Yehosafat Ne Ahab
1Ɔko biara ansi Aram ne Israel ntam mfeɛ mmiɛnsa. 2Na mfeɛ mmiɛnsa no mu, ɔhene Yehosafat a ɔdi adeɛ Yuda kɔɔ Israelhene Ahab nkyɛn. 3Na Ahab abisa ne mpanimfoɔ sɛ, “Moahunu sɛ Aramfoɔ da so te yɛn kuro Ramot Gilead mu? Nanso, yɛnyɛɛ ho hwee!”
4Enti ɔbisaa Yehosafat sɛ, “Wobɛka me ho, na yɛako atia Ramot Gilead anaa?”
Na Yehosafat buaa ɔhene Ahab sɛ, “Adɛn? Ɛyɛ asɛm a ɛda ne kwan mu. Wo ne me yɛ anuanom, na mʼakodɔm yɛ wo dea, sɛ wobɛka asɛm a wopɛ akyerɛ wɔn. Mpo, mʼapɔnkɔ da wo da.” 5Na Yehosafat ka kaa ho sɛ, “Deɛ ɛdi ɛkan no, ma yɛmmisa Awurade hɔ afotuo.”
6Enti, ɔhene Ahab frɛɛ nʼadiyifoɔ a wɔn dodoɔ bɛyɛ ahanan no nyinaa, bisaa wɔn sɛ, “Menkɔko ntia Ramot Gilead anaa mennkɔ?”
Wɔn nyinaa buaa sɛ, “Kɔ so! Awurade bɛma woadi nkonim animuonyam so.”
7Nanso, Yehosafat bisaa sɛ, “Enti, Awurade odiyifoɔ biara nso nni ha? Anka mepɛ sɛ mebisa no saa asɛm korɔ no ara.”
8Ɔhene Ahab buaa sɛ, “Awurade odiyifoɔ baako da so wɔ ha, nanso metane no. Ɔnhyɛ nkɔm pa biara sɛ nkɔm bɔne, na ɔhyɛ fa me ho. Ne din de Mikaia a ɔyɛ Imla babarima.”
Na Yehosafat kaa sɛ, “Nkasa saa. Momma yɛntie asɛm a ɔwɔ ka.”
9Enti, Israelhene frɛɛ ne mpanimfoɔ no mu baako, ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Ka wo ho kɔfa Imla babarima Mikaia bra.”
Mikaia Hyɛ Nkɔm Tia Ahab
10Israelhene Ahab ne Yudahene Yehosafat hyɛɛ wɔn ahemfo ntadeɛ, tenaa wɔn ahennwa mu wɔ aponnwa a ɛbɛn Samaria ɛkwan no ano. Saa ɛberɛ no, na Ahab adiyifoɔ no rehyɛ nkɔm wɔ wɔn anim. 11Wɔn mu baako a wɔfrɛ no Sedekia a ɔyɛ Kenaana babarima yɛɛ dadeɛ mmɛn bi ka too dwa sɛ, “Sɛdeɛ Awurade ka nie: Mode saa mmɛn yi bɛwowɔ Aramfoɔ no akunkum wɔn.”
12Adiyifoɔ a wɔwɔ hɔ no nyinaa penee so, kaa sɛ, “Aane, monkɔ Ramot-Gilead, na monkɔdi nkonim, ɛfiri sɛ, Awurade bɛma moadi nkonim.”
13Na ɔbɔfoɔ a ɔkɔfaa Mikaia no ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Tie, adiyifoɔ no nyinaa hyɛ nkonimdie ho nkɔm ma ɔhene. Hwɛ sɛ wo ne wɔn adwene bɛyɛ baako, na wo nso, wobɛhyɛ nkonimdie ho nkɔm.”
14Nanso, Mikaia kaa sɛ, “Mmerɛ dodoɔ a Awurade te aseɛ yi, deɛ Awurade aka akyerɛ me sɛ menka no na mɛka.”
15Ɛberɛ a Mikaia bɛduruu ahennimu no, Ahab bisaa no sɛ, “Mikaia, yɛnkɔko ntia Ramot-Gilead anaa yɛnnkɔ?”
