(NIV) 1 Kings 22:3-4a – “The king of Israel had said to his officials, ‘Don’t you know that Ramoth Gilead belongs to us and yet we are doing nothing to retake it from the king of Aram?’
“So he asked Jehoshaphat, ‘Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?'”
Ahab is back to wanting things that no longer belong to him. I wonder how long he’d been complaining about this or if he just waited until Jehoshaphat was there so he could get his help. And why did Ben-Hadad still have it? The Israelites had a resounding defeat over the Arameans – so why didn’t they keep Ramoth Gilead?
Perhaps that is why Ahab is so annoyed by it. He wants a return to the way things were before, but in pursing that, he will lose his life. In fact, would this battle have even happened if he hadn’t let Ben-Hadad live and been merciful to him earlier?
So a previous mistake costs Ahab his life.