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."

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.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man [Cf. 1 Kings 18:22], Micaiah [The name ( = Who is like Jehovah?) is as appropriate to the man who bore it as Elijah's name was to him (1 Kings 17:1; cf. 18:39). But it is not an uncommon name in the Old Testament - it is borne by eight different persons. Compare Michael, "Who is like God?"] the son of Imiah [The chronicler writes the name Imla, יִמְלָא], by whom we may inquire of the Lord [Ahab evidently had wished Jehoshaphat to understand that the prophets already consulted were prophets of Jehovah, as no doubt they claimed to be. One of them bore a name in which the sacred Jah formed a part]: but I hate [שְׂנֵאתִי (cf. odi), have learned to hate] him [Ahab had good reasons for not caring to consult a man whom he had put into prison (see ver. 26, and compare Matthew 14:3), because of his reproofs or unwelcome predictions. Josephus, and Jewish writers generally, identify Micaiah with the nameless prophet of 1 Kings 21:42]; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil [The chronicler adds כָּל־יָמָיו; i.e., persistently, throughout his whole career. Ahab insinuates that Micaiah is actuated by personal dislike. The commentators refer to Homer. I1. 4, 106-108.] And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. [He does not mean that the prophet cannot say just what he will, but suggests that Ahab is prejudiced against him. Perhaps he suspected that there might be a very different reason for Micaiah's sinister predictions.]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire 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,.... And but one in Samaria; Elijah and Elisha were elsewhere:

but I hate him, for he doth not prophesy of good concerning me, but evil; who is thought to be the same that was several times with him when engaged in the war with the king of Syria, 1 Kings 20:13 and each time, excepting the last, he brought him good tidings; but because, in his last message, he told him, that, since he had let Benhadad go, his life should go for his life, and his people for his people, for that he hated him:

and Jehoshaphat said, let not the king say so; which was very modestly, though perhaps too gently, said; suggesting that the prophets of the Lord should be heard, respected, and honoured, let their message be as it would, since they spake not of their own mind and will, but what they were moved unto by the Spirit of God.



1 Kings 22:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
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."…
Cross References
1 Kings 22:7
But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there no longer a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?"

1 Kings 22:9
So the king of Israel called one of his officials and said, "Bring Micaiah son of Imlah at once."

1 Kings 22:18
The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "Didn't I tell you that he never prophesies anything good about me, but only bad?"

Isaiah 30:10
They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.

Jeremiah 36:23
Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe's knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire.

Amos 5:10
There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth.
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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