1Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria
in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve
2He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, but not like
his father, and like his mother; for he put away the pillar of Baal that his
father had made.
3Nevertheless he cleaved to the sins of Jeroboam the son
of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin; he didn’t depart from it.
4Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder; and he rendered to the king
of Israel the wool of one hundred thousand lambs, and of one hundred thousand
5But it happened, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab
rebelled against the king of Israel.
6King Jehoram went out of Samaria at
that time, and mustered all Israel.
7He went and sent to Jehoshaphat the
king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab has rebelled against me: will you go
with me against Moab to battle? He said, I will go up: I am as you are, my
people as your people, my horses as your horses.
8He said, Which way
shall we go up? He answered, The way of the wilderness of Edom.
king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom; and they
made a circuit of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the army,
nor for the animals that followed them.
10The king of Israel said, Alas!
for Yahweh has called these three kings together to deliver them into the
hand of Moab.
11But Jehoshaphat said, Isn’t there here a prophet of
Yahweh, that we may inquire of Yahweh by him? One of the king of Israel’s
servants answered, Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the
hands of Elijah.
12Jehoshaphat said, The word of Yahweh is with him. So
the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
13Elisha said to the king of Israel, What have I to do with you? get you
to the prophets of your father, and to the prophets of your mother. The king
of Israel said to him, No; for Yahweh has called these three kings together
to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
14Elisha said, As Yahweh of Armies
lives, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of
Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward you, nor see you.
15But now bring me a minstrel. It happened, when the minstrel played,
that the hand of Yahweh came on him.
16He said, Thus says Yahweh, Make
this valley full of trenches.
17For thus says Yahweh, You shall not
see wind, neither shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled
with water, and you shall drink, both you and your livestock and your
18This is but a light thing in the sight of Yahweh: he will also
deliver the Moabites into your hand.
19You shall strike every
fortified city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and
stop all springs of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.
20It happened in the morning, about the time of offering the offering,
that behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled
21Now when all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up
to fight against them, they gathered themselves together, all who were able
to put on armor, and upward, and stood on the border.
22They rose up
early in the morning, and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw
the water over against them as red as blood:
23and they said, This is
blood; the kings are surely destroyed, and they have struck each man his
fellow: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
24When they came to the camp
of Israel, the Israelites rose up and struck the Moabites, so that they fled
before them; and they went forward into the land smiting the Moabites.
25They beat down the cities; and on every good piece of land they cast
every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the springs of
water, and felled all the good trees, until in Kir Hareseth only they
left the stones of it; however the men armed with slings went about it, and
26When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for
him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew sword, to break through to
the king of Edom; but they could not.
27Then he took his eldest son who
would have reigned in his place, and offered him for a burnt offering on the
wall. There was great wrath against Israel: and they departed from him, and
returned to their own land.