1 And it came to
pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard,
which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard,
that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near
unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard
than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth
of it in money.
3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should
give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because
of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for
he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers.
And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face,
and would eat no bread.
5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is
thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
6 And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite,
and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else,
if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it:
and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the
kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart
be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with
his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles
that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and
set Naboth on high among the people:
10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness
against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king.
And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who
were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto
them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent
12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the
13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before
him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against
Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme
God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city,
and stoned him with stones, that he died.
14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and
15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned,
and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession
of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to
give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead,
that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
to take possession of it.
17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria:
behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone
down to possess it.
19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD,
Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt
speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where
dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even
20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?
And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself
to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
21 Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy
posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against
the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
22 And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the
son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah,
for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger,
and made Israel to sin.
23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall
eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
24 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and
him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself
to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his
wife stirred up.
26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according
to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before
the children of Israel.
27 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he
rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted,
and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he
humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his
days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.
1 And they continued
three years without war between Syria and Israel.
2 And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the
king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
3 And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that
Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out
of the hand of the king of Syria?
4 And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle
to Ramoth-gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel,
I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy
5 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
6 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about
four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead
to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the
Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
7 And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD
besides, that we might enquire of him?
8 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet
one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of
the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning
me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
9 Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten
hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
10 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void
place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets
prophesied before them.
11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron:
and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push
the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.
12 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead,
and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's hand.
13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto
him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good
unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be
like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.
14 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith
unto me, that will I speak.
15 So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah,
shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we forbear?
And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver
it into the hand of the king.
16 And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure
thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the
name of the LORD?
17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as
sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have
no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.
18 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell
thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I
saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven
standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go
up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and
another said on that manner.
21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD,
and said, I will persuade him.
22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will
go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his
prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail
also: go forth, and do so.
23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in
the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken
evil concerning thee.
24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah
on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD
from me to speak unto thee?
25 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when
thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
26 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him
back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's
27 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison,
and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction,
until I come in peace.
28 And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD
hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every
one of you.
29 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
up to Ramoth-gilead.
30 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise
myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes.
And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the
31 But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains
that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with
small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.
32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw
Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel.
And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat
33 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived
that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from
34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the
king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore
he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and
carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
35 And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed
up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and
the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the
going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every
man to his own country.
37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried
the king in Samaria.
38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the
dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according
unto the word of the LORD which he spake.
39 Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and
the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built,
are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
40 So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned
in his stead.
41 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah
in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to
reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And
his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned
not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of
the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away;
for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that
he shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book
of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days
of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
47 There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.
48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold:
but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.
49 Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my
servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat
50 And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoram his
son reigned in his stead.
51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria
the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned
two years over Israel.
52 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the
way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the
way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
53 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger
the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had