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Jehoram Reigns in Israel

1Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria in the 18th year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned 12 years.
  2He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, but not like his father and like his mother; for he got rid of the standing-stone of Baal that his father had made.
  3Nevertheless he held to the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat with which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from it.

Moab Rebels against Israel

4Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and he had to deliver to the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams.
  5But it came to pass when Ahab was dead that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
  6King Jehoram went out of Samaria at that time and mustered all Israel.
  7He went and 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 circuit of seven days’ journey. There was no water for the army nor for the animals that followed them.

10The king of Israel said, “Alas! For Yahweh has called these three kings together to deliver 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 king of Israel’s servants 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 have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother.” The king of Israel said to him, “No, for Yahweh has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.”

14Elisha 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 minstrel.” It came to pass when the minstrel played, that the hand of Yahweh came on him.
  16He said, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘Make this valley full of trenches.’
  17For This is what Yahweh says, ‘You will not see wind, neither 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 deliver the Moabites into your hand.
  19You must strike every fortified city and every choice city and must fell every good tree and stop all springs of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.’”

20It came to pass in the morning, about the time of offering the offering, that behold, water came by the way of Edom, and the country 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 able to put on armor and upward, and stood on the border.
  22They rose up early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, and the Moabites saw the water over against them as red as blood.
  23They said, “This is blood. The kings are surely destroyed and they have struck each other. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!”

24When they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and struck the Moabites so that they fled before them, and they went forward into the land smiting the Moabites.
  25They beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land they cast every man his stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the springs of water and felled all the good trees until in Kir Hareseth only they left 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 eldest 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 their own land.

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