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Micaiahs Courage In Telling The





For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel. But in the
third year, when Jehoshaphat the ruler of Judah came to visit the ruler
of Israel, Ahab said to his followers, "Do you not know that Ramoth in
Gilead belongs to us; yet we sit still instead of taking it from the
king of Aram?" Then he asked Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to attack
Ramoth in Gilead?" Jehoshaphat replied, "I am with you, my people are as
your people, my horses as your horses."

And Jehoshaphat said to the ruler of Israel, "Ask now what Jehovah has
to say." So Ahab gathered the prophets together (in all about four
hundred men), and asked them, "Shall I go to fight against Ramoth in
Gilead or shall I not?" They said, "Go up; for Jehovah will give it into
your hands." But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there any other prophet of
Jehovah, that we may ask him?" The ruler of Israel answered, "There is
another by whom we may ask of Jehovah, Micaiah, the son of Imlah, but I
hate him; for he prophesies for me nothing good, but only evil."
Jehoshaphat said, "Do not say so."

Then the ruler of Israel called a servant and said, "Bring quickly
Micaiah, the son of Imlah." The messenger who went to call Micaiah said
to him, "See, the prophets have all of them promised the ruler of Israel
success. Agree with them, and prophesy success." But Micaiah said, "As
surely as Jehovah lives, I will speak what he says to me."

When he came to Ahab, he said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth in
Gilead to fight, or shall we not?" He answered him, "Go up and conquer!
Jehovah will give it into your hands!" But Ahab said to him, "How many
times shall I warn you to speak nothing to me in the name of Jehovah but
the truth?" He said, "I saw all the Israelites scattered upon the
mountains as sheep that have no shepherd. And Jehovah said, 'These have
no master; let each of them go home in peace!'"

The ruler of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Did I not tell you that he
would prophesy for me nothing good, but only evil?" Micaiah said, "Hear
then the message from Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on his throne and
all the host of heaven standing about him. And Jehovah said, 'Who will
deceive Ahab, so that he will go up and fall at Ramoth in Gilead?' One
suggested one thing and another, another, until a spirit came out and
stood before Jehovah and said, 'I will deceive him.' Jehovah said to
him, 'By what means?' He said, 'I will go out and become a lying spirit
in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then Jehovah said, 'You shall succeed
in deceiving him. Go out and do so.' So Jehovah has now put a lying
spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, for he has decided
to bring evil upon you."

Then Zedekiah came near and struck Micaiah a blow on the cheek and said,
"How was it that the spirit of Jehovah went from me to speak to you?"
Micaiah replied, "Indeed, you shall see on the day when you shall go
from one hiding-place to another." Then the ruler of Israel said, "Take
Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the
ruler's son, and say, 'This is the ruler's command: Put this fellow in
prison and feed him with a scanty fare of bread and water until I return
successful.'" Micaiah said, "If you indeed return successful, Jehovah
has not spoken by me."

Then Ahab, the ruler of Israel, and Jehoshaphat, the ruler of Judah,
went up to Ramoth in Gilead. And the ruler of Israel said to
Jehoshaphat, "I will dress myself so that no one will know me, and go
into the battle, but you can put on your robes."

But a certain man shot an arrow, and by chance it struck the ruler of
Israel between the breastplate and the lower part of his armor. So Ahab
said to the driver of his chariot, "Turn about and carry me out of the
battle, for I am wounded." But the battle grew more intense, so that
Ahab stayed until evening propped up in his chariot in the sight of the
Arameans, and the blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the
chariot. And that evening he died.

About sunset the cry went out through the army, "Each to his town and
each to his land, for the ruler is dead!" So they went to Samaria and
buried Ahab there. And when they washed the chariot by the pool of
Samaria, the dogs licked up his blood just as Jehovah had said.





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