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Jehoram Reigns in Israel

1Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned 12 years.
  2And he did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, but not like his father and like his mother; for he removed the standing-stone of Baal that his father had made.
  3Nevertheless, he clung to the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat with which he made Israel sin; he did not depart from them.

Moab Rebels against Israel

4Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and he had to supply to the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams.
  5But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
  6Then King Jehoram went out of Samaria at that time and counted all Israel for war.
  7He went ahead and he sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, “The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me against Moab to battle?” He said, “I will go up. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
  8And he said, “Which way should we go up?” And he answered, “The Road of the Wilderness of Edom.”

9So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom; and they made a flanking movement of seven days’ journey. Now there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them.

10And the king of Israel said, “Alas! For Yahweh has called these three kings together to give them into the hand of Moab.”

11But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not a prophet of Yahweh here that we may inquire of Yahweh by him?” One of the servants of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”

12Jehoshaphat said, “The word of Yahweh is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

13Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What do you and I have in common? Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother.” But the king of Israel said to him, “Do not say that, because Yahweh has called these three kings together to give them into the hand of Moab.”

14Then Elisha said, “As Yahweh of Armies lives, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I respect the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward you or see you.
  15But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of Yahweh came on him.
  16And he said, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘This valley will be full of pools, many pools.”
  17For this is what Yahweh says, ‘You will not see wind, nor will you see rain; yet that valley will be filled with water and you will drink, both you and your livestock and your animals.
  18This is but a light thing in the eyes of Yahweh. He will also give the Moabites into your hand.
  19You will strike every fortified city and every choice city and fell every good tree and stop up all springs of water, and spoil with stones every good piece of land.’”

20And in the morning, about the time of offering the grain offering, behold, water came from the direction of Edom, and the land was filled with water.

21Now when all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, they gathered themselves together, all who were now able to belt on a sword-belt and older, and stood on the border.
  22They rose up early in the morning and the sun shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water across from them as red as blood.
  23So they said, “This is blood! The kings are slain, yes, slain, and they have struck down each other. So now, Moab, to the spoil!”

24But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and struck down the Moabites so that they fled before them, and they came forward against the land, striking down the Moabites.
  25They wrecked the cities, and on every good piece of land each man cast stones and filled it, and they stopped all the springs of water and felled all the good trees. Only in Kir-hareseth did they leave its stones, however, the men armed with slings went about it and struck it.

26When the king of Moab saw that the battle was too severe for him, he took with him 700 men who drew sword to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not.
  27Then he took his firstborn son who would have reigned in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. There was great wrath against Israel, and they departed from him, and returned to the land.

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