Na Mikaia buaa sɛ, “Monkɔ! Na Awurade bɛma ɔhene adi nkonim animuonyam so.”
16Nanso, ɔhene no sɔɔ so sɛ, “Mpɛn ahe na menka sɛ, ɛberɛ biara a wobɛkasa ama Awurade no, ɛsɛ sɛ woka nokorɛ?”
17Na Mikaia ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Anisoadehunu mu, mehunuu sɛ Israel abɔ apete mmepɔ no so, te sɛ nnwan a wɔnni ɔhwɛfoɔ. Na Awurade kaa sɛ, ‘Wɔakum wɔn wura. Ma wɔnkɔ efie asomdwoeɛ mu.’ ”
18Israelhene ka kyerɛɛ Yehosafat sɛ, “Manka saa ankyerɛ wo? Ɛda biara saa na ɔyɛ. Ɔnhyɛ nkɔm pa biara sɛ nkɔntorɔ na ɔhyɛ fa me ho.”
19Mikaia toaa so sɛ, “Tie deɛ Awurade ka. Mehunuu Awurade sɛ ɔte nʼahennwa so a ne sorofoɔ akodɔm nyinaa atwa ne ho ahyia wɔ ne nifa ne ne benkum so.” 20Na Awurade bisaa sɛ, “Hwan na ɔbɛtumi adaadaa Ahab, ama wakɔ ɔko atia Ramot Gilead, a ɛbɛtumi aba sɛ wɔbɛkum no wɔ hɔ?”
Wɔsusuu nsɛm ahodoɔ bebree ho wɔ hɔ, 21kɔsii sɛ ne korakora no, honhom bi kɔɔ Awurade nkyɛn kɔkaa sɛ, “Mɛtumi ayɛ!”
22Awurade bisaa sɛ, “Ɛkwan bɛn so na wobɛfa ayɛ yei?”
Na honhom no buaa sɛ, “Mɛkɔ akɔdaadaa Ahab adiyifoɔ, ama wɔadi atorɔ.”
Awurade kaa sɛ, “Kɔ so yɛ, na wobɛdi nkonim.
23“Enti afei, Awurade de nkontompo honhom ahyɛ wʼadiyifoɔ anomu. Na Awurade adwene ɔhaw ne abɛbrɛsɛ ama wo.”
24Ɛnna Kenaana babarima Sedekia kɔɔ Mikaia so, kɔbɔɔ nʼani so. Ɔbisaa no sɛ, “Da bɛn na Awurade honhom firii me mu, bɛkasa kyerɛɛ wo?”
25Na Mikaia buaa sɛ, “Ɛrenkyɛre biara, wobɛhunu nokorɛ no wɔ ɛberɛ a wobɛdwane akɔtɛ kɔkoam dan bi mu.”
26Israelhene Ahab hyɛɛ sɛ, “Monkyere Mikaia, na momfa no nkɔma Amon a ɔyɛ kuro no mu amrado, na momfa no nkɔ me babarima Yoas nkyɛn. 27Monka saa nhyɛ a ɛfiri ɔhene nkyɛn nkyerɛ wɔn sɛ, ‘Fa saa ɔbarima yi to afiase, na burodo ne nsuo nko na momfa mma no nni, kɔsi sɛ mɛsane afiri akono aba asomdwoeɛ mu.’ ”
28Nanso, Mikaia buaa sɛ, “Sɛ wosane ba asomdwoeɛ mu a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ, Awurade amfa me so ankasa.” Na ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn a wɔgyinagyina hɔ, atwa ne ho ahyia no sɛ, “Saa asɛm a maka yi, monhyɛ no nso.”
29Na Israelhene ne Yudahene Yehosafat dii wɔn akodɔm anim, kɔto hyɛɛ Ramot-Gilead so. 30Afei, ɔhene Ahab ka kyerɛɛ Yehosafat sɛ, “Yɛrekɔ ɔko yi, mɛsakyera me ho, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, obiara renhunu me. Nanso, wo deɛ, hyɛ wʼahentadeɛ.” Enti, Ahab sakyeraa ne ho, na wɔkɔɔ ɔko no.
