F I R S T K I N G S
This chapter finishes the history of Ahab's reign.
It was promised in the close of the foregoing chapter that the ruin
of his house should not come in his days, but his days were soon at
an end. His war with the Syrians at Ramoth-Gilead is that which we
have an account of in this chapter. I. His preparations for that
war. He consulted, 1. His privy-council, ver. 1-3. 2. Jehoshaphat, ver. 4. 3. His prophets. (1.) His
own, who encouraged him to go on this expedition (ver. 5, 6), Zedekiah particularly,
ver. 11, 12. (2.) A
prophet of the Lord, Micaiah, who was desired to come by
Jehoshaphat (ver. 7, 8),
sent for (ver. 9, 10-13,
14), upbraided Ahab with his confidence in the false
prophets (v. 15), but
foretold his fall in this expedition (ver. 16-18), and gave him an account how
he came to be thus imposed upon by his prophets, ver. 19-23. He is abused by Zedekiah
(ver. 24, 25), and
imprisoned by Ahab, ver.
26-28. II. The battle itself, in which, 1. Jehoshaphat
is exposed. But, 2. Ahab is slain, ver. 29-40. In the close of the chapter
we have a short account, (1.) Of the good reign of Jehoshaphat king
of Judah, ver. 41-50.
(2.) Of the wicked reign of Ahaziah king of Israel, ver. 51-53.