2 Chronicles 18
Ahab and Jehoshaphat ask God if they should attack Syria
Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity
And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed
sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with
him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramothgilead.
King Jehoshaphat of Judah came to meet the King Ahab of Israel.
And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go
with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my
people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.
Ahab asked Jehoshaphat,
Will you help me fight Ramothgilead?
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the
word of the LORD to day.
Don't ask me. Ask the word of the Lord.
Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred
men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I
forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
So Ahab gathered 400 prophets and asked them. [1
Go to war against Ramothgilead.
God will deliver it into your hand.
But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides,
that we might enquire of him?
Is there another prophet around here that we can ask?
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by
whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied
good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And
Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
Yes, there's another guy we could ask.
His name is Micaiah, but I hate him.
He always prophesies bad things about me.
And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch
quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on
his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the
entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before
But Ahab called for Micaiah, while the two kings sat on their thrones and prophets prophesied
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron, and said,
Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria until they be
Zedekiah made some iron horns, and said,
This is what God says:
With these iron horns you'll destroy the Syrians.
And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and
prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
All the prophets prophesied, saying,
Attack Ramothgilead. God will deliver it into your hand.
And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, Behold,
the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one assent; let thy
word therefore, I pray thee, be like one of their's, and speak thou good.
The messenger that was sent to fetch Micaiah said to him,
Only prophesy good things like everyone else has.
And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I
I'll say whatever God tells me to say.
And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall
we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And he said, Go ye up,
and prosper, and they shall be delivered into your hand.
When Micaiah arrived, King Ahab asked him,
Should I fight against Ramothgilead?
Yes. God will deliver it into your hand.
And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou say
nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?
How many times have I told you? Tell me the truth.
Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep
that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them
return therefore every man to his house in peace.
I saw the Israelites scattered on the hills with no one to guide them.
God said, "Send them home."
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he
would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
Ahab said to Jehoshaphat,
See, I told you. He'd only say bad things about me.
God puts a lying spirit in the mouth of his prophets
Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting
upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and
on his left.
And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up
and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and
another saying after that manner.
Hear the word of God.
I saw God sitting on his throne  and he said,
Who can persuade Ahab to attack Ramothgilead? 
Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will
entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith?
And he said, I will go
out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord
said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do
And a spirit from God said to God, "I will persuade him."
God said, "How will you do that?"
The spirit said, "I'll make the prophets lie to Ahab."
God said, "Good. Go do that."
Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken
evil against thee.
So God has made your prophets lie to you. 
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the
cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto
Zedekiah hit Micaiah on the cheek and said,
Why would God speak to you instead of me?
And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go
into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
You'll find out when you're hiding in a room someplace.
Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon
the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;
And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him
with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in
King Ahab said,
Put Micaiah in prison and feed him only bread and water until I return in peace.
And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the
LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people.
If you return in peace, then God has never spoken to me.
Listen, people, to what I have said.
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and
I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel
disguised himself; and they went to the battle.
Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the chariots that were
with him, saying, Fight ye not with small or great, save only with the king
And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat,
that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him
to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved
them to depart from him.
For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots perceived
that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing
So Ahab and Jehoshaphat fought the Syrians at Ramothgilead.
And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel
between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man,
Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am
And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed
himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the
time of the sun going down he died.
A Syrian's arrow wounded King Ahab in the chest.
He died from loss of blood that evening. 
- The king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men. (vv.5-34)
The kings of Israel and Judah meet to decide whether they should attack Ramothgilead. They ask 400 prophets, who
say that the kings should attack because "God will deliver it into the king's hand."
But then they ask Micaiah, who says the same thing, but apparently was being sarcastic.
Then Micaiah tells everyone about a vision he had of God where God is looking for some prophets to
lie for him. Someone volunteered to lie for God and God said, "Good, lie for me."
So the kings went to war and the king of Israel (Ahab)
(Which was God's plan all along. God was punishing Ahab for not killing a captured king.
See 1 Kings 20:42)
- I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne. (v.18)
Can God be seen?
- And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab? (v.19)
God asks for volunteer among the guys hanging out with him. He wants one of them to
lie for him so that he can get Ahab killed.
- The LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets. (v.22)
God puts lies into the mouths of his prophets and speaks evil about people.
Does God lie?
- A certain man drew a bow ... and smote the king of Israel. (v.33)
God killed Ahab for showing mercy to king Benhadad. (See 1 Kings 20:42)
DWB: God killed Ahab for not killing a captured king
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