1 Kings 22:8
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New International Version
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one prophet through whom we can inquire of the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me, but always bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." "The king should not say such a thing," Jehoshaphat replied.

New Living Translation
The king of Israel replied to Jehoshaphat, "There is one more man who could consult the LORD for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me! His name is Micaiah son of Imlah." Jehoshaphat replied, "That's not the way a king should talk! Let's hear what he has to say."

English Standard Version
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”

New American Standard Bible
The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." But Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say so."

King James Bible
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man who can ask Yahweh, but I hate him because he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster. He is Micaiah son of Imlah."" The king shouldn't say that!" Jehoshaphat replied.

International Standard Version
"There is still one man left by whom we could ask the LORD what to do," the king of Israel replied to Jehoshaphat, "but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me. Instead, he prophesies evil. He is Imla's son Micaiah." But Jehoshaphat rebuked Ahab, "Kings should never talk like that."

NET Bible
The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat, "There is still one man through whom we can seek the LORD's will. But I despise him because he does not prophesy prosperity for me, but disaster. His name is Micaiah son of Imlah. Jehoshaphat said, "The king should not say such things."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "We can ask the LORD through Micaiah, son of Imlah, but I hate him. He doesn't prophesy anything good about me, only evil." Jehoshaphat answered, "The king must not say that."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat: 'There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.' And Jehoshaphat said: 'Let not the king say so.'

New American Standard 1977
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king of Israel replied unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah, the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD; but I hate him, for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

American King James Version
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

American Standard Version
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, there is yet one man by whom we may inquire of Jehovah, Micaiah the son of Imlah: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king of Israel said to Josaphat: There is one man left, by whom we may inquire of the Lord: Micheas the son of Jemla; but I hate him, for he doth not prophesy good to me, but evil. And Josaphat said: Speak not so, O king.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of Jehovah; but I hate him, for he prophesies no good concerning me, but evil: [it is] Micah the son of Imlah. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

English Revised Version
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, Micaiah the son of Imlah: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

World English Bible
The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of Yahweh, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him; for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil." Jehoshaphat said, "Don't let the king say so."

Young's Literal Translation
And the king of Israel saith unto Jehoshaphat, 'Yet -- one man to seek Jehovah by him, and I have hated him, for he doth not prophesy concerning me good, but evil -- Micaiah son of Imlah;' and Jehoshaphat saith, 'Let not the king say so.'
Study Bible
Ahab and the False Prophets
7But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?" 8The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." But Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say so." 9Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, "Bring quickly Micaiah son of Imlah."…
Word Study

And the king
melek  (meh'-lek)
a king -- king, royal.

of Israel
Yisra'el  (yis-raw-ale')
he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: --Israel.

said
'amar  (aw-mar')
to say (used with great latitude)

unto Jehoshaphat
Yhowshaphat  (yeh-ho-shaw-fawt')
Jehovah-judged; Jehoshaphat, the name of six Israelites; also of a valley near Jerusalem -- Jehoshaphat.

There is yet one
'echad  (ekh-awd')
united, i.e. one; or (as an ordinal) first

man
'iysh  (eesh)
a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation)

Micaiah
Miykayhuw  (me-kaw-yeh-hoo')
abbrev. Mikajah, the name of three Israelites -- Micah, Micaiah, Michaiah.

the son
ben  (bane)
a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.

of Imlah
Yimla'  (yeem-law')
full; Jimla or Jimlah, an Israelite -- Imla, Imlah.

by whom we may enquire
darash  (daw-rash')
to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship

of the LORD
Yhovah  (yeh-ho-vaw')
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.

but I hate
sane'  (saw-nay')
to hate (personally) -- enemy, foe, (be) hate(-ful, -r), odious, utterly.

him for he doth not prophesy
naba'  (naw-baw')
to prophesy, i.e. speak (or sing) by inspiration (in prediction or simple discourse) -- prophesy(-ing), make self a prophet.

good
towb  (tobe)
good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun

concerning me but evil
ra`  (rah)
bad or (as noun) evil (natural or moral)one), worse(-st), wretchedness, wrong. (Incl. feminine raaah; as adjective or noun.).

And Jehoshaphat
Yhowshaphat  (yeh-ho-shaw-fawt')
Jehovah-judged; Jehoshaphat, the name of six Israelites; also of a valley near Jerusalem -- Jehoshaphat.

said
'amar  (aw-mar')
to say (used with great latitude)

Let not the king
melek  (meh'-lek)
a king -- king, royal.

say
'amar  (aw-mar')
to say (used with great latitude)

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Cross References
1 Kings 22:7
But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?"

1 Kings 22:9
Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, "Bring quickly Micaiah son of Imlah."

1 Kings 22:18
Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?"

Isaiah 30:10
Who say to the seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.

Jeremiah 36:23
When Jehudi had read three or four columns, the king cut it with a scribe's knife and threw it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.

Amos 5:10
They hate him who reproves in the gate, And they abhor him who speaks with integrity.
Treasury of Scripture

And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.

yet one man

1 Kings 18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that …

1 Kings 19:10,14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: …

1 Kings 20:41,42 And he hurried, and took the ashes away from his face; and the king …

but I hate him

1 Kings 22:27 And say, Thus said the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed …

1 Kings 20:43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and …

1 Kings 21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, O my enemy? And he answered, …

Genesis 37:8 And his brothers said to him, Shall you indeed reign over us? or …

2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and …

Psalm 34:21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he …

Proverbs 15:12 A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go to the wise.

Isaiah 49:7 Thus said the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to …

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Jeremiah 20:10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say …

Jeremiah 43:3,4 But Baruch the son of Neriah sets you on against us, for to deliver …

Amos 5:10 They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaks …

Zechariah 11:8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed …

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that …

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

John 3:20-22 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the …

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

John 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

John 17:14 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because …

Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Revelation 11:7-10 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that …

good

1 Kings 22:13 And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, …

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Jeremiah 38:4 Therefore the princes said to the king, We beseech you, let this …

Micah 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will …

concerning me

1 Kings 20:35-42 And a certain man of the sons of the prophets said to his neighbor …

2 Kings 9:22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, …

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

Isaiah 57:19-21 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, …

Let not the

1 Kings 21:27-29 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his …

Proverbs 5:12-14 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof…

Micah 2:7 O you that are named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD …

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