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2 Chronicles 18:5-25

New American Standard Bible

Chapter 18

5 So the king of Israel assembled the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, 'Should we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or should I refrain?' And they said, 'Go up, for God will hand it over to the king.' 6 But Jehoshaphat said, 'Is there no longer a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of him?' 7 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'There is still one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, for he never prophesies anything good regarding me, but always bad. He is Micaiah the son of Imlah.' But Jehoshaphat said, 'May the king not say so.'
8 Then the king of Israel summoned an officer and said, 'Bring Micaiah son of Imlah quickly.' 9 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting, each on his throne, dressed in their robes, and they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets were prophesying before them. 10 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made horns of iron for himself and said, 'This is what the LORD says: ‘With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed!’?' 11 All the prophets were prophesying this as well, saying, 'Go up to Ramoth-gilead and be successful, for the LORD will hand it over to the king.'
12 Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, 'Behold, the words of the prophets are unanimously favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them, and speak favorably.' 13 But Micaiah said, 'As the LORD lives, whatever my God says, I will speak it.'
14 When he came to the king, the king said to him, 'Micaiah, should we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or should I refrain?' He said, 'Go up and succeed, for they will be handed over to you!' 15 Then the king said to him, 'How many times must I make you swear that you will tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?'
16 So he said, 'I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, Like sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These people have no master. Each of them is to return to his house in peace.’?'
17 Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy anything good regarding me, but only bad?'
18 And Micaiah said, 'Therefore, hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the angels of heaven standing on His right and on His left. 19 And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one spirit said this, while another said that. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD and said, ‘I will entice him.’ And the LORD said to him, ‘How?’ 21 He said, ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You shall entice him, and you will also prevail. Go out and do so.’ 22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours, for the LORD has declared disaster against you.'
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah approached and struck Micaiah on the cheek; and he said, 'How did the Spirit of the LORD pass from me to speak to you?' 24 And Micaiah said, 'Behold, you are going to see how on that day when you go from one inner room to another trying to hide yourself.' 25 Then the king of Israel said, 'Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son;
King James Version

Chapter 18

5 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. 6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might inquire of him? 7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire 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. 8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla. 9 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 them. 10 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 consumed. 11 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. 12 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 theirs, and speak thou good. 13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak. 14 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. 15 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? 16 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. 17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil? 18 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. 19 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. 20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? 21 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 even so. 22 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. 23 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 thee? 24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. 25 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;
Christian Standard Bible

Chapter 18

5 So the king of Israel gathered the prophets, four hundred men, and asked them, "Should we go to Ramoth-gilead for war or should I refrain? "They replied, "March up, and God will hand it over to the king."
6 But Jehoshaphat asked, "Isn't there a prophet of the Lord here anymore? Let's ask him."
7 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man who can inquire of the Lord, but I hate him because he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.""The king shouldn't say that," Jehoshaphat replied.
8 So the king of Israel called an officer and said, "Hurry and get Micaiah son of Imlah! "
9 Now the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah, clothed in royal attire, were each sitting on his own throne. They were sitting on the threshing floor at the entrance to Samaria's gate, and all the prophets were prophesying in front of them. 10 Then Zedekiah son of Chenaanah made iron horns and said, "This is what the Lord says: You will gore the Arameans with these until they are finished off." 11 And all the prophets were prophesying the same, saying, "March up to Ramoth-gilead and succeed, for the Lord will hand it over to the king."
12 The messenger who went to call Micaiah instructed him, "Look, the words of the prophets are unanimously favorable for the king. So let your words be like theirs, and speak favorably."
13 But Micaiah said, "As the Lord lives, I will say whatever my God says."
14 So he went to the king, and the king asked him, "Micaiah, should we go to Ramoth-gilead for war, or should I refrain? "Micaiah said, "March up and succeed, for they will be handed over to you."
15 But the king said to him, "How many times must I make you swear not to tell me anything but the truth in the name of the Lord? "
16 So Micaiah said: I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said, "They have no master; let each return home in peace."
17 So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn't I tell you he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster? "
18 Then Micaiah said, "Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and the whole heavenly army was standing at his right hand and at his left hand. 19 And the Lord said, 'Who will entice King Ahab of Israel to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? ' So one was saying this and another was saying that.
20 "Then a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord, and said, 'I will entice him.'"The Lord asked him, 'How? '
21 "So he said, 'I will go and become a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.'"Then he said, 'You will entice him and also prevail. Go and do that.'
22 "Now, you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit into the mouth of these prophets of yours, and the Lord has pronounced disaster against you."
23 Then Zedekiah son of Chenaanah came up, hit Micaiah on the cheek, and demanded, "Which way did the spirit from the Lord leave me to speak to you? "
24 Micaiah replied, "You will soon see when you go to hide in an inner chamber on that day."
25 Then the king of Israel ordered, "Take Micaiah and return him to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the king's son,
New Living Translation

