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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 thre yere without warre betwene Siria and Israel. 1 Kings 22:2 And in the third yere did Iehosaphat the kynge of Iuda, come downe to þe kynge of Israel. 1 Kings 22:3 And the kynge of Israel sayde vnto hys seruauntes, knowe ye not that Ramoth in Gilead is oures? and we syt stylle, and take it not out of the hande of the kynge of Siria. 1 Kings 22:4 And he sayde vnto Iehosaphat: wilt thou come with me to batayle, agaynst Ramoth in Gilead? And Iehosaphat sayd vnto the kyng of Israel: I will be as thou art, and my people shall be as thyne, and my horsses as thyne. 1 Kings 22:5 And Iehosaphat sayde vnto the kynge of Israel: aske councell I praye the at the worde of the Lord to daye. 1 Kings 22:6 And then þe king of Israel geathered the prophetes together upon a foure hundred men, and sayde vnto them: shall I go agaynst Ramoth in Gilead to batayle, or shall I let it alone? And they sayd, go vp: for the Lorde shall delyuer it into the handes of the kyng. 1 Kings 22:7 And Iehosaphat sayde: is there here neuer a Prophet of the Lorde more, that we myght enquyre of him? 1 Kings 22:8 And the kyng of Israel sayd vnto Iehosaphat: there is yet one man (Michea the sonne of Iimla,) by whom we maye aske councell of þe Lorde. But I hate hym: for he doth not prophesye good vnto me, but euel. And Iehosaphat sayde: let not the kyng saye so. 1 Kings 22:9 Then the kynge of Israel called a chamberlayn and sayde: fet Michea the sonne of Iimla hyther at once. 1 Kings 22:10 And the kynge of Israel and Iehosaphat the kyng of Iuda set ether in hys seat and theyr apparell on them, in a voyde place besyde the entrynge in of the gate of Samaria, and all the Prophetes prophesyed before them. 1 Kings 22:11 And Zedekia the sonne of Canaana made hornes of yron, and sayd: thus sayth the Lorde: wyth these hornes shalt thou pusshe the Syrians, vntyll thou haue made an ende of them. 1 Kings 22:12 And all the Prophetes phrophesyed euen so, sayeng: go vp to Ramoth in Gilead, and prosper, for the Lorde shall delyuer it into the kynges hande. 1 Kings 22:13 And the messenger that was gone to call Michea, spake vnto hym sayenge: beholde the wordes of the Prophetes speake good vnto the kynge wt one mouth: let thy worde therfore (I praye the) be lyke the worde of euery one of them, to speake that whych is good. 1 Kings 22:14 And Michea sayde: as truely as the Lorde lyueth, whatsoeuer the Lorde sayeth vnto me, that wyll I speake.

1 Kings 22:15 And so he came to the kynge, and the kynge sayde vnto hym: Michea, ought we to go agaynst Ramoth in Gilead to batayle or to be still? He answered vnto hym: go and prosper, the Lorde shall delyuer it into the hande of the kynge. 1 Kings 22:16 And the kynge sayd vnto hym: So & so many times do I charge the, that thou tell me nothyng, but þt whych is true, in the name of the Lorde. 1 Kings 22:17 He sayd: I saw all them of Israel scatered vpon the hylles, as shepe that haue not a sheperde. And the Lorde sayde: these haue no master, let euery man retourne to hys house in peace. 1 Kings 22:18 And the kynge of Israel sayde vnto Iehosaphat: dyd I not tell the, that he wolde prophesye no good vnto me, but euell? 1 Kings 22:19 And he sayde agayne: heare thou therfore the worde of the Lorde. I saw the Lorde syt on hys seate, and all the hoost of heauen stode about hym, on hys ryght hand and on hys lefte. 1 Kings 22:20 And the Lorde sayde: who shall persuade Ahab, that he maye go and fall at Ramoth in Gilead? and one sayde on thys maner, and a nother on that, 1 Kings 22:21 And there came forth a certayne sprete, and stode before the Lorde and sayde: I wil persuade hym. 1 Kings 22:22 And the Lorde sayde vnto hym: wherwyth? And he sayde: I wyll go out, and be a false sprete in the mouth of all hys prophetes. He sayde: thou shalt persuade hym, and preuayle, go forth then, and do euen so. 1 Kings 22:23 Now therfore beholde the Lord hath put a lyenge sprete in the mouth of all these thy prophetes: and the Lorde hath spoken euell towarde the. 1 Kings 22:24 But Zedekia the sonne of Chanaana went to and smote Michea on the cheke, & sayde: whan went the sprete of the Lorde from me, to speake vnto the? 1 Kings 22:25 And Michea sayde: beholde, thou shalt se in that daye, when thou shalt go from chambre to chambre to hyde the. 1 Kings 22:26 And the kyng of Israel sayd: take Michea and carye hym vnto Amon the gouerner of the cytie, and vnto Ioab the kynges sonne, 1 Kings 22:27 and saye: thus sayth the kynge: Put thys felow in the preson house, and fede him wyth breed of affliction, and with water of trouble vntyll I retourne in peace. 1 Kings 22:28 And Michea sayde: yf thou retourne in peace, þe Lord hath not spoken by me. And he sayd: herken ye people euery one of you. 1 Kings 22:29 And so the kynge of Israel and Iehosaphat the kyng of Iuda went up to Ramoth in Gilead. 1 Kings 22:30 And the kynge of Israel sayde to Iehosaphat: chaunge the, whan thou goest to warre: and put on thyne apparell. And the kyng of Israel chaunged hym selfe, and went to battell. 1 Kings 22:31 But the kynge of Syria commaunded the, .xxxii. capitaynes (that had rule ouer hys charettes) sayenge: fyght nether wyth small nor greate saue onely agaynst the kynge of Israel. 1 Kings 22:32 And when the capytaynes of the charettes sawe Iehosaphat, they sayde: Surely it is the kynge of Israel, and they turned to fyght agaynst hym. And Iehosaphat cryed. 1 Kings 22:33 And so it came to passe, that when the captaynes of the charettes saw that he was not the kynge of Israel, they turned back from hym. 1 Kings 22:34 And a certen man drewe a bowe ignorantlye and smote þe kynge of Israel betwene the ribbes, and his harnesse. Wherfore he sayde vnto þe dryuer of his charettes: turne thy hande, and carye me out of the host, for I am sycke. 1 Kings 22:35 And the battell encreased þt daye, & the kyng stode still in his charet agaynst the Sirians, & dyed at euen. And the bloude ranne out of the wounde into þe myddes of the charett. 1 Kings 22:36 And there went a proclamacyun thorowe out the hoste aboute the goynge downe of the sonne, sayinge: euery man to his cytie, & to his awne countreye.

