did euill in the sight of the Lorde, 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, which made Israel to sinne. 1 Kings 22:53 For he serued Baal and worshipped him, and prouoked the Lorde God of Israel vnto wrath, according vnto all that his father had done.

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