(NIV1984) 1 Kings 22:31-33 – “Now the king of Aram had ordered his thirty-two chariot commanders, ‘Do not fight with anyone, small or great, except the king of Israel.’ When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they thought, ‘Surely this is the king of Israel.’ So they turned to attack him, but when Jehoshaphat cried out, the chariot commanders saw that he was not the king of Israel and stopped pursuing him.”
So first we learn about what has happened to Jehoshaphat.
Actually – first we learn about the king of Aram’s orders. It is this which is really – perhaps most – interesting to me of today’s verses – that the king of Aram wants to seek Ahab out and destroy him. But Ahab spared his life a couple of chapters back. Why this desire to kill Ahab?
Now, Jehoshaphat is the only one dressed as a king on this battlefield, so of course they go after him. But it seems that they knew just from the sound of his voice that he wasn’t Ahab. Congrats to God for saving Jehoshaphat from certain death. All glory be His!
But those chariot commanders must have had more intimate knowledge of Ahab’s voice – perhaps because of those three years of peacetime between them.