|2 Kings 3 |
1 Now Joram, the son of Ahab, began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and reigned for twelve years.
2 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, but not like his father and mother for he got rid of the pillars of Baal that his father had made.
3 Nevertheless he persisted in the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin; he did not depart from them.
4 Now Mesha, king of Moab, was a sheep breeder, and he paid the king of Israel tribute with the wool of a hundred thousand lambs and a hundred thousand rams.
5 But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
6 So at that time King Joram went out of Samaria and mustered all Israel.
7 And he sent to Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, saying, "The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?" And he answered, "I will go; I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses."
8 And Joram said, "Which way shall we go up?" And Jehoshaphat answered, "The way through the wilderness of Edom."
9 So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. They made a roundabout march of seven days' journey, and then there was no more water for the army or for the animals with them.
10 And the king of Israel said, "Alas! The LORD has called us three kings together to deliver us into the hand of Moab!"
11 But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not a prophet of the LORD here by whom we may inquire of the LORD?" And one of the king of Israel's servants answered, "Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was the servant of Elijah, is here."
12 And Jehoshaphat said, "The word of the LORD is with him." So the king of Israel, Jehoshaphat, and the king of Edom went down to Elisha.
13 And Elisha said to Joram, the king of Israel, "What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father Ahab and your mother Jezebel." But the king of Israel said to him, "No, for [I fear] the LORD has called us three kings together to deliver us into the hand of Moab."
14 Then Elisha said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you.
15 But now bring me a harpist." And while the harpist played, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha.
16 And he said, "Thus says the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.
17 For thus says the LORD: 'You shall not see wind or rain, yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your beasts may drink.'
18 This is a simple thing in the sight of the LORD. He will also deliver the Moabites into your hands.
19 You shall strike every fortified city and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree and stop all the springs of water and ruin every good piece of land with stones."
20 Now it came to pass in the morning, when the sacrifice was offered, that behold, water came from the direction of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
21 And when the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, they gathered all who were able to put on armor, young and old, and stood at the border.
22 Then when they rose up early in the morning, the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood.
23 And they said, "This is blood; surely the kings have struck and killed one another. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!"
24 But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and attacked the Moabites, so that they fled before them. Then they went forward into their country, slaying the Moabites.
25 They destroyed the cities, and each man threw a stone on every good piece of land until it was covered with stones. And they stopped all the springs of water and cut down all the good trees, until only Kirharaseth was left with its stones in place, but men with slings surrounded and attacked it.
26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took seven hundred swordsmen with him, to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not do it.
27 Then he took his eldest son, who should have reigned in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering upon the city wall. And there was great indignation and wrath against Israel. So they [Edom and Judah] withdrew from him and returned to their own land.
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