Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth
year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years.
And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and like his
mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made.
Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made
Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.
And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an
hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.
But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the
king of Israel.
And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.
And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab
hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I
will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy
And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the
wilderness of Edom.
So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they
fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host,
and for the cattle that followed them.
And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings
together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!
But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire
of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said,
Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and
Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to
the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel
said unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver
them into the hand of Moab.
And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it
not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look
toward thee, nor see thee.
But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that
the hand of the LORD came upon him.
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.
For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that
valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and
And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the
Moabites also into your hand.
And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every
good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with
And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that,
behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with
And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them,
they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward, and stood in the
And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun shone upon the water, and the
Moabites saw the water on the other side as red as blood:
And they said, This is blood: the kings are surely slain, and they have smitten one
another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil.
And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the
Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites,
even in their country.
And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast every man his
stone, and filled it; and they stopped all the wells of water, and felled all the good
trees: only in Kirharaseth left they the stones thereof; howbeit the slingers went
about it, and smote it.
And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with
him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom:
but they could not.
Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him
for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and
they departed from him, and returned to their own land.