2 Kings 3

VIN(i) 1 And Jehoram son of Ahab reigned in Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah. And he reigned twelve years. 2 and did evil in the eyes of the LORD, yet not as his father or his mother, as he removed the stone pillars of Baal that his father had made. 3 Nevertheless he clung to the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from there. 4 Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep-master; and he rendered unto the king of Israel the wool of a hundred thousand lambs, and of a hundred thousand rams. 5 After Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel. 6 And at that time king Jehoram went out of Samaria and inspected all Israel. 7 He went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, "The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me against Moab to battle?" He said, "I will go up. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses." 8 And he said: Which way shall we go up? But he answered: By the desert of Edom. 9 So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom by a roundabout way for seven days: and there was no water for the army or for the beasts they had with them. 10 Then said the king of Israel—Alas! for the LORD hath called these three kings, to deliver them into the hand of Moab. 11 But Jehoshaphat said, "Isn't there here a prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire of the LORD by him?" One of the king of Israel's servants answered, "Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah." 12 Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. 13 And Elisha said to the king of Israel, What do I have to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother. And the king of Israel said to him, No, for the LORD has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab. 14 Elisha said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I respect the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward you, nor see you. 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And when the minstrel played, the hand of the LORD came upon him; 16 and he said, Thus hath the LORD said, Make this valley full of ditches. 17 for thus says the LORD, 'You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this wadi will be full of water; and you and all of your livestock and your animals shall drink.' 18 And, this being a small thing in the eyes of the LORD, he will deliver Moab into your hand; 19 And you shall smite every fortified city, and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree, and stop up all wells of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones. 20 In the morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water. 21 The Moabites heard that the three kings came to attack them. All the young and old men who could bear arms were called out and stationed at the border. 22 And they rose up early in the morning. And the sun was shining on the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the opposite side as red as blood. 23 They said: "It is blood! The three armies fought and killed each other! Let us go and loot their camp!" 24 And when they came to the Host of Israel, the Israelites stood up and laid on the Moabites, that they fled before them: And so they entered the land and destroyed the Moabites. 25 And they beat down the cities, and each man cast his stone on every good piece of land, and filled it. And they stopped all the wells of water, and cut down all the good trees. Only in Kir-haraseth did they leave the stones of it. But the slingers surrounded it and struck it. 26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew sword, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not. 27 He took his firstborn son who was to become king in his place and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. Great wrath came upon Israel, and they withdrew from him and returned to the land.