Micaiah Prophesying

1 Jehoshaphat was now quite rich and famous.

He signed a treaty with King Ahab of

Israel by arranging for his son

And Ahab’s daughter to get married, 2 and

               One day, Jehoshaphat visited Ahab

In his Samarian capital, and Ahab

Slaughtered some sheep and cattle and prepared

A feast to revere Jehoshaphat

               And the officials with him. Ahab talked

Of striking at the city Ramoth in

Gilead, 3 and he asked, “Jehoshaphat,

Would you go with me to strike Ramoth?” “Yes,”

Jehoshaphat replied. “My army is

At your command, 4 but first let us inquire

               Of God what to do.” 5 Ahab sent out for

Four hundred prophets and he asked, “Should I

Attack the city Ramoth?” “Yes!” replied

The prophets. “God will help you take the city.”

6 Jehoshaphat replied, “Just to make sure,

Is there another of God’s prophets we

               Can ask?” 7 “We could ask Imlah’s son Micaiah,”

Ahab said. “But I hate Micaiah. He

Always has bad news for me.” “Don’t say that!”

Jehoshaphat replied, 8 then Ahab sent

Someone to bring Micaiah quickly in.

9 All this time, Ahab and Jehoshaphat,

Dressed in their royal robes and seated on

Their thrones beside the threshing place close to

Samaria’s gate, were listening to the prophets

               Tell them what God had said, 10 and Zedekiah

Son of Chenaanah was one of them,

Who’d made some horns from iron, shouted, “Ahab,

God says that you’ll attack the Syrians

Like you’re a bull with iron horns and wipe

Them out!”  11 The prophets all agreed that Ahab

               Should strike the Syrians at Ramoth and

They promised that the Lord would help him beat

Them, 12 and while they spoke thus, the messenger

Who went to get Micaiah whispered this:

“Micaiah, all the prophets have good news

For Ahab. Now go say the same thing.” 13 “I

Will say whatever words the living Lord

My God gives me to say,” Micaiah said.

14 Micaiah then went up to Ahab, who

Asked him, “Micaiah, should we go attack

Ramoth?” Micaiah answered, “Yes, the Lord

Will help you take the city.” 15 Ahab shouted,

“Micaiah, I have told you over and

Over to tell the truth to me! What does

The Lord say really?” 16 And Micaiah said,

“I had a vision where I saw the soldiers

Of Israelites like boats adrift, astray

In hills like sheep without a shepherd. God

Said this, ‘These troops don’t have a leader. They

Need to go home and not engage in battle.’”

17 Ahab turned to Jehoshaphat and said,

               “I told you he would bring me bad news!” So

18 Micaiah said: I then saw the Lord seated

Upon his throne with every creature in

Heaven gathered around him. 19 The Lord asked,

“Who can trick Ahab and make him go to

Ramoth, where’ll be killed?” They talked about

It for a while, 20 then finally a spirit

Came up and told the Lord, “I can trick Ahab.”

“How?” the Lord asked. 21 “I will make Ahab’s prophets

               Deceive him.” “Good!” the Lord replied. “Now go

And do it, for you will succeed.” 22 So Ahab,

This is exactly what has happened: God

Made all your prophets lie to you, and he

Knows you will soon be ruined. 23 Zedekiah

Walked over and he slapped Micaiah on

The face, then he asked, “Do you really think

The Lord would speak to you and not to me?”

24 Micaiah answered, “You’ll find out the day

You hide within some house’s back room. ”

25 Ahab

Shouted, “Arrest Micaiah! Take him to

Prince Joash and to Amon, Governor

Of all Samaria. 26 Tell them to put

Him in the prison and to give him nothing

But bread and water ‘til I come back safely.”

               27 Micaiah said, “If you do come back, I

Was wrong about what the Lord wanted me

To say,” then told the crowd, “Do not forget

What I’ve said!” 28 Ahab and Jehoshaphat

Then led their armies onto Ramoth in

Gilead, 29 and before they went to battle,

               Ahab explained his plan, “Jehoshaphat,

I will disguise myself, but you shall wear

Your royal robe,” so Ahab then disguised

Himself and went to battle. 30 Syria’s         

Own king had told his chariot commanders

To only strike at Ahab, 31 so when they

Observed Jehoshaphat inside his robe,

They thought that he was Ahab and began

Attacking him. Jehoshaphat prayed, though,

And God made soldiers out of Syria

Discontinue, 32 and when they realized

He wasn’t Ahab, they left him alone,

33 But as the warriors fought, a soldier shot

An unaimed arrow and it punctured Ahab

Between two pieces of his armor. He

Called to the driver of his chariot,

“I’ve been hit! Get me out of here!” 34 The fighting

Lasted all day, with Ahab propped up in

               His chariot so he could see the troops

Of Syrians, and he remained and bled

All evening, and by sundown he was dead.