King Jehoshaphat becomes a friend of King Ahab
1 Jehoshaphat became very rich. People respected him very much. His son married Ahab's daughter, so he and Ahab became friends. 2 After some years, he went to visit Ahab in Samaria. Ahab killed many sheep and cows to give honour to Jehoshaphat and the people who were with him. Ahab wanted to attack Ramoth Gilead, so he asked Jehoshaphat to help him.
18:2Ahab was the king of Israel, the kingdom north of Judah. He lived in the city of Samaria.
3 King Ahab of Israel said to King Jehoshaphat of Judah, ‘Will you go with me to attack Ramoth Gilead?’ Jehoshaphat replied, ‘Yes, we should work together! Use my soldiers as if they belonged to you. My army will join with your army in the war.’ 4 Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, ‘Before we go to fight, we must ask the Lord what we should do.’
5 So the king of Israel brought together 400 prophets. He asked them, ‘Should we attack Ramoth Gilead, or not?’ They answered, ‘Yes, go and attack it, because the God will give it to you, our king.’