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Jehoshaphat joins affinity with Ahab, and consents to go with him
to Ramoth - gilead, ver. 1 - 3.
The false prophets promise them success, ver. 4 - 11.
Micaiah foretells the death of Ahab, ver. 6 - 27.
Jehoshaphat hardly escapes, ver. 28 - 32.
Ahab slain, ver. 33, 34.
1: With Ahab - For Joram's eldest son married Athaliah,
4: Enquire, &c. - This we should do, whatever we undertake, by
particular, believing prayer, by an unbiased consulting of the scriptures
and our own consciences, and by a close regard to the hints of providence.
22: Lying spirit, &c. - See the power of Satan! One lying spirit
can make four hundred lying prophets. And thus he frequently becomes
a murderer by being a liar, and destroys men by deceiving them.
26: This fellow, &c. - How frequently has this been the lot of
faithful ministers, to be hated and ill treated, merely for being true
to God: and just and kind to the souls of men! But that day will declare
who is in the right, and who is in the wrong, when Christ appears to the
unspeakable consolation of the persecuted, and the everlasting confusion
of their persecutors.
31: Cried out - He cried out, either to his friends to help, or to
his enemies, to let them know, he was not the king of Israel: or to God,
and not in vain; for he moved the captains to depart from him. Many are
moved in a manner unaccountable both to themselves and others; but an
invisible power moves them.
34: He died - What can hurt those whom God will protect? And what
can shelter those whom God will destroy? Jehoshaphat is saved in his
robes; Ahab is killed in his armour!