2 Chronicles 18:4
New International Version
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, "First seek the counsel of the LORD."

New Living Translation
Then Jehoshaphat added, "But first let's find out what the LORD says."

English Standard Version
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the LORD.”

Berean Study Bible
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.”

New American Standard Bible
Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire first for the word of the LORD."

King James Bible
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.

Christian Standard Bible
But Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "First, please ask what the LORD's will is."

Contemporary English Version
But first let's ask the LORD what to do."

Good News Translation
Then he added, "But first let's consult the LORD."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "First, please ask what the LORD's will is."

International Standard Version
But then Jehoshaphat asked the king of Israel, "Please ask for a message from the LORD, first."

NET Bible
Then Jehoshaphat added, "First seek an oracle from the LORD."

New Heart English Bible
Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire first for the word of the LORD."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "But first, find out what the word of the LORD is [in this matter]."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel: 'Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD today.'

New American Standard 1977
Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD today.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray you, for the word of the LORD today.

American King James Version
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray you, at the word of the LORD to day.

American Standard Version
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Inquire first, I pray thee, for the word of Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Josaphat said to the king of Israel, Seek, I pray thee, the Lord to-day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Josaphat said to the king of Israel: Inquire, I beseech thee, at present the word of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, this day of the word of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel; Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD today.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to-day.

World English Bible
Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire first for the word of Yahweh."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehoshaphat saith unto the king of Israel, 'Seek, I pray thee, this day, the word of Jehovah.'
Study Bible
Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab
3Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me against Ramoth-gilead?” And Jehoshaphat replied, “I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.” 4But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.” 5So the king of Israel assembled the prophets, four hundred men, and asked them, “Should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we refrain?” “Go up,” they replied, “and God will deliver it into the hand of the king.”…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 18:3
Ahab king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat king of Judah, "Will you go with me against Ramoth-gilead?" And Jehoshaphat replied, "I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war."

2 Chronicles 18:5
So the king of Israel assembled the prophets, four hundred men, and asked them, "Should we go to war against Ramoth-gilead, or should we refrain?" "Go up," they replied, "and God will deliver it into the hand of the king."

Treasury of Scripture

And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Inquire, I pray you, at the word of the LORD to day.

Enquire

2 Chronicles 34:26
And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;

1 Samuel 23:2
Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:2,4,9-12
Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah…







Lexicon
But Jehoshaphat
יְהוֹשָׁפָ֖ט (yə·hō·wō·šā·p̄āṭ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3092: Jehoshaphat -- 'the LORD has judged', the name of a number of Israelites

also said
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the king
מֶ֣לֶךְ (me·leḵ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

of Israel,
יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

“Please
נָ֥א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

inquire
דְּרָשׁ־ (də·rāš-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

first
כַיּ֖וֹם (ḵay·yō·wm)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

for the word
דְּבַ֥ר (də·ḇar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

of the LORD.”
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(4) And Jehoshaphat.--So exactly 1Kings 22:5.

Enquire . . . at the word.--Seek the word.

Verse 4. - The wording of this verse is identical with that of the parallel (1 Kings 22:5). Jehoshaphat, if even not quite conscious of it, is throwing some sop to his conscience in essaying to become, and posing as, the godly counsellor of "the ungodly" (2 Chronicles 19:2). At any rate, his counsel is right, even to the point of urging to-day, and significantly deprecating procrastination. It is not, however, so clear that he was, in the first instance, as decided in respect of the necessity of inquiring the will of the Lord at the mouth of a true prophet, in distinction from a prophet merely of Israel, though they should be "four hundred" in number! Compare the following two verses, however, which show as though he was holding himself quite prepared and on the look-out for the expected occasion of having to rein Ahab up! 18:1-34 Jehoshaphat's alliance with Ahab. - This history we read in 1Ki 22. Abundant riches and honour give large opportunities of doing good, but they are attended with many snares and temptations. Men do not know much of the artifices of Satan and the deceitfulness of their own hearts, when they covet riches with the idea of being able to do good with them. What can hurt those whom God will protect? What can shelter those whom God will destroy? Jehoshaphat is safe in his robes, Ahab killed in his armour; for the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. We should be cautious of entangling ourselves in the worldly undertakings of evil men; and still more we should avoid engaging in their sinful projects. But, when they call upon him, God can and will bring his faithful people out of the difficulties and dangers into which they have sinfully run themselves. He has all hearts in his hand, so that he easily rescues them. Blessed is the man that putteth his trust in the Lord.
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