1 Kings 22:2
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New International Version
But in the third year Jehoshaphat king of Judah went down to see the king of Israel.

New Living Translation
Then during the third year, King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to visit King Ahab of Israel.

English Standard Version
But in the third year Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
In the third year Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

King James Bible
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, in the third year, Jehoshaphat king of Judah went to visit the king of Israel.

International Standard Version
During that third year, King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to visit the king of Israel.

NET Bible
In the third year King Jehoshaphat of Judah came down to visit the king of Israel.

New Heart English Bible
It happened in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the third year King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to visit the king of Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, came down to the king of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

American King James Version
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in the third year, Josaphat king of Juda came down to the king of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

World English Bible
It happened in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and it cometh to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat king of Judah cometh down unto the king of Israel,
Study Bible
Ahab and the False Prophets
1Three years passed without war between Aram and Israel. 2In the third year Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. 3Now the king of Israel said to his servants, "Do you know that Ramoth-gilead belongs to us, and we are still doing nothing to take it out of the hand of the king of Aram?"…
Cross References
1 Kings 15:24
And Asa slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.

1 Kings 22:1
Three years passed without war between Aram and Israel.

1 Kings 22:44
Jehoshaphat also made peace with the king of Israel.

2 Chronicles 18:2
Some years later he went down to visit Ahab at Samaria. And Ahab slaughtered many sheep and oxen for him and the people who were with him, and induced him to go up against Ramoth-gilead.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.

A.M.

1 Kings 22:1 And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly…

Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to show to his disciples, how that …

Jehoshaphat

1 Kings 22:41,44 And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth …

1 Kings 15:24 And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in …

2 Kings 8:18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as did the house …

2 Chronicles 18:1,2 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and joined affinity …

(2) Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down.--The fuller account of the Chronicles (2 Chronicles 17) notices that the early part of his reign had been marked by a continuance or increase of the prosperity of Asa; but (1Kings 18:1) adds, in significant connection, he " had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab," so that this prosperity was, at any rate in part, dependent on a change of policy from enmity to alliance, with apparently some measure of dependence, dangerous alike spiritually and politically, but probably thought to be a necessity. The visit of Jehoshaphat (2Chronicles 18:2) was one of festivity, of which Ahab took advantage.

Verse 2. - And it came to pass in the third year [Of the peace; not after the death of Naboth, as Stanley], that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down [The journey to Jerusalem being invariably described as a "going up," one from Jerusalem to the provinces would naturally be spoken of as a "going down"] to the king of Israel. [For aught that appears, this was the first time that the monarchs of the sister kingdoms had met, except in battle, since the disruption, though the marriage of Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat, with Athaliah, the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, had taken place some years before this date (2 Chronicles 18:1, 2). It is probable that it was the growing power of Syria had led to this affinity and alliance.] And it came to pass in the third year,.... Of the peace, before it was expired:

that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel; to Ahab, from Jerusalem to Samaria, reckoned thirty two miles (m); either to make peace with him, and put an end to the wars which subsisted between Israel and Judah since the division of the kingdom, 1 Kings 22:44 or to contract an affinity with him, by marrying his son to a daughter of Ahab, 2 Kings 8:18 or rather after peace was made, and that strengthened by the marriage; and so he went merely to pay a visit, as he judged he might then with great safety; and he and all his retinue were entertained by Ahab in a very sumptuous and liberal manner, 2 Chronicles 18:1.

(m) Bunting's Travels, &c. p. 178. near 40, Rainold. Praelect. 31. col. 266. 2. Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel—It was singular that a friendly league between the sovereigns of Israel and Judah should, for the first time, have been formed by princes of such opposite characters—the one pious, the other wicked. Neither this league nor the matrimonial alliance by which the union of the royal families was more closely cemented, met the Lord's approval (2Ch 19:2). It led, however, to a visit by Jehoshaphat, whose reception in Samaria was distinguished by the most lavish hospitality (2Ch 18:2). The opportunity of this visit was taken advantage of, to push an object on which Ahab's heart was much set.22:1-14 The same easiness of temper, which betrays some godly persons into friendship with the declared enemies of religion, renders it very dangerous to them. They will be drawn to wink at and countenance such conduct and conversation as they ought to protest against with abhorrence. Whithersoever a good man goes, he ought to take his religion with him, and not be ashamed to own it when he is with those who have no regard for it. Jehoshaphat had not left behind him, at Jerusalem, his affection and reverence for the word of the Lord, but avowed it, and endeavoured to bring it into Ahab's court. And Ahab's prophets, to please Jehoshaphat, made use of the name of Jehovah: to please Ahab, they said, Go up. But the false prophets cannot so mimic the true, but that he who has spiritual senses exercised, can discern the fallacy. One faithful prophet of the Lord was worth them all. Wordly men have in all ages been alike absurd in their views of religion. They would have the preacher fit his doctrine to the fashion of the times, and the taste of the hearers, and yet to add. Thus saith the Lord, to words that men would put into their mouths. They are ready to cry out against a man as rude and foolish, who scruples thus to try to secure his own interests, and to deceive others.
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