Chapter 18

5 So the king of Israel summoned the prophets, 400 of them, and asked them, 'Should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should I hold back?' They all replied, 'Yes, go right ahead! God will give the king victory.'
6 But Jehoshaphat asked, 'Is there not also a prophet of the LORD here? We should ask him the same question.'
7 The king of Israel replied to Jehoshaphat, 'There is one more man who could consult the LORD for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me! His name is Micaiah son of Imlah.' Jehoshaphat replied, 'That's not the way a king should talk! Let's hear what he has to say.'
8 So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, 'Quick! Bring Micaiah son of Imlah.'
9 King Ahab of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah, dressed in their royal robes, were sitting on thrones at the threshing floor near the gate of Samaria. All of Ahab's prophets were prophesying there in front of them. 10 One of them, Zedekiah son of Kenaanah, made some iron horns and proclaimed, 'This is what the LORD says: With these horns you will gore the Arameans to death!'
11 All the other prophets agreed. 'Yes,' they said, 'go up to Ramoth-gilead and be victorious, for the LORD will give the king victory!'
12 Meanwhile, the messenger who went to get Micaiah said to him, 'Look, all the prophets are promising victory for the king. Be sure that you agree with them and promise success.'
13 But Micaiah replied, 'As surely as the LORD lives, I will say only what my God says.'
14 When Micaiah arrived before the king, Ahab asked him, 'Micaiah, should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should I hold back?' Micaiah replied sarcastically, 'Yes, go up and be victorious, for you will have victory over them!'
15 But the king replied sharply, 'How many times must I demand that you speak only the truth to me when you speak for the LORD?'
16 Then Micaiah told him, 'In a vision I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. And the LORD said, 'Their master has been killed. Send them home in peace.''
17 'Didn't I tell you?' the king of Israel exclaimed to Jehoshaphat. 'He never prophesies anything but trouble for me.'
18 Then Micaiah continued, 'Listen to what the LORD says! I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the armies of heaven around him, on his right and on his left.
19 And the LORD said, 'Who can entice King Ahab of Israel to go into battle against Ramoth-gilead so he can be killed?' 'There were many suggestions,
20 and finally a spirit approached the LORD and said, 'I can do it!' ''How will you do this?' the LORD asked.
21 'And the spirit replied, 'I will go out and inspire all of Ahab's prophets to speak lies.' ''You will succeed,' said the LORD. 'Go ahead and do it.'
22 'So you see, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of your prophets. For the LORD has pronounced your doom.'
23 Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah walked up to Micaiah and slapped him across the face. 'Since when did the Spirit of the LORD leave me to speak to you?' he demanded.
24 And Micaiah replied, 'You will find out soon enough when you are trying to hide in some secret room!'
25 'Arrest him!' the king of Israel ordered. 'Take him back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to my son Joash.
English Standard Version

Chapter 18

5 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.” 6 But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not here another prophet of the LORD of whom we may inquire?” 7 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.” 8 Then the king of Israel summoned an officer and said, “Bring quickly Micaiah the son of Imlah.” 9 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes. And they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them. 10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.’” 11 And all the prophets prophesied so and said, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph. The LORD will give it into the hand of the king.”
12 And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 13 But Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, what my God says, that I will speak.” 14 And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And he answered, “Go up and triumph; they will be given into your hand.” 15 But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” 16 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’” 17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?” 18 And Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. 19 And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab the king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the LORD said to him, ‘By what means?’ 21 And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ 22 Now therefore behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets. The LORD has declared disaster concerning you.”
23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, “Which way did the Spirit of the LORD go from me to speak to you?” 24 And Micaiah said, “Behold, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.” 25 And the king of Israel said, “Seize Micaiah and take him back to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son,
New International Version

Chapter 18

5 So the king of Israel brought together the prophets--four hundred men--and asked them, 'Shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?' 'Go,' they answered, 'for God will give it into the king's hand.'
6 But Jehoshaphat asked, 'Is there no longer a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?'
7 The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, 'There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.' 'The king should not say such a thing," Jehoshaphat replied.
8 So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, 'Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once.'
9 Dressed in their royal robes, the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor by the entrance of the gate of Samaria, with all the prophets prophesying before them. 10 Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns, and he declared, 'This is what the LORD says: 'With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed.''
11 All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. 'Attack Ramoth Gilead and be victorious,' they said, 'for the LORD will give it into the king's hand.'
12 The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, 'Look, the other prophets without exception are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably.'
13 But Micaiah said, 'As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what my God says.'
14 When he arrived, the king asked him, 'Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I not?' 'Attack and be victorious,' he answered, 'for they will be given into your hand.'
15 The king said to him, 'How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?'
16 Then Micaiah answered, 'I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd, and the LORD said, 'These people have no master. Let each one go home in peace.''
17 The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'Didn't I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?'
18 Micaiah continued, 'Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing on his right and on his left.
19 And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?' 'One suggested this, and another that.
20 Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the LORD and said, 'I will entice him.' ''By what means?' the LORD asked.
21 'I will go and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,' he said. ''You will succeed in enticing him,' said the LORD. 'Go and do it.'
22 So now the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you.'
23 Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. 'Which way did the spirit from the LORD go when he went from me to speak to you?' he asked.
24 Micaiah replied, 'You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.'
25 The king of Israel then ordered, 'Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king's son,