2 Chronicles 18
Jehoshaphat, joined in affinity with Ahab, is persuaded to go with him against Ramoth-gilead.
2 Chronicles 18:1 And Iehosaphat became verye ryche and gloryouse, and ioyned affinite with Ahab. 2 Chronicles 18:2 And after certayne yeares he went doune to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab slue shepe and oxen plenteously for him & for the people þt came wt him, and entreated him to go vp vnto Ramoth in Galaad. 2 Chronicles 18:3 And Ahab kynge of Israel sayde to Iehosaphat kynge of Iuda: wylt thou go wyth me to Ramath in Galaad? And he answered him: I wylbe as thou, and my people shalbe as thyne, and we wylbe with the in the warre.
Ahab, seduced by flase prophets, according to the word of Micaiah, is slain there.
2 Chronicles 18:4 But Iehosaphat sayde vnto the kynge of Israell: aske I pray the, the worde of þe lorde. 2 Chronicles 18:5 And the kynge of Israell gathered together of the Prophetes foure hundred men, & saide vnto them: shal we go to Ramoth in Galaad to fyght, or shall I cease? And they saide: go, the Lord shall delyuer it into the kinges hand. 2 Chronicles 18:6 And Iehosaphat sayde: is there yet here neuer a Prophete more of the Lordes, that we myght aske of hym? 2 Chronicles 18:7 And the kyng of Israell sayde to Iehosaphat: there is yet one, to aske the Lorde by hym: But I hate him, for he neuer prophesyed me good, but alwaye euyll, one Micheah the sonne of Iemla. And Iehosaphat sayde: let not the kynge saye so. 2 Chronicles 18:8 Then the kynge of Israel called one of his chambrelaines and said: fetche hether quickly Micheah the sonne of Iemla. 2 Chronicles 18:9 And the kynge of Israel and Iehosaphat kyng of Iuda sate ether of them on his seate in their apparell, in a thressynge floure besyde the gate of Samaria, and al the Prophetes prophesying before them. 2 Chronicles 18:10 And one Zedekiah the sonne of Chananah made him horne of yron, and said: thus sayth the Lord: with these thou shalt winowe Siria, vntil thou had brought them to nought. 2 Chronicles 18:11 And all the Prophetes prophesyed euen so sayinge: Go vp to Ramoth in Galaad & prospere, for the Lorde shall delyuer it into the hande of the kynge. 2 Chronicles 18:12 And the messenger that went to call Micheah, spake to him sayinge: beholde, the wordes of the Prophetes are pleasaunt to the king with one assent, let thy wordes I pray the, be lyke one of theirs, & speake that which is pleasaunt. 2 Chronicles 18:13 And Micheah sayde: as truly as the Lord lyueth, euen what my God sayeth, that wyl I speake. 2 Chronicles 18:14 And when he was come to the kynge, the kynge saide to him: Micheah, shal we go to Ramoth in Galaad to fyght, or shal I be in reste? And he answered go ye and prospere, for the lord shal deliuer it into your handes. 2 Chronicles 18:15 But the kyng sayd to him: how oftentymes shal I adiure the þt thou say nothyng but truthe to me, in the name of the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 18:16 Then he sayd: I se al Israel skatered in the mountaines, as shepe that haue no shepard. And the Lorde sayde: these haue no mayster, let them returne euery man to his house in peace. 2 Chronicles 18:17 Then sayde the kinge of Israel to Iehosaphat: dyd I not tel the, that he would not prophecye good vnto me, but euyll? 2 Chronicles 18:18 And he answered: therfore heare ye the worde of the Lorde. I sawe the Lorde sit vpon this seat, and all the company of heauen stanstynge on his ryght hand & on his lefte. 2 Chronicles 18:19 And the Lorde sayd: who shal deceyue Ahab king of Israel, that he maye go & be ouerthrowen at Ramoth in Galaad. And whyle one sayd thus, & another that, 2 Chronicles 18:20 there came out a spyryte and stode before the Lorde and sayde: I wyll deceyue hym. And the Lord said to him: how? 2 Chronicles 18:21 And he said: I wyll go out & wilbe a lyinge spirite in the mouthes of all his prophetes. And the Lorde sayde: thou shalt deceyue him & shalt preuayle, go out and do euen so. 2 Chronicles 18:22 And now beholde the Lorde hath put a lyinge spyryte in the mouthes of all these thy prophetes & yet the Lorde hath spoken euyl against the. 2 Chronicles 18:23 And Zedekiah the sonne of Chananah, went to & smote Micheah vpon the cheke, & said: by what way went the spirite of the Lord from me, to speake in the? 2 Chronicles 18:24 And Micheah sayd: thou shalt se the daye when thou shalt runne from chambre to chambre, for to hyde thy selfe. 2 Chronicles 18:25 Then sayde the kynge of Israel: take ye Micheah & delyuer hym to Amon the gouerner of the citie, & to Ioas the kynges sonne, 2 Chronicles 18:26 & saye: thus saith the kinge: put this felow in preson, and fede him with bread & water of tribulacion, vntyl I come agayne in peace. 2 Chronicles 18:27 And Micheah said: yf thou come agayn in peace, then hath not the Lord spoken in me. And Micheah said moreouer: herken to ye people euery one of you. 2 Chronicles 18:28 And so the kinge of Israel & Iehosaphat the kyng of Iuda went vp to Ramoth in Galaad. 2 Chronicles 18:29 Then sayd the kinge of Israel to Iehosaphat: chaunge the & get the to battel, but se þt thou haue thine owne apparel vpon the. And the king of Israel chaunged hym selfe, & they went to battell. 2 Chronicles 18:30 But the kynge of Siria commaunded the captaines of his charettes sayinge: se that ye fight not against smal or great saue against the kinge of Israel onlye. 2 Chronicles 18:31 And when the captaynes of the charettes sawe Iehosaphat, they had went he had bene the king of Israel, & therfore compased about him, to fyghte. But Iehosaphat cryed out, & the Lord holpe hym, & God tised them away from him. 2 Chronicles 18:32 For when the captaynes of the charettes perceiued þt it was not þe king of Israel, they turned back again from him: 2 Chronicles 18:33 & a certayne man drew his bow ignorauntly & smote þe kyng of Israel betwene þe yointes of his habergin. And he sayde to the charet man: turne thyne hand, and carye me oute of the Hoste, for I am hurte. 2 Chronicles 18:34 And the battel arose that day. How be it, the kynge of Israel continueth standinge in hys charet agaynst the Sirians vntyll euen. And aboute the sonne goynge doune he dyed.