1 Kings 22:6-7

(NIV1984) 1 Kings 22:6-7 – “So the king of Israel brought together the prophets – about four hundred men – and asked them, ‘Shall I go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall I refrain?’
“‘Go,’ they answered, ‘for the Lord will give it into the king’s hand.’
“But Jehoshaphat asked, ‘Is there not a prophet of the LORD here whom we can inquire of?'”

This is interesting in that Ahab does have prophets – about four hundred of them – through whom he means to seek the LORD’s counsel.  They aren’t prophets of the LORD in the same sense Micaiah is, I don’t think, but they seem fairly upset when told otherwise.  In fact, these prophets confuse me.  Are they intentionally false?  Have they always been false?  Have they actually prophesied correctly before?  I don’t know.

But it is even more interesting to not that they call God something different – they don’t say the LORD will give it, they say “the Lord will give it”.  I don’t know what the word choice or meaning difference is, but it’s certainly enough to get Jehoshaphat’s attention and alert him to the fact that something is very wrong here.

(The first is Adonai, the second is Jehovah.)

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