2 Kings 3

1Jehoram son of Ahab became king over Israel at Samaria. He began to rule during Jehoshaphat’s 18th year as king of Judah. Jehoram ruled 12 years. 2Jehoram did the things that the Lord said were wrong. But Jehoram was not like his father and mother, because he removed the pillar that his father had made for worshiping Baal. 3But he continued to do the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat. Jeroboam caused the Israelites to sin. Jehoram did not stop the sins of Jeroboam. 4Mesha was the king of Moab. Mesha owned many sheep. Mesha gave the wool of 100,000 lambs and 100,000 rams to the king of Israel. 5But when Ahab died, the king of Moab broke away from the rule of the king of Israel. 6Then King Jehoram went out of Samaria and gathered together all the men of Israel. 7Jehoram sent ˻messengers˼ to Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah. Jehoram said, “The king of Moab has broken away from my rule. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?” Jehoshaphat said, “Yes, I will go with you. We will join together as one army. My people will be like your people. And my horses will be like your horses.” 8Jehoshaphat asked Jehoram, “Which way should we go?” Jehoram answered, “We should go through the Desert of Edom.” 9So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. They traveled around for seven days. There was not enough water for the army or for their animals. 10Finally, the king of Israel ˻(Jehoram)˼ said, “Oh, I think the Lord really brought us three kings together only to let the Moabites defeat us!” 11But Jehoshaphat said, “Surely one of the Lord’s prophets is here. Let’s ask the prophet what the Lord says we should do.” One of the servants of the king of Israel said, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. Elisha was Elijah’s servant.” 12Jehoshaphat said, “The Lord’s word is with Elisha!” So the king of Israel ˻(Jehoram)˼, Jehoshaphat, and the king of Edom went down to see Elisha. 13Elisha said to the king of Israel ˻(Jehoram)˼, “What do you want from me? Go to the prophets of your father and mother!” The king of Israel said to Elisha, “No, ˻we have come to see you˼ because the Lord called us three kings together to let the Moabites defeat us. ˻We need your help˼.” 14Elisha said, “I respect Jehoshaphat the king of Judah and I serve the Lord All-Powerful. And as sure as he lives, I came here only because of Jehoshaphat. I tell you the truth, if Jehoshaphat was not here, I would not pay any attention to you. I would ignore you completely! 15But now bring me a person who plays the harp.” When the person played the harp, the Lord’s power came on Elisha. 16Then Elisha said, “This is what the Lord says: Dig holes in the valley. 17This is what the Lord says: You won’t see wind, you won’t see rain. But that valley will be filled with water. Then you and your cows and other animals will have water to drink. 18It is easy for the Lord to do. He will also let you defeat the Moabites. 19You will attack every strong city and every good city. You will cut down every good tree. You will stop up all the springs of water. You will ruin every good field with the stones ˻that you throw at it˼.” 20In the morning, at the time for the morning sacrifice, water began flowing from the direction of Edom and filled the valley. 21The people in Moab heard that the kings had come up to fight against them. So the people in Moab gathered together all the men old enough to wear armor. They waited at the border, ˻ready for the battle˼. 22The people of Moab got up early that morning. The rising sun was shining on the water in the valley, and it looked like blood to the people of Moab. 23The people of Moab said, “Look at the blood! The kings must have fought against each other. They must have destroyed each other. Let’s go take the valuable things from the dead bodies!” 24The Moabite people came to the Israelite camp. But the Israelites came out and attacked the Moabite army. The Moabite people ran away from the Israelites. The Israelites followed them into Moab to fight the Moabites. 25The Israelites destroyed the cities. They threw their stones at every good field in Moab. They stopped up all the springs of water. And they cut down all the good trees. The Israelites fought all the way to Kir Hareseth. The soldiers surrounded Kir Hareseth and attacked it, too! 26The king of Moab saw that the battle was too strong for him. So he took 700 men with swords to break through ˻the army and kill˼ the king of Edom. But they could not break through to the king of Edom. 27Then the king of Moab took his oldest son. This was the son who would become the next king after him. On the wall around the city, the king of Moab offered his son as a burnt offering. This upset the people of Israel very much. So the people of Israel left the king of Moab and went back to their own land.

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