The LORD asked, 'Who will deceive King Ahab of Israel so that he will attack and be killed at Ramoth in Gilead?' Some answered one way, while others were saying something else. 20
"Then the Spirit stepped forward, stood in front of the LORD, and said, 'I will deceive him.' " 'How?' the LORD asked. 21
"The Spirit answered, 'I will go out and be a spirit that tells lies through the mouths of all of Ahab's prophets.' "The LORD said, 'You will succeed in deceiving him. Go and do it.' 22
"So the LORD has put into the mouths of these prophets of yours a spirit that makes them tell lies. The LORD has spoken evil about you."
23Zedekiah, son of Chenaanah, went to Micaiah and struck him on the cheek. "Which way did the Spirit go when he left me to talk to you?" he asked. 24Micaiah answered, "You will find out on the day you go into an inner room to hide." 25The king of Israel then said, "Send Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the prince. 26Say, 'This is what the king says: Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water until I return home safely.'" 27Micaiah said, "If you really do come back safely, then the LORD wasn't speaking through me. Pay attention to this, everyone!"
28So the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah went to Ramoth in Gilead. 29The king of Israel told Jehoshaphat, "I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you should wear your royal robes." So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. 30The king of Aram had given orders to the chariot commanders. He said, "Don't fight anyone except the king of Israel." 31When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they said, "He must be the king of Israel." So they surrounded him in order to fight him. But when Jehoshaphat cried out, the LORD helped him. God drew them away from him, 32and the chariot commanders realized that Jehoshaphat wasn't the king of Israel. Then they turned away from him. 33One man aimed his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between his scale armor and his breastplate. Ahab told the chariot driver, "Turn around, and get me away from these troops. I'm badly wounded." 34But the battle got worse that day, and the king propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. At sundown he died.