Bible Story - Micaiah's Courage in Telling the Truth
by: Charles Kent &
For three years there was no war
between Aram and Israel. But in the third year, when Jehoshaphat the
ruler of Judah came to visit the ruler of Israel, Ahab said to his
followers, "Do you not know that Ramoth in Gilead belongs to us; yet
we sit still instead of taking it from the king of Aram?" Then he
asked Jehoshaphat, "Will you go with me to attack Ramoth in Gilead?"
Jehoshaphat replied, "I am with you, my people are as your people,
my horses as your horses."
And Jehoshaphat said to the ruler of Israel, "Ask now what God has
to say." So Ahab gathered the prophets together (in all about four
hundred men), and asked them, "Shall I go to fight against Ramoth in
Gilead or shall I not?" They said, "Go up; for God will give it into
your hands." But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there any other prophet of
God, that we may ask him?" The ruler of Israel answered, "There is
another by whom we may ask of God, Micaiah, the son of Imlah, but I
hate him; for he prophesies for me nothing good, but only evil."
Jehoshaphat said, "Do not say so."
Then the ruler of Israel called a servant and said, "Bring quickly
Micaiah, the son of Imlah." The messenger who went to call Micaiah
said to him, "See, the prophets have all of them promised the ruler
of Israel success. Agree with them, and prophesy success." But
Micaiah said, "As surely as God lives, I will speak what he says to
When he came to Ahab, he said to him, "Micaiah, shall we go to
Ramoth in Gilead to fight, or shall we not?" He answered him, "Go up
and conquer! God will give it into your hands!" But Ahab said to
him, "How many times shall I warn you to speak nothing to me in the
name of God but the truth?" He said, "I saw all the Israelites
scattered upon the mountains as sheep that have no shepherd. And God
said, 'These have no master; let each of them go home in peace!'"
The ruler of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Did I not tell you that he
would prophesy for me nothing good, but only evil?" Micaiah said,
"Hear then the message from God: I saw God sitting on his throne and
all the host of heaven standing about him. And God said, 'Who will
deceive Ahab, so that he will go up and fall at Ramoth in Gilead?'
One suggested one thing and another, another, until a spirit came
out and stood before God and said, 'I will deceive him.' God said to
him, 'By what means?' He said, 'I will go out and become a lying
spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then God said, 'You shall
succeed in deceiving him. Go out and do so.' So God has now put a
lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, for he has
decided to bring evil upon you."
Then Zedekiah came near and struck Micaiah a blow on the cheek and
said, "How was it that the spirit of God went from me to speak to
you?" Micaiah replied, "Indeed, you shall see on the day when you
shall go from one hiding-place to another." Then the ruler of Israel
said, "Take Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to
Joash, the ruler's son, and say, 'This is the ruler's command: Put
this fellow in prison and feed him with a scanty fare of bread and
water until I return successful.'" Micaiah said, "If you indeed
return successful, God has not spoken by me."
Then Ahab, the ruler of Israel, and Jehoshaphat, the ruler of Judah,
went up to Ramoth in Gilead. And the ruler of Israel said to
Jehoshaphat, "I will dress myself so that no one will know me, and
go into the battle, but you can put on your robes."
But a certain man shot an arrow, and by chance it struck the ruler
of Israel between the breastplate and the lower part of his armor.
So Ahab said to the driver of his chariot, "Turn about and carry me
out of the battle, for I am wounded." But the battle grew more
intense, so that Ahab stayed until evening propped up in his chariot
in the sight of the Arameans, and the blood ran out of the wound
into the bottom of the chariot. And that evening he died.
About sunset the cry went out through the army, "Each to his town
and each to his land, for the ruler is dead!" So they went to
Samaria and buried Ahab there. And when they washed the chariot by
the pool of Samaria, the dogs licked up his blood just as God had