31Saa ɛberɛ no, na Aramhene ahyɛ ne nteaseɛnamkafoɔ aduasa mmienu no sɛ, “Monto nhyɛ Israelhene nko ara so!” 32Enti, ɛberɛ a Aramhene nteaseɛnamkafoɔ no hunuu Yehosafat sɛ ɔhyɛ nʼahentadeɛ no, wɔtaa no. Wɔteateaam sɛ, “Israelhene no ne no.” Nanso, ɛberɛ a Yehosafat teaam no, 33nteaseɛnamkafoɔ no hunuu sɛ ɛnyɛ ɔno ne Israelhene no enti, wɔgyaa nʼakyidie.
34Aram sraani bi de anibiannasoɔ too agyan kyerɛɛ Israel asraafoɔ no so, ma ɛkɔwɔɔ Israelhene wɔ ne nkataboɔ ahyiaeɛ so. Ahab teaam kyerɛɛ ne teaseɛnamkafoɔ no sɛ, “Fa me firi ha ntɛm, na wɔapira me pa ara.” 35Ɔko no kɔɔ so saa ara da mu no nyinaa, na wɔde Ahab tweree biribi wɔ ne teaseɛnam mu a nʼani kyerɛ Aramfoɔ no. Mogya tuu no firi nʼapirakuro no mu, guu teaseɛnam no mu, na onwunu dwoeɛ no, ɔwuiɛ. 36Onwunu reyɛ adwo no, wɔteateaam faa akodɔm no nyinaa mu sɛ: “Ɔko no aba awieeɛ. Monsane nkɔ efie!”
37Na ɔhene no wuiɛ no, wɔde nʼamu no kɔɔ Samaria, kɔsiee no wɔ hɔ. 38Na wɔhoroo ne teaseɛnam no ho wɔ asubura bi a ɛwɔ Samaria a adwamanfoɔ dware hɔ, na nkraman bɛtaferee ɔhene no mogya no, sɛdeɛ Awurade aka ato hɔ no.
39Nsɛm a ɛfa Ahab ahennie ho ne asonse ahemfie ho asɛm ne nkuro a ɔkyekyeree nyinaa no, wɔatwerɛ agu Israel Ahemfo Abakɔsɛm Nwoma no mu. 40Ɛberɛ a Ahab wuiɛ no, wɔsiee no wɔ nʼagyanom mu. Na ne babarima Ahasia dii nʼadeɛ sɛ ɔhene.
Yehosafat Di Ɔhene Wɔ Yuda
41Asa babarima Yehosafat bɛdii Yuda so ɛberɛ a na Ahab adi adeɛ wɔ Israel ne mfeɛ ɛnan so no. 42Ɔdii adeɛ no, na wadi mfeɛ aduasa enum, na ɔdii adeɛ Yerusalem mfirinhyia aduonu enum. Na ne maame din de Asuba a ɔyɛ Silhi babaa. 43Na Yehosafat yɛ ɔhene papa a ɔdii nʼagya Asa anammɔn akyi. Ɔyɛɛ adeɛ a ɛsɔ Awurade ani. Nanso, nʼahennie mu no, wantumi ammubu abosonnan enti, nnipa kɔɔ so bɔɔ afɔdeɛ, hyee aduhwam wɔ hɔ. 44Yehosafat ne Israelhene tenaa ase asomdwoeɛ mu.
45Nsɛm a ɛfa Yehosafat ahennie ho nkaeɛ no, faako a ne tumi kɔduruiɛ ne ako a ɔdiiɛ no nyinaa, wɔatwerɛ agu Yuda Ahemfo Abakɔsɛm Nwoma no mu. 46Ɔpamoo abosomfie so adwamanfoɔ a na wɔgu so bɔ adwaman, firi nʼagya Asa berɛ so no nyinaa. 47Saa ɛberɛ no, na ɔhene nni Edom gye kuro no sohwɛfoɔ nko.
48Yehosafat yɛɛ adwadihyɛn bebree sɛ ɛnkɔ Ofir nkɔpɛ sikakɔkɔɔ. Nanso, ahyɛn no antumi anyɛ adwuma, ɛsɛee wɔ Esion-Geber. 49Saa ɛberɛ no, Ahab babarima Ahasia susuu ho kyerɛɛ Yehosafat sɛ, “Ma me mmarima ne wo mmarima nkɔ ɛpo so akwan nsrahwɛ.” Nanso, Yehosafat ampene so.