The dogs lick up his blood, and Ahaziah succeedeth him.

1 Kings 22:37 And so þe kyng of Israel dyed, and they came to Samaria, and buryed him there. 1 Kings 22:38 And one wasshed the charet in þe pole of Samaria and the dogges lycked vp his bloude (and harlottes wasshed by the pole syde) accordinge vnto the worde of the Lord which he spake. 1 Kings 22:39 The rest of the wordes þt concerne Ahab & all that he dyd, & the Iuorie house which he made, and all the cyties that he buylded, are they not written in the boke of the chronicles of the kynges of Israel? 1 Kings 22:40 And so Ahab slepte with his fathers, and Ahazia his sonne raygned in his steade.

Jehoshaphat's good reign.

1 Kings 22:41 Iosaphat the sonne of Asa beganne to raygne vpon Iuda in þe fourth yere of Ahab kyng of Israel, 1 Kings 22:42 and Iehosaphat was .xxxv. yere olde when he beganne to raygne, & raygned .xxv. yere in Ierusalem. His mothers name was Azuba the daughter of Silhi. 1 Kings 22:43 And he walked in all the wayes of Asa hys father and bowed not therfrom: but dyd that which was ryght in the eyes of the Lorde. Neuertheles, the hyllaulters were not taken out of the waye: for þe people offered & burnt incense yet, in the hyllaultares. 1 Kings 22:44 And Iehosaphat made peace with the kyng of Israel.

His acts.

1 Kings 22:45 The rest of the wordes that concerne Iehosaphat, and þe myght that he vsed, and howe he warred, are they not wrytten in the boke of the chronicles of þe kynges of Iuda? 1 Kings 22:46 And the remnaunt of the stues of the males, which remayned in the dayes of his father, he put cleane out of þe lande. 1 Kings 22:47 There was then no kynge made in Edom. 1 Kings 22:48 And Iehosaphat made ten shippes in the se, to come thorowe Tharsis to Ophir for golde, but they went not: for the shyppes brake at ozion Gaber. 1 Kings 22:49 Then sayde Ahazia the sonne of Ahab vnto Iehosaphat: let my seruauntes go with thy seruauntes in the shippes. But Iehosaphat wolde not.

Jehoram succeedeth him.

1 Kings 22:50 And Iehosaphat dyd slepe with his fathers, and was buryed with hys father in the cytie of Dauid his father: And Iehoram his sonne raygned in his steade.

Ahaziah's evil reign.

1 Kings 22:51 Ahazia the sonne of Ahab beganne to raygne ouer Israel in Samaria, the seuententh yeare of Ichosaphat kynge of Iuda, & reygned two yeares ouer Israel. 1 Kings 22:52 But he did euell in the syght of the Lorde, and walked in the waye of his father, & in the waye of his mother, & in the waye of Ieroboam þe sonne of Nebat, which made Israel to synne. 1 Kings 22:53 For he serued Baal, & worshypped him, and prouoked the Lorde God of Israel vnto wrath. accordynge to all that his father had done.

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