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.”

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

New King James Version
Also Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire for the word of the LORD today.”

New American Standard Bible
However, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please request the word of the LORD first.”

NASB 1995
Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.”

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

Amplified Bible
Further, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.”

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yehoshaphat said to the King of Israel: ”Ask now the word of LORD JEHOVAH concerning today.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And Jehoshaphat says to the king of Israel, “Please seek the word of YHWH this day.”

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."

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.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 like you, and my people are 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 like you, and my people are 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…









(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!

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But Jehoshaphat
יְהוֹשָׁפָ֖ט (yə·hō·wō·šā·p̄āṭ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 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 559: To utter, say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

of the LORD.”
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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