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2 Chronicles 18

Jehoshaphat, joined in affinity with Ahab, is persuaded to go with him against Ramoth-gilead.

2 Chronicles 18:1 And Iehosaphat had aboundance of rychesse and honoure, and ioyned affinyte wt Ahab. 2 Chronicles 18:2 And after certayne yeres he went downe to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab slue many shepe & oxen for hym, and for the people that he had with hym, and entreated him to go vp with hym vnto Ramoth in Gilead. 2 Chronicles 18:3 And Ahab kynge of Israel sayde to Iehosaphat kynge of Iuda: wylt thou go with me to Ramoth in Gilead? And he answered hym: I wyll be as þu, and my people shalbe as thyne, and we wyll go with the to the warre.

Ahab, seduced by flase prophets, according to the word of Micaiah, is slain there.

2 Chronicles 18:4 And Iehosaphat sayd vnto the kynge of Israel: aske councell I praye þe, at the worde of the Lorde, thys same daye. 2 Chronicles 18:5 Therfore the kyng of Israel gathered together of prophetes .iiij.C. men, and sayde vnto them: shall we go to Ramoth in Gilead to fyght, or shulde I cease? And they sayde: go vp, & God shall delyuer it into the kinges hande. 2 Chronicles 18:6 But Iehosaphat sayde: is there yet here neuer a prophete more of the Lordes, þt we might aske of him? 2 Chronicles 18:7 And the kinge of Israel sayde vnto Iehosaphat: there is yet one man, by whom we maye aske the Lorde. But I hate him: for he neuer prophecieth me good, but alwaye euell, and the same is Michea the sonne of Iimla. And Iehosaphat sayd: let not the kynge saye so. 2 Chronicles 18:8 And the kinge of Israell called one of his chamberlaynes, and sayde: fetch hether quyckly Michea the sonne of Iimla. 2 Chronicles 18:9 And þe kynge of Israel and Iehosaphat kyng of Iuda sate ether of them on his seate in their apparell, in a thresshing floure beside þe gate of Samaria, and all the prophetes prophesyed before them. 2 Chronicles 18:10 And one Zedekia the sonne of Chanana had made hym hornes of yron, & sayd: thus sayth the Lorde: with these shallt þu ouerthorowe Siria, vntyll they be brought to naught. 2 Chronicles 18:11 And all the prophetes prophesyed euen so, sayinge: Go vp to Ramoth in Gilead, and it shall prospere with the: for the Lord shall delyuer it into the hande of the kynge. 2 Chronicles 18:12 And the messenger þt went to call Michea, spake to him, saying: beholde, the wordes of the prophetes speake good to the kyng with one assent, lett thy wordes therfore be lyke one of theirs, that thou speake that which is pleasaunt. 2 Chronicles 18:13 And Michea sayd: as truly as the Lorde liueth: euen what my God sayth that wyll I speake. 2 Chronicles 18:14 And whan he was come to the kynge, the kynge sayde vnto hym: Michea, shuld we go to Ramoth in Gilead to fight, or leaue of? And he sayde: go vp, & all shalbe well: & they shalbe delyuered into your hande. 2 Chronicles 18:15 And the kyng sayde to him: So & so may tymes do I charge the, þt thou saye nothynge but þe trueth to me, in the name of the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 18:16 Then he sayde: I dyd se all them of Israel scatered in the mountaynes, as shepe þt haue no shepherde. And the Lord sayde: these haue no master, let then returne euery man therfore to hys house in peace. 2 Chronicles 18:17 And the kynge of Israel sayd to Iehosaphat: dyd I not tell the, þt he wold not prophecy good vnto me: but euell. 2 Chronicles 18:18 But he sayde agayne: therfore heare ye þe worde of the Lorde. I sawe the Lorde syt vpon his seate, & all the company of heauen stode on hys ryght hande & on hys lefte. 2 Chronicles 18:19 And þe Lorde sayde: who shall deceaue Ahab king of Israel, þt he maye go vp & be ouerthrowen at Ramoth in Gilead? And he sayde: oue sayth this, another that. 2 Chronicles 18:20 And there came out a sprete & stode before the Lorde, & sayde: I wyll deceaue him. And the Lorde sayde vnto him: Wherin? 2 Chronicles 18:21 And he sayd: I will go out, & be a lyinge sprete in þe mouth of all his prophetes. And the Lorde sayde: þu shalt deceaue him, and shalt preuayle: go out, and do euen so. 2 Chronicles 18:22 And now therfore beholde, þe Lord hath put a lyinge sprete in the mouthes of all these thy prophetes, & the Lorde hath spoken euell agaynst the. 2 Chronicles 18:23 And Zedekia the sonne of Chanana went to, & smote Michea vpon þe cheke. & sayde: by what waye went the sprete of the Lorde from me, to speake wt the? 2 Chronicles 18:24 And Michea sayde: thou shalt se the daye when thou shalt go in from chambre to chambre, for to hyde thy selfe. 2 Chronicles 18:25 And the kinge of Israel sayde take ye Michea, and brynge hym to Amon þe gouerner of the citye, & to Ioas the kinges sonne, 2 Chronicles 18:26 & ye shall saye: thus sayth the kynge: putt thys felowe in the preson house, & fede hym wt breed of affliction & water of trouble vntill I come agayne in peace. 2 Chronicles 18:27 And Michea sayde: yf þu come agayne in peace, then hath not the Lorde spoken to me. And he sayde: herken to, ye people euery one of you. 2 Chronicles 18:28 And so the kinge of Israel and Iehosaphat the kinge of Iuda went vp to Ramoth in Gilead. 2 Chronicles 18:29 And þe kyng of Israel sayde vnto Iehosaphat: I must chaunge me, when I go to the batatyll: but se that thou haue thyne awne apparell vpon the. And the kynge of Israel chaunged hym selfe, and they came to battayll. 2 Chronicles 18:30 But þe kyng of Siria had commaunded the captaynes of the charrettes that were with him, sayinge: se that ye fight not agaynst small or greate, saue agaynst the kynge of Israel onely. 2 Chronicles 18:31 And when the captaynes of the charettes sawe Iehosaphat, they sayde: it is the kynge of Israel, and therfore they compassed about hym to fyght. But Iehosaphat cryed out, & the Lorde helped him, and God chased them awaye from hym. 2 Chronicles 18:32 For it came to passe that when the captaynes of the charretes perceaued that it was not the kyng of Israel, they turned backe agayne from him. 2 Chronicles 18:33 And a certayn man drewe a bowe with all hys myght, and smote the kyng of Israel betwene þe ioyntes of his habergyn. And he sayd to hys charretman: turne thyne hande, þt thou mayest cary me out of the hoost: for I am wounded. 2 Chronicles 18:34 And the battayll ceassed that daye. Howbeit the king of Israel caused his charet to stond still agaynst the Sirians vntyll euen. And about the tyme of the sunne going downe, he dyed.

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