Context10Then the king of Israel said, Alas! For the LORD has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab. 11But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not a prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israels servants answered and said, Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah. 12Jehoshaphat 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.
13Now 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 give them into the hand of Moab. 14Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look at you nor see you. 15But now bring me a minstrel. And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. 16He said, Thus says the LORD, Make this valley full of trenches. 17For thus says the LORD, You shall not see wind nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, both you and your cattle and your beasts. 18This is but a slight thing in the sight of the LORD; He will also give the Moabites into your hand. 19Then you shall strike every fortified city and every choice city, and fell every good tree and stop all springs of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones. 20It happened in the morning about the time of offering the sacrifice, that behold, water came by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.
21Now all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them. And all who were able to put on armor and older were summoned and stood on the border. 22They rose early in the morning, and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood. 23Then they said, This is blood; the kings have surely fought together, and they have slain one another. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil! 24But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites arose and struck the Moabites, so that they fled before them; and they went forward into the land, slaughtering the Moabites. 25Thus they destroyed the cities; and each one threw a stone on every piece of good land and filled it. So they stopped all the springs of water and felled all the good trees, until in Kir-hareseth only they left its stones; however, the slingers went about it and struck it. 26When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him 700 men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom; but they could not. 27Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel, and they departed from him and returned to their own land.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And the king of Israel said, Alas! for Jehovah hath called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
And the king of Israel said: Alas, alas, alas, the Lord hath gathered us three kings together, to deliver us into the hands of Moab!
Darby Bible Translation
And the king of Israel said, Alas! that Jehovah has called these three kings together, to give them into the hand of Moab!
English Revised Version
And the king of Israel said, Alas! for the LORD hath called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
Webster's Bible Translation
And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!
World English Bible
The king of Israel said, "Alas! For Yahweh has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab."
Young's Literal Translation
and the king of Israel saith, 'Alas, for Jehovah hath called for these three kings, to give them into the hand of Moab.'
LibrarySight and Blindness
'Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. 9. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that them pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. 10. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. 11. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Old Testament and Archeology
Balak's Inquiries Relative to the Service of God, and Balaam's Answer, Briefly Considered.
The Fall of the House of Ahab
The Prophet Amos.
The Prophet Joel.
The Secret of Its Greatness
The Assyrian Revival and the Struggle for Syria
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