Now Elisha said to the king of Israel, 'What business do you have with me? Go to your father’s prophets and your mother’s prophets.' But the king of Israel said to him, 'No, for the LORD has called these three kings together
to hand them over to Moab.'
Elisha said, 'As surely as
the LORD of armies lives, before whom I stand, if I did not respect Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you.
But now bring me a musician.' And it came about, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
And he said, 'This is what the LORD says: ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’
For the LORD says this: ‘You will not see wind, nor will you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you will drink, you, your livestock, and your other
And this is an insignificant thing in the sight of the LORD; He will also give the Moabites into your hand.
Then you shall strike every fortified city and every choice city, and cut down every good tree and stop up all the springs of water, and spoil every good plot of land with stones.’?'
And it happened in the morning about the time of
offering the sacrifice, that behold, water came from the direction of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
Now all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them. And all who were able to put on armor and older were summoned and they took their positions on the border.
Then they got up early in the morning, and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw the water opposite them
as red as blood.
So they said, 'This is blood; the kings must have fought each other, and they have killed one another. Now then, Moab, to the spoils!'
But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and struck the Moabites, so that they fled from them; and the Israelites
invaded the land, killing the Moabites.
So they destroyed the cities; and each one threw a stone on every plot of good land and filled it. So they stopped up every spring of water and cut down every good tree, until in Kir-hareseth only
they left its stones; however, the rock slingers surrounded it
and struck it.
When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not.