50Yehosafat wuiɛ no, wɔsiee no nʼagyanom nkyɛn wɔ Dawid kurom. Ne babarima Yehoram na ɔdii nʼadeɛ sɛ ɔhene.
Ahasia Di Ɔhene Wɔ Israel
51Ahab babarima Ahasia hyɛɛ aseɛ dii Israel so ɛberɛ a na Yehosafat adi adeɛ mfeɛ dunson wɔ Yuda. Ɔdii adeɛ Samaria mfeɛ mmienu. 52Na ɔfaa nʼagya ne ne maame ne Nebat babarima Yeroboam anammɔn so, somm ahoni, yɛɛ bɔne wɔ Awurade ani so. 53Ɔsomm Baal, sɔree no, nam so fuu Awurade, Israel Onyankopɔn, bo sɛdeɛ nʼagya yɛeɛ no.
Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab
1For three years there wasn’t any war between Aram and Israel. 2In the third year Jehoshaphat went down to see Ahab, the king of Israel. Jehoshaphat was king of Judah. 3The king of Israel had spoken to his officials. He had said, “Don’t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us? And we aren’t even doing anything to take it back from the king of Aram.”
4So Ahab asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?”
Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “Yes. I’ll go with you. My men will go with you. My horses will also go with you.” 5Jehoshaphat continued, “First ask the Lord for advice.”
6So the king of Israel brought about 400 prophets together. He asked them, “Should I go to war against Ramoth Gilead? Or should I stay here?”
“Go,” they answered. “The Lord will hand it over to you.”
7But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here? If there is, ask him what we should do.”
8The king of Israel answered Jehoshaphat. He said, “There is still one other man we can go to. We can ask the Lord for advice through him. But I hate him. He never prophesies anything good about me. He only prophesies bad things. His name is Micaiah. He’s the son of Imlah.”
“You shouldn’t say bad things about him,” Jehoshaphat replied.
9So the king of Israel called for one of his officials. He told him, “Bring Micaiah, the son of Imlah, right away.”
10The king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, were wearing their royal robes. They were sitting on their thrones at the threshing floor. It was near the entrance of the gate of Samaria. All the prophets were prophesying in front of them. 11Zedekiah was the son of Kenaanah. Zedekiah had made horns out of iron. They looked like animal horns. He announced, “The Lord says, ‘With these horns you will drive back the men of Aram until they are destroyed.’ ”
12All the other prophets were prophesying the same thing. “Attack Ramoth Gilead,” they said. “Win the battle over it. The Lord will hand it over to you.”
13A messenger went to get Micaiah. He said to him, “Look. The other prophets agree. All of them are saying the king will have success. So agree with them. Say the same thing they do.”
14But Micaiah said, “You can be sure that the Lord lives. And here is something you can be just as sure of. I can only tell the king what the Lord tells me to say.”
15When Micaiah arrived, the king spoke to him. He asked, “Should we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or not?”
“Attack,” he answered. “You will win. The Lord will hand Ramoth Gilead over to you.”
16The king said to him, “I’ve made you promise to tell the truth many times before. So don’t tell me anything but the truth in the name of the Lord.”
17Then Micaiah answered, “I saw all the Israelites scattered on the hills. They were like sheep that didn’t have a shepherd. The Lord said, ‘These people do not have a master. Let each of them go home in peace.’ ”
18The king of Israel spoke to Jehoshaphat. He said, “Didn’t I tell you he never prophesies anything good about me? He only prophesies bad things.”
19Micaiah continued, “Listen to the Lord’s message. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne. All the angels of heaven were standing around him. Some were standing at his right side. The others were standing at his left side. 20The Lord said, ‘Who will get Ahab to attack Ramoth Gilead? I want him to die there.’
“One angel suggested one thing. Another suggested something else. 21Finally, a spirit came forward and stood in front of the Lord. The spirit said, ‘I’ll get Ahab to do it.’
22“ ‘How?’ the Lord asked.
“The spirit said, ‘I’ll go out and put lies in the mouths of all his prophets.’
