Micaiah Predicts Defeat

13 Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold now, the words of the prophets are [a]unanimously favorable to the king. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 14 But Micaiah said, “(A)As the Lord lives, whatever (B)the Lord says to me, I shall speak it.”

15 When he came to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, should we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or should we refrain?” And he said, “(C)Go up and succeed, for the Lord will hand it over to the king!” 16 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?” 17 So he said,

“I saw all Israel
Scattered on the mountains,
(D)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.’”

18 Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “(E)Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy anything good regarding me, but only bad?”

19 And Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. (F)I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and (G)all the [b]angels of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left. 20 And the Lord said, ‘Who will [c]entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one spirit said this, while another said that. 21 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will [d]entice him.’ 22 And the Lord said to him, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘I will go out and (H)be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You shall [e]entice him, and you will also prevail. Go and do so.’ 23 Now then, behold, (I)the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours; and the Lord has declared disaster against you.”

24 Then (J)Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah approached and struck Micaiah on the cheek; and he said, “(K)How did the Spirit of the Lord pass from me to speak to you?” 25 And Micaiah said, “Behold, you are going to see how on that day when you (L)go from one inner room to [f]another trying to hide yourself.” 26 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; 27 and say, ‘This is what the king says: “(M)Put this man in prison, and feed him enough bread and water to survive until I [g]return safely.”’” 28 But Micaiah said, “(N)If you actually return [h]safely, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “(O)Listen, all you people!”

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  1. 1 Kings 22:13 Lit of one mouth
  2. 1 Kings 22:19 Lit host
  3. 1 Kings 22:20 Or persuade
  4. 1 Kings 22:21 Or persuade
  5. 1 Kings 22:22 Or persuade
  6. 1 Kings 22:25 Lit inner room
  7. 1 Kings 22:27 Lit come in peace
  8. 1 Kings 22:28 Lit in peace