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that he rent his Clothes, and put Sackcloth upon his Flelli, and fasted and lay in Sackcloth, and went softly.

28 And the Word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,

29 Seeft 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.

CH A P. XXII. i Ahab seduced by false Prophets, according to the Word of Mi

caiah, is pain at Ramoth-Gilead: 37 The Dogs lick up his Blood, and Ahaziah fucceedeth him. 41 Jehofhaphat's good Reign, 45 and Afts. 50 Jehoram fucceedeth him. 51 Ahaziah's evil Reign.

Ver. 1 AND they continued three Years without War be

n tween 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 ftill, and take it not out of the Hand of the King of Syria?)

4 And he said unto Jehofhaphat, Wilt thou go with me to Battle to Ramoth-Gilead? And Jehoshaphat faid to the King of Israel, I am as thou art, my People as thy People, my Horses as thy Horses.

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 propbery Good concerning me, but Evil. And Jehoshaphat faid, 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 Jehofhaphat the King of Judah, fate 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 faith 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 Bata tle, 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 1 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 fitting 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 Ari 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 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 shall 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 Governour of the City, and to Joash the King's Son :

27 And say, Thus faith the King, Put this Fellow in the Prison, and feed him with Bread of Amiction, and with Water of AMiction, 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 sudah 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 Battle.

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 cried out.

. 33 And it came to pass, when the Captains of the Chariots perceived that it was not the King of Ifracl, that they turned back from pursuing him.

34 And a certain Man drew a Bow at a Venture, and smote the King of Israel between the Joynts of the Harnefs : wherefore he said unto the Driver of his Chariot, Turn thine Hand, and carry me out of the Host, for I am wounded

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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 Countrey.

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 to 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 of Israel?

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 Shishi.

43 And he walked in all the Way of Afa 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 Ifrael.

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II. C H R 0 N. C H A P. XIX. 1 Fehosaphat reproved by Jehu visiteth his Kingdom : 5 His

Inftructions to the Judges, 8 to the Priests and Levites.

Ver. 1 AND Jehoshaphat King of Judah returned to his

A House in Peace to Jerusalem. 2 ¢ And Jehu the Son of Psal. xv. I Lord, who shall abide Hanani the Seer, went out in thy Tabernacle? who Thall dwell to meet him, and said to King in thy holy Hill?


Jehoshaphat, Shouldst thou 2 He that WALKETH UPRIGHTLY, and help the UNGODLY, and love WORK ETH RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SPEAK

ETH the TRUTH in his Heart. them that hate the LORD? 4 In whole Eyes a VILE PERSON is therefore is WRATH upon CONTEMNED : but he honoureth them

that fear the LORD : he that sweareth thee from before the LORD.

to his own Hurt and changeth not. 3. Nevertheless, there are Psal. cxxxix 19 Surely thou wilt good Things found in thee, flay the Wicked, O God: depart from

me therefore, ye bloody Men. in that thou hast taken away

2. For they speak against thee the Groves out of the Land, wickedly, and thine Enemies take and hast PREPARED thine thy Name in vain.

21 Do nor I hare them, O LORD, HEART TO SEEK GOD.

that hate thee? and am not I grieved 4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt with those that rise up against thee. in Terusalem : and he went al. xvi. 2 O my Soul, thou haft

said unto the LORD, Thou art my out again through the People, LORD: my Goodness extendeth noc from Beer-sheba to Mount to thee,

broucht them Ephraim, and brought them

3 But to the SAINTS that are in ih

the Earth, and to the EXCELLENT IN back unto the LORD GOD of whom is all my Delight. their Fathers.

5 And he set Judges in the Land, throughout all the fenced Cities of Judah,

6 And said to the Judges, Take heed what ye do : for ye judge not for Men, but for the LORD, who is with you in the JUDGMENT.

7 Wherefore now let the FEAR of the LORD be upon you, take heed and do it: for there is no Iniquity with the LORD our God, nor Respect of Persons, nor taking of Gifts.

8 Moreover, in Jerusalem did Jehofhaphat set of the Levites, and of the Priests, and of the chief of the Fathers of Israel, for the Judgment of the LORD, and for Controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.

9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the FEAR of the LORD, FAITHFULLY, and with a PERFECT Heart.

10 And what Cause soever shall come to you of your Brethren that dwell in their Cities, between Blood and Blood, between Law and Commandment, Statutes and Judgments, ye shall even warn them that they TRESPASS not against the LORD, and so WRATH come upon you and your Brethren : This do, and ye shall not TRESPASS.

u And behold, Amariah the chief Priest is over you in all Matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the Ruler of the House of Judah, for all the King's Matters : allo the Le

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