“ ‘You will have success in getting Ahab to attack Ramoth Gilead,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’
23“So the Lord has put lies in the mouths of all your prophets. He has said that great harm will come to you.”
24Then Zedekiah, the son of Kenaanah, went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. Zedekiah asked Micaiah, “Do you think the spirit sent by the Lord left me? Do you think that spirit went to speak to you?”
25Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inside room to save your life.”
26Then the king of Israel gave an order. He said, “Take Micaiah away. Send him back to Amon. Amon is the ruler of the city of Samaria. And send him back to Joash. Joash is a member of the royal court. 27Tell him, ‘The king says, “Put this fellow in prison. Don’t give him anything but bread and water until I return safely.” ’ ”
28Micaiah announced, “Do you really think you will return safely? If you do, the Lord hasn’t spoken through me.” He continued, “All of you people, remember what I’ve said!”
Ahab Is Killed at Ramoth Gilead
29So the king of Israel went up to Ramoth Gilead. Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, went there too. 30The king of Israel spoke to Jehoshaphat. He said, “I’ll go into battle wearing different clothes. Then people won’t recognize me. But you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel put on different clothes. Then he went into battle.
31The king of Aram had given an order to his 32 chariot commanders. He had said, “Fight only against the king of Israel. Don’t fight against anyone else.” 32The chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat. They thought, “That has to be the king of Israel.” So they turned to attack him. But Jehoshaphat cried out. 33Then the commanders saw he wasn’t the king of Israel after all. So they stopped chasing him.
34But someone shot an arrow without taking aim. The arrow hit the king of Israel between the parts of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Turn the chariot around. Get me out of this battle. I’ve been wounded.” 35All day long the battle continued. The king kept himself standing up by leaning against the inside of his chariot. He kept his face toward the men of Aram. The blood from his wound ran down onto the floor of the chariot. That evening he died. 36As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the army. “Every man must go to his own town!” they said. “Every man must go to his own land!”
37So the king died. He was brought to Samaria. They buried him there. 38They washed the chariot at a pool in Samaria. It was where the prostitutes took baths. The dogs licked up Ahab’s blood. It happened exactly as the Lord had said it would.
39The other events of Ahab’s rule are written down. Everything he did is written down. That includes the palace he built and decorated with ivory. It also includes the cities he built up and put high walls around. All these things are written in the official records of the kings of Israel. 40Ahab joined the members of his family who had already died. Ahab’s son Ahaziah became the next king after him.
Jehoshaphat King of Judah
41Jehoshaphat began to rule over Judah. It was in the fourth year that Ahab was king of Israel. Jehoshaphat was the son of Asa. 42Jehoshaphat was 35 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 25 years. His mother’s name was Azubah. She was the daughter of Shilhi. 43Jehoshaphat followed all the ways of his father Asa. He didn’t wander away from them. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord. But the high places weren’t removed. The people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense at them. 44Jehoshaphat was also at peace with the king of Israel.
45The other events of Jehoshaphat’s rule are written down. The brave things he did in battle and everything else he accomplished are written down. All these things are written in the official records of the kings of Judah. 46Jehoshaphat got rid of the rest of the male prostitutes who were at the temples. They had remained in the land even after the rule of his father Asa. 47At that time Edom didn’t have a king. An area governor was in charge.
48Jehoshaphat built many ships that he used to carry goods to be traded. The ships were supposed to go to Ophir for gold. But they never had a chance to sail. They were wrecked at Ezion Geber. 49At that time Ahaziah, the son of Ahab, spoke to Jehoshaphat. He said, “Let my men sail with yours.” But Jehoshaphat refused.
50Jehoshaphat joined the members of his family who had already died. He was buried in the family tomb in the city of King David. Jehoshaphat’s son Jehoram became the next king after him.
Ahaziah King of Israel
51Ahaziah became king of Israel in Samaria. It was in the 17th year that Jehoshaphat was king of Judah. Ahaziah ruled over Israel for two years. He was the son of Ahab. 52Ahaziah did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He lived the way his father and mother had lived. He lived the way Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, had lived. Jeroboam had caused Israel to sin. 53Ahaziah served and worshiped the god named Baal. He made the Lord, the God of Israel, very angry. That’s exactly what Ahaziah’s father had done.